Hi Posse! NEW STUFF arrived in the mail. This time it’s from the wonderful Mandy Aftel. It’s a solid perfume of Antique Ambergris. WOO HOO! Thanks Mandy! We often speak about Aftelier Perfumes here on Perfume Posse.
There’s something so ritualistic about putting a solid perfume on, quite unlike any other fragrant experience. Makes me think of Ancient Egyptians and the baths of Ottoman women. Luxurious and pampering.
Mandy sums it up so perfectly on her website:
The creamy texture of solid perfume is the perfect medium for Antique Ambergris, where its opulent and extravagant lusciousness, filled with warmth and life, is worn close to the body. Gorgeous on its own, it can also be layered over or under any other perfume to extend it and add shimmer.
Antique Ambergris by Aftelier Perfumes
Aftelier gives this accord breakdown:
Antique ambergris — amber, warm, round, sweet, marine, woody
Antique civet — animalic, tender, floral, multi-layered
Aged cypress absolute — jammy sweet, warmth of the forest
Coumarin — powdery softness
How does it smell? Good. Really, really good. Animalic, chocolatey, earthy and rich yet light as a feather. This will fully fit the animalic cravers yet anyone who is terrified of that won’t be overwhelmed. There’s a lot more going on here than the animalics. Lightly salted chocolate covered caramel, woodiness, resins and amber all combine like a sheer gourmand.
Interestingly Mandy has told us to wear it solo or as a fixative for other fragrances. Excellent idea because Antique Ambergris will give a heady depth too. Further, on its own there is a very alluring, sotto voce animalic sillage.
Antique Ambergris wears close and is a selfish fragrance. All for the wearer and only minimally for anyone else. Consequently, if you are in a fragrance free work environment you could definitely get away with wearing it. YAY, naughty. Also I think it would be fun to be so subversive. In contrast to so much fragrance offered today you will feel connected to the earth while wearing Antique Ambergris. All natural without it smelling like you have dredged a pond. Somehow Mandy has a way of making all natural work above and beyond the genre.
I really think you should try Antique Ambergris.
Does it sound like you might?