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December 03, 2010

What Makes Scents: Natural Mystic

We all have our means of relaxing and feeling good - if it works, to each her own.  Usually a glass of wine while watching reality TV does it for me.

Research from the Journal of Biological Chemistry has found that the scent of jasmine is as calming and soothing, even more so than Valium.

The fragrance Candide by Aftelier has a base of jasmine and myrrh, which is brightened by pink grapefruit and blood orange. I got to meet Mandy Aftel, the natural perfumer behind Aftelier as she hosted an event at Henri Bendel last month.  

As she described her process for blending perfumes, it seemed like magic. She takes essential oils and melds them together to smell like something else. She crafts a fig perfume from oils like lavender and fir from Canada.  For me that's like taking chocolate and rum, and making it taste like steak.

The result is a complex symphony of fragrance that reacts with your body chemistry in ways that synthetics just can't mimic!

-Posted by: Shanna Sabio

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