VIDEO: A look at Aftelier Perfumes

Please excuse the kind of, robotic, echo-y audio at times, I have no idea why that happened :(
Let me know what you think of these vids by the way, if they’re clogging up my blog and I should keep them to YouTube and just use this for writing tell me so!!

Thanks for the support as always everyone


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25 thoughts on “VIDEO: A look at Aftelier Perfumes

  1. lucasai says:

    Man, you’re really passionate about Aftelier Perfumes. Mandy After should make you her spokesperson assistant! Loved the video.
    Here I have to confess I have never tried anything from Mandy Aftel, I’m really far behind when it comes to natural perfumery. I’m just starting with Sonoma Scent Studio.

    • Haha!! That’s very true :’) I’m super passionate about other brands too I promise :P
      I haven’t tried anything from SSS! So, I guess I’m behind too.
      I think where a lot of natural brands fail, is that they make LOADS of fragrances, and it looks amateurish. But yes, I’m a big Aftelier fan boy!

      • lucasai says:

        I got a samples coffret at Perfume Posse Swapmania and I’m going to start reviewing them soon. I also talked with Laurie via Twitter about her new all natural perfumes and she’ll let me try them. I’m excited.
        I’m also looking forward to try One Seed Company Devition. It’s also all natural perfume, I won a 5ml spray at Ca Fleure Bon.

      • Melis says:

        I’ve sampled a couple of SSS mixed media perfumes courtesy of the lovely Dionne. Winter Woods and Femme Jolie–both are very nice. Nothing complicated, straight forward pretty scents.

  2. Kate says:

    The cold hard truth is, I have no use for video blogs and never watch them no matter whose they are. I enjoy your writing, but you’re on the verge of being deleted from my RSS feed despite being first to turn me on to Slumberhouse. But my opinion counts for nothing; if you enjoy doing vids, there’s plenty of people who go for that kind of thing.

  3. Melis says:

    Freddie, I really enjoy your videos. Ultimately, it is your choice whether to continue putting them on your blog. I think it is a suitable place for them.

    I have a deep appreciation for natural perfumes. I’ve read Essence and Alchemy countless times. I have also studied the subject myself and own a couple natural perfumery handbooks. As well as having a pretty nice selection of essences and floral absolutes. I haven’t tried any of the perfumes you have from Aftelier. I’ve sampled her Amber and her Honeyblossom.

    I can also appreciate what synthetics bring to a composition. I think that is why I am drawn to the work of Vero Kern and Andy Tauer. I am convinced they use a high degree of quality naturals in conjunction with judicious use of synthetics.

    • Aw thank you Melis.
      Nose twins again as always – those two are exactly the perfumer’s I’d mention to show examples of great use of synthetics.
      I haven’t tried her Amber – although I’m sure it’s beautifully balanced. Her Honeyblossom was actually one of the very few I didn’t quite get on with (along with Cacao) – they also didn’t last long. Everything else though has been a winner in my books.
      It sounds like you have a fantastic knowledge on the subject and I’m so envious of your collections of materials!
      Thanks for the support Melis.

      • Melis says:

        The amber was very well balanced but a tad too woody for me. The Honeyblossom very ethereal and powdery almost verging on too pretty for my liking until I get to the dry down. The ambergris lends a warm depth mingled with salty skin resulting in a compelling naughtiness.

        I’ve been reading about natural perfumery since 2005. I would admit that I probably have more knowledge than the average person about the subject, lol. :) If you ever want to smell some of the raw materials I have just send me an email and I will make you a sampler. I thought it was almost the coolest thing ever that Vero let you sniff her stuff!!

  4. Hylda says:

    Thanks for doing this video and don’t stop!!
    Atelier was on my list for things to try in NewYork, but didn’t find it anywhere. Her book is wonderful and I also read it in a day. Her samples are a bit pricey for me at the moment and I can never narrow it down to just a few samples to buy. Your video convinced me to spend a little. Yes, you should be Mandy’s spokesperson! Again, don’t stop the videos for your blog. I’m sure there are enough people out here who appreciate it!

    • Thank you Hylda! :)
      I think she’s only to be found at MiN? I could be wrong.
      Fab :D I hope you really enjoy them Hylda, what are you going to order?
      I gave my sample away of Shiso to someone who really wanted to try it, but do sniff that if you get the chance – it’s absolutely fascinating! (But totally unwearable for me).
      Thanks for the support Hylda.

  5. Mandy Aftel says:

    This video is fabulous Freddie! I’m deeply grateful for your warm, perceptive, intimate critiques of my work – you are a real gem.
    xo Mandy

  6. Robinrosa says:

    I really like your videos, you should keep posting them on the blog, i find them really useful!
    I don’t know much about smells but i like your descriptions.

  7. Natalie says:

    I really like your videos as well, and I think it’s your choice whether they go here or not. I do think I’d miss your written posts if they were gone completely, but I like the mix.

    Your enthusiasm for Aftelier is infectious! I think I’m going to go put on some Secret Garden.

    • Thanks Natalie :) Yeh the videos have just been a way for me to do something new on the blog, becuase, I have to keep the interest in publishing my thoughts as well. Just wanted to know whether people are liking them or whether they’re clogging things up a bit. I’m sure they’ll get better as time goes on :P
      But thank you!
      I know I know I love them! Haha. Great choice :D

  8. Sophie says:

    Hi Freddie. You are adorable and your videos are helpfully descriptive. It is ultimately your choice whether to keep the videos on the blog or not but personally I feel your writing is so eloquent it speaks almost louder than your videos. I would keep the blog purely for your words and for those (like me) who appreciate your videos can also subscribe thru your youtube channel.

    You are crazy talented with your nose and you clearly have your own aesthetics… have you considered blending yourself? I would be curious to see what sort of perfumes you’d create.

    • Ahhhh Sophie you made my day :P Haha.
      My writing is FAR more mature than my videos :’) I still struggle to talk about fragrances I think, I’ll keep doing the videos as this is something I WANT to improve. I’ll load a final video on here tonight and from then on will be solely writing on here and my YouTube seperate.
      As cliche as it sounds – yeh I’d love to learn blending and work on my own things, but no way have I got the funds for that :( I have a city centre apartment, and my job (tattoing) requires a lot of investment with machines and what-not, along with a fragrance obsession – getting into raw materials is something I can only dream of :(
      Thanks for the support Sophie I really appreciate it. x

  9. Lean S says:

    Definitely have been liking the videos. Hay the cute accent sure helps :)! Don’t make written posts too rare though, your writing succeeds in making me very curious about the various fragrances you describe.

    • Thank you Lean I appreciate that.
      And my accent? :P I try to sound as normal as possible hahaha.
      I won’t, I’ve just been playing around with improving the videos. I made one on Vero Profumo the other day and I’ve finally got the sound and scenes perfect so they should be bang on from now on.
      Thanks for all your support x

      • Lean S says:

        Ah. I should have specified accent to an american person :D. I’m currently watching your Jar Perfumes video. Thank you for the wonderful site.

      • :P I know I was kidding.
        Thanks for the support Lean S!
        I have recently done a Vero one too, keep your eye on the Youtube page of my blog as I am now updating on their and not in my regular posts.

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