When I first tried Aftelier solids I was struck by their wonderfully soft consistency and their skin-caring smoothness. Wildflowers had me swooning, so of course I wanted more.
Orchid was the next solid perfume I tested.
What a surprise upon first sniff – Orchid was not what it proclaimed to be, but it was a lily I smelled.
I love lilies. These are the flowers I love to have at home, because they are capable of scenting a large room and are so beautiful to look at.
Orchids as well as lilies produce no extractable essential oil, so their perfume has to be recreated from other elements. It has to be faked by the perfumer. Mandy Aftel, of course, is a master forger of nature.
Orchid transports me into a hothouse. Glass walls, lush greens everywhere, air so damp, beads of moisture start building on your skin, and in the center stands a perfect white orchid, or is it a lily? I can’t see it clearly, but it does not matter. It is its scent that lures me in. Its pull is inexorable, I feel like a bee that is compelled to fly to this flower.
Orchid is spicy, almost hot, cinnamon and cloves. Then orange blossom unfolds, pure and clean and true to life. There is a green, almost herbal undercurrent that is hard to place for me, but that evokes the verdant atmosphere of the hothouse perfectly.
In the base I detect vanilla that completes the perfume to make it a rounded, soft and warm creation that, whenever I smell it, makes me involuntarily roll my eyes heavenwards and smile. It is that original, unique and plain good.
I wish such a flower existed, I would fill my house with it.
It lies in the nature of solids that they wear close to the body, in this instance I sometimes wish for a little more presence, mainly because keeping my hand close to my nose at all times does not exactly help in lending me a sophisticated air in public. But it is hard to refrain from doing so, I dare you to try.
I also wish the perfume lasted longer than the approximate two hours it lives and breathes on my skin, mainly because I only have a sample that is dwindling rapidly.
I even started to wonder whether a silver compact filled with Orchid solid would not present a loophole in my full bottle embargo, it is no bottle after all! 🙂
So I end up with another Aftelier creation that has put its spell on me. The alchemist Mandy Aftel knows how to enthrall and captivate us with her creations that summon the spirits of nature and sublimate them into something intangible, ultimately greater than the sum of its parts.
This Orchid is a pretender, but it is easy to forgive deception when it is done so utterly charmingly.
That was my first thought when I saw the picture: a solid doesn’t come in a bottle… 😉
Haha, but it would be cheating anyway…sad sigh. 😉
Definition of BOTTLE
1a : a rigid or semirigid container typically of glass or plastic having a comparatively narrow neck or mouth and usually no handle
b : a usually bottle-shaped container made of skin for storing a liquid
in fact it wouldn’t even be bending the rules, much less cheating. that said i am willing to help you by sticking to part 2 of rule 1 – if i like the scent.
“if I like the scent” let us hope this is not the stumbling block… it is not an aquatic! 😉
YAY, the husband!!!!
Even though you are trying to abstain I think it’s so great that The Husband supports your perfume collecting (if he likes the scent of course!). I am on the verge of breaking my own embargo on buying samples thanks to the new Frapin, so I feel your pain.
It is really great he supports my hobby even though it is not something he can get enthusiastic for himself. 🙂
Without trying to negatively influence you, the new Frapin is to die for. Just saying…;)
Plus it is a limited edition so it won’t be around forever. Off to First in Fragrance, just to research…
Exactly. It is awful how they lure us in…but it is such a great scent.
Have fun “researching”. 🙂
I love this guy!!!
This sounds truly captivating!
I can imagine why you would want to circumvent the embargo and I believe the husband has the right idea. 😉
It is captivating, I love Mandy’s solids so much, and this perfume is intoxicating!
The husband is known for his great ideas (most of the time) actually! 😉
i have to be nice. i am a reverend after all.
“The Good Reverend”, is what I’ve been told to refer to you as.
Ah, hahahaha! 🙂
Mmmm, sounds wonderful! If a reverend says, bend the rules a little bit, it is ok, I guess. 🙂
He is no reverend, he is a surgeon!!! He just got ordained in an internet church to be prepared to (possibly) officiate at the wedding of a friend in the US! 😉
Orchid is indeed wonderful, Reverend or not! 😉
When I first read this, before getting to all the comments, I thought, your birthday is coming up! Surely you must be making a list (and checking it twice)?
I sure am, but unfortunately I would have to turn fifty at least to warrant all that is on it. 😉
It is! 🙂
Thank you so much for your kind words and the loving attention you paid to my perfume. You are more “spot on” than you know. I named this perfume Orchid but was trying to capture the fragrance of a lily. (Lilies are my favorite flowers to have on the table to scent a room — like you) I didn’t want to name the perfume after a lily because there are several other perfumes with that name.
Thank YOU, Mandy for making such a delightful perfume and for taking the time to read my review.
I am just looking at the lilies standing on my table and loving the fact that you love them too. 🙂
“I sometimes wish for a little more presence, mainly because keeping my hand close to my nose at all times does not exactly help in lending me a sophisticated air in public.”
I did that *at least* six times in a meeting today! (Boronia – luckily I tried it at home first. I smelled it so often and so deeply I got a little dizzy!)
Hi Jessdr! It is really unavoidable with these gorgeous fragrances to make a bit of a fool of oneself, because of the repeated sniffing action. 😉
This sounds so wonderful! I’ve been wanting to try the Wildflowers solid, now I must try this one as well. Every scent I’ve tried of Mandy’s has been totally captivating.
Captivating is the right word! I love the intimate aura and soft, beguiling ways her fragrances have.
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