Indie natural line Aftelier has launched two new fragrances, Secret Garden and Oud Luban.
Secret Garden (shown) ~ "Like fitting a key in a lock, when you inhale Secret Garden, you enter a redolent and sensual wild garden. To create the heady and exotic floral experience, it includes two historical animal essences: very old civet bought from a retired perfumer and castoreum tinctured from the beaver. Secret Garden opens into roses and wood brightened with mixed citrus. The jasmine sambac heart of the perfume, with its spicy indolic kick, paired with the jammy raspberry, lends the illusion of spice where there is none -- like a blind alley in the garden. This intertwines with voluptuous Turkish rose absolute and the watery gardenia aroma of blue lotus. Both the phantom spice and otherworldly blue lotus create a feeling of hidden mystery in this garden. The sumptuous balsamic base is rooted in beautiful deertongue (*not* an animal ingredient), which combines the sweet and powdery notes of tonka beans with the aromas of the countryside." Additional notes include bergamot, bois de rose, Geraniol, blood orange, vanilla, benzoin and aged patchouli.
Aftelier Secret Garden is available in 30 ml Eau de Parfum spray ($150), or in 2 ml ($45) or 1/4 oz ($150) Parfum.
Oud Luban ~ "Oud, the dark, resinous and infected Aquilaria heartwood, is the most expensive essence in the world. To create the desired oud notes, eight different varieties are blended. Oud Luban is a perfume of great highs and lows, with no middle notes. It opens with the fresh citrus top notes of the finest hojari frankincense, coupled with sweet incense and resinous notes of elemi and luban. This evolves onto the sweet balsamic notes of the faintly vanilla benzoin, the spicy balsamic opopanax, and the fine cognac-like notes of aged patchouli. Threading through the drydown, and softened by the resin, are the smoky choya ral and precious oud, which is intimate and softly animal like a lover's body. This perfume is perfect for layering with florals -- the oud brings an earthy richness that allows the florals to bloom on the skin." Additional notes include orange terpenes, blood orange and aged patchouli.
Aftelier Oud Luban is available in 1/4 oz solid perfume in a sterling compact ($210).
(via press release)