Mandy Aftel has been brewing up some exquisite concoctions at Aftelier. She graciously sent me a sample of her newest fragrance to try as a thank you gift for being a customer.
Amber Tapestry weaves together top notes of heliotropin and yellow mandarine with a heart of jasmine grandiflorum, jasmine sambac, pear and cinnamon on a foundation of ambreine, labdanum, maltol, benzoin, castoreum, ambergris and coumarin. As a reminder, all of Mandy's fragrant creations are all natural.
Flames of gilded petals and smoldering ambers lick up and down the skin, a fragrant mirage of warmth shimmering like an aura. This is the feel of Amber Tapestry. Powdered gold dusted heliotrope and yellow mandarin blossoms unfurl their nostalgic ivory petals upon the landscape of a medieval tapestry, The Unicorn in Captivity. Honeyed jasmine blossoms abound in the heart, sweetened by pears and spiced by cinnamon. The overall heart accord strikes a breath taking honey tone. Aged and deep and golden, this honey drips as the juice from the unicorn's pomegranate tree. As this exquisite natural beauty weaves its threads of silk and gold to tell its story, sturdy and warming cords of amber wool, underlying the whole piece, provide strength and longevity to the aroma. Downy pelt, living animal, golden sheen, dark warmth; the amber base holds all of these in a magical brew that is the unicorn in the center yet the darkness all around, setting off the florals to antiqued perfection.
Photo Credit: Met Museum
This new fragrance from Aftelier is a treasure indeed. A 1 ml sample runs $7, the 30 ml eau de parfum spray is $180.00.