The weather has suddenly turned cool and windy here in the northeast, so it's the perfect time for me to upgrade my skincare for extra moisture and protection — and if I can work a good-smelling product or two into my regimen, then all the better! Natural perfumer Mandy Aftel of Aftelier has just released a new Organic Ylang Face Elixir, which I've been sampling this week. It contains organic ylang ylang, a creamy floral blended with bright pink grapefruit and blood orange, both known for their toning and softening properties, in a base of seven organic oils (rice bran, sweet almond, apricot kernel, camellia, grapeseed, squalene and rose hip seed).
When I first became seriously interested in fragrance, and I was smelling as many perfumes as I could in order to define what I liked, I realized that ylang ylang was (and is) one of my favorite floral notes. It's sensual without being overpowering or animalic, and it adds an "exotic" element to softer, more garden-like florals. In Aftelier Organic Ylang Face Elixir, the ylang ylang is creamy and a touch custard-y, yet its bright side also makes an appearance, heightened by the presence of the natural citrus oils. The resulting scent is smooth and sunny, uplifting and calming at the same time. I think I might even notice a touch of rose in the blend, but I could be wrong all about that. What I do know is that this potion's fragrance makes me smile.
Aftelier's Face Elixirs are now packaged in glass bottles with dropper caps, which makes them very convenient to use, even if you're feeling sleepy towards bedtime. I've been working from a sample vial, which isn't difficult, either: I dispense three or four drops into the palm of my hand, let them warm there for a few seconds, and then gently press and massage the elixir into my face. My finicky complexion has accepted this formula without any problem at all, and when I wake the next morning, my face feels soft and smooth (but not greasy). Plus, I've had the pleasure of drifting off to sleep on a light wave of scent; I can't ask for much more!
Do you have a favorite skincare product that's fragranced as well as effective? Feel free to share in the comments!
Aftelier Organic Ylang Face Elixir sells for $65 for 15 ml; 1 ml samples (enough for several uses) are available for $6. For purchasing information, see the listing for Aftelier under Perfume Houses.