Woo Hoo Posse! Whenever a sample comes in the mail from Mandy Aftel of Aftelier Perfumes the excitement is real. If you’re not aware of Mandy she is single handedly inspiring a generation of natural perfumers in the USA and worldwide. Her books are used as reference by perfumers and perfumistas alike. I’m thinking Aftelier’s Hey Jude might be a perfect gift if someone you really love is a rose fragrance fiend. The giving season is coming up and a sample in with the card might be the perfect add on, just to let them know that you know and love them for it. The Hey Jude sample, a Nesti Dante Rose Champagne soap and a card should be under $20.
Hey Jude by Aftelier Perfume 2023
Aftelier Perfumes gives these featured accords:
Bergamot, yellow mandarin, apricot, peach, Turkish rose, ten-year-old ambergris tincture, Ross’ aged musk, antique civet.
Firstly, the packaging is always exquisite. Mandy writes a note by hand, the paper, box and everything are bespoke. She even uses coloured bubble packs, this year it’s gold. Everything has the same thoughtfully produced feeling that her fragrances have. Beautiful.
On to the scent! OHHHHH! Mossy citrus opens. It’s fresh and cool. This only lasts less than a minute before Hey Jude turns quite animalic on my skin. Animalic but powdery. I don’t know if you’ve ever grabbed a past its prime rose and torn the petals off before strewing them on a pathway or throwing them over a bride. This scent has the texture of that ultra soft, powdery petals your hand. The scent of a past perfect bloom in my memory is also a strangely honeyed, lightly also past prime fruit-ish rose. How has Mandy captured this so perfectly.
There are hints of tea through the heart too.
Dry down is blowsy, old school, plate sized roses. A lovely wash, fragrant but not overwhelming. I’m not familiar with Jude the Obscure’s scent buy if Hey Jude is it then I’m a fan. Bravo Mandy, another fragrant triumph.
I have also loved Mandy’s Violet Ambrosia.
Do you have a favourite Aftelier perfume? Does Hey Jude sound like something you’d like?