A VALENTINE DAY SERIES ALL MONTH LONG

Posted by Felicia M Hazzard 14 February, 2011

    


 CHOCOLATES from around the World:
       A four part series on natural perfumers
     Chances are you have eaten chocolate ice cream, a chocolate candy bar or strawberries dipped in chocolate. Most of us had all three and cannot deny on how delicious it is.
      Here is the one million dollar question. Have you worn a natural perfume made with chocolate? If so, then you are a true perfumista. If not, let me introduce you to four amazing perfumers from around the world that will inspire you to seek natural and organic perfumes.
      These perfumers have three distinct similarities that cannot be overlooked. First, they are all passionate natural perfumers, secondly, they have created perfumes made with chocolate and third, they are “The Leading Ladies” of natural perfumery.
   The first leading lady is Mandy Aftel, perfumer from the United States of America, Ambrosia Jones, perfumer from Australia, Hilde Soliani, perfumer from Italy and Introducing for the very first time, perfumer Emily Pienaar of South Africa.
Mandy Aftel
    Each of these perfumers have dedicated themselves to the Art of Perfumery and this four part series consisting of an article and interview throughout the month of February will showcase their skills and art form in creating a perfume using chocolate.
    Mandy Aftel is renowned for her creation and passion to natural perfumery. Ms. Aftel is owner of  a studio in Berkeley, California named, AFTELIER PERFUMES. She is not only a Master Perfumer, but an author of several books including the best seller, ESSENCE AND ALCHEMY: A NATURAL HISTORY OF PERFUME published in 2004 by Gibbs Smith.
  Ms. Aftel is featured in print and online publications, perfume blogs and her perfume creations can be found in exclusive shops, boutiques and online niche fragrance sites just to name a few.
    This particular series will focus on one of Ms. Aftel finest creations, CACAO PERFUME that features the cocoa bean in its bliss.
   CACAO was created in small batches by hand using the only pure botanical essences from around the world. CACAO is a unisex fragrance that Ms. Aftel was so detailed in  creating  by making a chocolate alcohol that is used as the foundation and then Steve De Vries, friend and Master Chocolatier carefully selected organic cocoa beans from Costa Rica.
 CACAO PERFUME is made with Top Notes: blood orange, pink grapefruit  Heart Notes: jasmine sambac, grandiflorum  Base Notes: chocolate, vanilla
  I spoke with Ms. Aftel further during a phone conversation about her amazing perfume creation, CACAO and what inspires and motivates a world renowned perfumer with over 15 years in the industry.

  THE INTERVIEW
  Mandy, what is it about chocolate that you like?
  Extraordinary! Chocolate is a perfume all by itself. The taste is multi-facet…it is smooth and it has so many notes in it. It a sensual overload.
 Do you feel dark chocolate is the most healthy?
 Yes, it is the healthiest. It has many healthy benefits and it is so delicious.

 What do you like most about CACAO PERFUME?
 As a customer, pleasing me is not easy. CACAO is like another facet. It like a book of poems, it has to fit together. I look at so many things to make but he (Steve De Vries) finds them for me which is exquisite. The vanilla beans in CACAO are from Tahiti and these beans are very floral. The cocoa beans from Costa Rica have the best chocolate aroma, using cocoa absolute would not have given the same effect.

 Mandy, what inspired you to create CACAO?
 Chocolate is floral and CACAO is made with two kinds of jasmine. It has chocolate on the edge and the citrus jasmine combined with vanilla. It is the aroma that I like.

 What do you want the woman or man wearing CACAO PERFUME to experience?
The pleasure and to feel happy wearing it.

Purchase: aftelier.com
Information: Steve De Vries  devrieschocolate.com
Photo Credit: fragrantica.com, aftelier.com, thespicedepot.com





      
CHOCOLATES from around the World:
     A four part series on natural perfumers

     Chances are you have eaten chocolate ice cream, a chocolate candy bar or strawberries dipped in chocolate. Most of us had all three and cannot deny on how delicious it is.
      Here is the one million dollar question, have you worn a natural perfume made with chocolate? If so, then you are a true perfumista. If not, let me introduce you to four amazing perfumers from around the world that will inspire you to seek natural and organic perfumes.
      These perfumers have three distinct similarities that cannot be overlooked. First, they are all passionate natural perfumers, secondly, they have created perfumes made with chocolate and third, they are “The Leading Ladies” of natural perfumery.
   The first leading lady is Mandy Aftel, perfumer from the United States of America, Ambrosia Jones, perfumer from Australia, Hilde Soliani, perfumer from Italy and Introducing for the very first time, perfumer Emily Pienaar of South Africa.
    Each of these perfumers have dedicated themselves to the Art of Perfumery and this four part series consisting of an article and interview throughout the month of February will showcase their skills and art form in creating a perfume using chocolate.
    Mandy Aftel is renowned for her creation and passion to natural perfumery. Ms. Aftel is owner a studio in Berkeley, California named, AFTELIER PERFUMES. She is not only a Master Perfumer, but an author of several books including the best seller, ESSENCE AND ALCHEMY: A NATURAL HISTORY OF PERFUME published in 2004 by Gibbs Smith.
  Ms. Aftel is featured in print and online magazine publications, perfume blogs and her perfume creations can be found in exclusive shops, boutiques and online niche fragrance sites just to name a few.
    This particular series will focus on one of Ms. Aftel finest creations, CACAO PERFUME that features the cocoa bean in its bliss.
   CACAO was created in small batches by hand using the only pure botanical essences from around the world. CACAO is a unisex fragrance that Ms. Aftel was so detailed by creating a chocolate alcohol that is used as the foundation and then Steve De Vries, Master Chocolatier carefully selected organic cocoa beans from Costa Rica.
 CACAO PERFUME is made with Top Notes: blood orange, pink grapefruit  Heart Notes: jasmine sambac and grandiflorum  Base Notes: chocolate, vanilla
  I spoke with Ms. Aftel further during a phone conversation about her amazing perfume creation, CACAO and what inspires and motivates a world renowned perfumer with over 15 years in the industry.

  THE INTERVIEW
  Mandy, what is it about chocolate that you like?
  Extraordinary! Chocolate is a perfume all by itself. The taste is multi-facet…it is smooth and it has so many notes in it. It a sensual overload.
 Do you feel dark chocolate is the most healthy?
 Yes, it is the healthiest. It has many healthy benefits and it is so delicious.

 What do you like most about CACAO PERFUME?
 As a customer, pleasing me is not easy. CACAO is like another facet. It like a book of poems, it has to fit together. I look at so many things to make but he (Steve De Vries) finds them for me which is exquisite. The vanilla beans in CACAO are from Tahiti and these beans are very floral. The cocoa beans from Costa Rica have the best chocolate aroma, using cocoa absolute would not have given the same effect.

 Mandy, what inspired you to create CACAO?
 Chocolate is floral and CACAO is made with two kinds of jasmine. It has chocolate on the edge and the citrus jasmine combined with vanilla. It is the aroma that I like.

 What do you want the woman or man wearing CACAO PERFUME to experience?
The pleasure and to feel happy wearing it.

Purchase: aftelier.com
Information: Steve De Vries  devrieschocolate.com
Photo Credit: fragrantica.com, aftelier.com, thespicedepot.com





      
       
       


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