I fastened my web-belt and flew through the world-wide-web to ask Mandy Aftel about the solid perfume option for Cuir de Gardenia which is also available as an extrait and an oil. Enquiring minds were wanting to know more about how a perfume in solid form would smell. I know with the Serge Lutens wax samples I found them to be a great approximation of the liquid form of the scent as well as a sensual delight to apply. They create a veil of scent rather than a loud statement.
Mandy Aftel explains:
The solid perfumes smell slightly different than the extraits (of which I only have two: Cuir de Gardenia and Oud Luban).
The combination of the beeswax and jojoba oil in the solid perfumes tend to make them wear closer to the body and have less “lift” — similarly, the extraits have less lift than the perfumes in alcohol. The extraits are in fractionated coconut oil which is very light and shear for an oil.
The wax solid comes in the standard Aftelier case pictured above or you can choose from unique antique compacts sourced by Mandy which can be viewed here.
Cuir de Gardenia
Perfumer: Mandy Aftel
Release Date: November 2013
Straight to the Heart: tiare (gardenia) absolute, jasmine grandiflorum absolute, benzyl acetate.
Dry Down: castoreum, ethyl phenyl acetate, malto
Solid perfume – 1/4 ounce sterling silver compact $US240
Perfume Oil – 1/4 ml sample $US6
Aftelier Perfumes – website
Cuir de Gardenia – Part 1 – Notes and Mandy’s thoughts
Cuir de Gardenia – Part 2 – Review
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Riktig Parfym – Cuir de Gardenia – review
The Non-Blonde – Cuir de Gardenia – review
The Black Narcissus – Cuir de Gardenia – reaction
Aftelier Perfume – The Secret Accord – Ancient Resins
Olfactoria’s Travels – Tea Time with Mandy Aftel
Té de Violetas – Mandy Aftel interviewed by Virginia Blanco / Ylang Organic Face Elixir . (The English version is below the Spanish version.)
Fragrantica – Elena Vosnaki interviews Mandy Aftel The Viewpoint of the Artisan Businesswoman and Perfumer.
Aftelier – solid perfumes
Aftelier – Oud Luban – extrait
Smelly Thoughts – a boatload of natural narcotics
Kafkaesque – review