NEW! Violet Ambrosia by Aftelier Perfumes

Heya Posse! I accidentally uploaded a half finished version of this a couple of weeks ago. This is the finished product. Violet Ambrosia is the latest release from Mandy Aftel. It’s always so exciting to hear that she has a new scent coming and I anticipate her package with samples so much. She’s so lovely and always emails making sure I’d like to try it, checking best address and asking about the family here. It must be unbelievably time consuming for her and to remember so much detail is a real gift. Yes, I’m a fan.

Here is a link to last years release: Embers & Musk

Violet Ambrosia by Aftelier Perfumes

Violet Ambrosia by Aftelier Perfumes

Parfumo gives these featured accords:
Violet, Broom absolute, Alpha ionone, Vanilla, Violet leaf, Raspberry, Ylang-ylang, Sandalwood, Mimosa, Bergamot

As the last post for 2020 what could be better than writing about the amazing Mandy Aftel’s newest release?

Already, reading the note list I’m excited to try Violet Ambrosia, and what a fab name. It sounds like something the fairies, or gods, drink.

Opening is green, a dark galbanum-esque but more thrilling ride. My nose is saying violet leaf, broom and a sweet yet dry jammy rose. How does Mandy make such a contradiction work, and so effortlessly. A lovely, ethereal fragrance with plenty of space between the notes while still being fully fragrant.

The heart seems much more woody than I’d expect from the note list and as we head towards dry down it becomes a comfortable, lightly resin-sweet fragrance with only the merest memory of violets. So divinely wearable.

You know those rom-com movies where the sweet, unwitting guy meets the gorgeous, preoccupied woman? I’ve been watching a bunch of them over the C19 enforced holiday. Violet Ambrosia smells like the moment the rom-com protagonists both finally understand and accept that they are meant to be. As beautiful as a first kiss leading to something wonderful.

You can visit Aftelier Perfumes Site. They have samples and bottles.

Does Violet Ambrosia sounds like something you’d love?
Portia xx

Happy New Year


  • I love mandy Aftel. thank you for sharing information with us. it’s very helpful for me.

  • aftelier says:

    Dearest Portia,
    I am just knocked out by your wonderful review and always so charmed at the things you pick to focus on in my perfumes.
    It really makes me feel so good and so seen by you!
    And, my God, the comments that your followers wrote on your blog just made my heart sing! In general, I read the comments on a review with terror in my heart and this was so incredibly uplifting!!!
    Thank you for ending my year with such happiness!
    xoxo Mandy

  • Dina C. says:

    I could totally get on board with this one Portia! I’m wearing Chanel Les Exclusifs Misia, another violet scent, right now, and everyone knows I love green scents. Thanks for the heads up!

  • Musette says:

    Portia –
    First, Happy New Year! (it’s already 2021 where you are, so CONGRATULATIONS! 😉
    Second, this is such a charming review and reminds me how much you know about perfume, blending, notes… and how beautifully you present your thoughts.
    Third, this does sound delightful! You know I am a huge fan of Liz Zorn’s Violets & Rainwater – it’s one of the few violets where the ionones don’t blast my nose out. I wonder how this one would do?
    Fourth, I didn’t realize she offers both Alpha and Beta Ionone as isolates (and that’s as far as my own knowledge goes! LOL!)


    • Portia says:

      Thank you Musette,
      Yes, we are well into 2021 here in Oz. The first thing I did this year was have a steaming hot bubble bath before going to bed. Woke up to Jin making traditional Korean New Years Day Rice Cake & Dumpling Soup. A perfect start.
      Hope yours is as calm and wonderful.
      All the hugs,
      Portia xx

  • Tara C says:

    I’m a big violet fan so this sounds lovely. Some day I’d love to visit her shop & museum. Happy new year!

    • Portia says:

      One day, when the C19 pandemic settles down I think we should organise a Posse/Aftelier workshop. Maybe a three day adventure? Wouldn’t that be amazing?
      Portia xxx

  • Cinnamon says:

    Mandy Aftel does some really interesting and lovely things — and appears to have long followed her own road in perfumery. My fave in her line is Cepes & Tuberose.

    • Portia says:

      LOVE Cepes & Tuberose Cinnamon. Yes, Mandy is all her own magic. It’s wonderful to see anyone follow their passion with such success, inspiring eh.
      Portia xx

  • March says:

    This does sound pretty delightful, and I love the name! Happy New Year to you and Jin and may 2021 be a better year than this one!

  • Maya says:

    It definitely sounds like something I could love. I keep meaning to try some samples from her but have never gotten around to it. The one that I’ve always been the most interested in is Parfum Prive – crazy expensive – but then again I have a birthday coming up – maybe a sample as a gift to me from me. :))

    • Portia says:

      Hey M<aya,
      Aftelier is definitely worth a sniff. If you’re going to try one, try a few. They will knock your socks off.
      Portia xx

  • Jo Ann says:

    I love Mandy. I took a perfume course from her.
    Her creations are amazing and I believe she is too.
    Happy New Year Portia!