...leechiyong, who takes the Aftelier Tango mini from our last contest. Congrats!
What is it: a new 2 ml mini of Aftelier Tango, courtesy of Mandy Aftel at Aftelier. Mandy had noticed comments here recently (nozknoz, I hope you are listening!) bemoaning that Tango had been discontinued. She does still make Tango for special orders, and she says she has some left over from her last batch.
How do I get it: For a chance to win, leave a comment on the website telling us a) your favorite Aftelier fragrance or b) your favorite natural perfume or c) something else you’ve been dying to say in a comment.
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With all the restrictions on fragrance materials and perfume house budgets, a lot of us fear for classic chypres. Aftelier Bergamoss is proof that the chypre as François Coty conceived of it lives on.
Mandy Aftel created Bergamoss with top notes including bergamot and wild sweet orange; heart notes of peach, citronellol and nutmeg absolute; and a base of oakmoss, flouve absolute, coumarin and antique civet. For me, Bergamoss tags all the bases of a beautifully made chypre and slides in for a home run with its seamless construction.
Because there’s little I like more than abusing a metaphor, let’s examine Bergamoss’s progress as it scores. Prepare your Cracker Jacks…
Realize Magazine talks to Mandy Aftel of Aftelier. It's a long conversation — about 40 minutes — and covers topics ranging from how Aftel got interested in fragrance; to her latest book, Fragrant; to her perfume organ and the basics of top, middle and base notes (they smell a 100 year old sandalwood, among others). At about the 23 minute mark, Aftel mixes up a perfume from one of the recipes in her book, and talks about how the music of Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen helps her create. [Note that the sound is messed up for a couple minutes early on in the video, but it resolves quickly.]