Curious by Mandy Aftel for Aftelier Perfumes 2017




Hey Hey APJ,

Mandy aftel is a mate of mine. She sends me her updates and we chat irregularly over the net. One day with a bit of luck we shall meet and I know I’ll be transported. Her fragrances are bold and daring and she has inspired a whole generation of Indie Perfumers. Yesterday I got news of her newest creation and an offer of a sample. So rather than wait 10 days for it to arrive we thought it might be fun to do an immediate giveaway for one lucky APJer as soon as it’s released! How freaking cool is that? You will be among the first to try this magical new Mandy Aftel creation.

Coins is aligned with another fabulous new thing Mandy has created the Aftel Archive of Curious Scents!

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Curious by Aftelier Perfumes 2017

Curious by Mandy Aftel

Aftelier gives these featured accords:
Tobacco, hay, smoke, orange leaf, Siam wood, dirty orange

Here’s the Press Release: Curious, inspired by the atmosphere of my Archive of Curious Scents, is a smoky musk perfume, with notes of dried fruit and precious woods. The rich muskiness of Curious allows it to mix with each person’s body chemistry in an intimate and idiosyncratic fashion. I adore tobacco absolute and think of it as the ultimate botanical musk note, especially when paired with the sweet mossy apricot-like hay absolute.

An airy smokiness laces through the perfume from the opening to the ending, — burnt fruitwood and caramel. Mesmerizing orange leaf absolute, like a green orange, is refreshingly tart, animalic, and indolic. Curious opens with creamy and smooth wood brightened with dirty citrus and punctuated with spice. The texture of the perfume is like soft fur. My Aftel Archive includes an exhibit that deconstructs Curious perfume note by note, and chord by chord, so that visitor can explore the mystery of how each essence locks together to create the perfume.

Aftelier has samples starting from $7



This week there will be 1 winner who will receive:
1 x Curious by Aftelier Perfumes sample
P&H Anywhere in the world


Open to everyone worldwide who follows AustralianPerfumeJunkies via eMail, WordPress, Bloglovin or RSS. Please leave how you follow in the comments to be eligible. I must be able to check that you follow so if you have an email address on your gravatar that’s different to your follow address then please email me so I know. Yes, you can start following to enter, in fact it’s encouraged.

You must tell me how you follow APJ


Please go to Aftelier Perfumes<<jump and find ONE INGREDIENT and name both ingredient & fragrance. (No DOUBLE UPS)


Entries Close Saturday 24th June 2017 10pm Australian EdsT and winners will be announced in a separate post.
Winners will be chosen by
The winners will have till Saturday 1st July 2017 to get in touch (portia underscore turbo at yahoo dot com dot au) with their address or the prize will go to someone else.
No responsibility taken for lost or damaged goods in transit

42 comments on “Curious by Mandy Aftel for Aftelier Perfumes 2017

  1. Gina says:

    I follow via email.

    Swoon!!! Tobacco

    Cuir de Gardenia: Leather

  2. hage kay says:

    Honeysuckle in ‘Lumiere Liquid’ sounds mysterious enough. Thanks again for the opportunity and I follow you on email and WP.

  3. Jackie b says:

    I am choosing Parfum Prive because I love the smell of osmanthus.
    I follow by email.

  4. jac says:

    I follow via mail and Fb. I would like to try Oud Luban (patchouli) . If this was LC’s favorite, it must be something indeed….

  5. Monica Beaton says:

    Vanilla Smoke Liquid, Madagascar Vanilla Absolute (yum)

  6. Jaybee says:

    Vanilla dust in Wild Roses Liquid. Sounds gorgeous. Follow by email. 🙂

  7. Tena says:

    I jumped to my favourite of her scents, Vanilla Smoke. The saffron is amazing in it.
    I love following you via email and Facebook.

    So excited by the idea of trying this one, and how cute is the address for the Museum of Curiosities !! Thank you for the draw.

  8. I’ve been obsessed with Natural Perfumery for close to a decade. Mandy’s books and perfumes have been instrumental to that interest and obsession. After acquainting myself with as many of her perfumes as possible, and being in awe of their unique beauty, I went on to acquire several of her beautiful essences (and some from other sources) and, together with her co-authored book, Aroma, recreated – or attempted to – Cepes and Tuberose. So in light of that, I’ll choose Cepes (Porcini mushroom) as an ingredient, featured in the now (in)famous Cepes and Tuberose fragrance. Mine was never as refined and beautiful as the original (of course) but I was able to pretend it was close 😊. I would love to sample Mandy’s newest offering – it’s been much too long between perfumes! I follow via email. Thanks for the opportunity 😊 Now I might just pull out that old bottle and see how time has treated her…

  9. crikey says:

    Oh that sounds lovely. I have yet to sniff any of her scents; this is clearly an error on my part!
    “Palimpsest” is one of my favourite words, so, choosing that as the fragrance, which includes “fire tree” (I follow by email.)

  10. Ellen M. says:

    I follow by email. Vanilla Smoke Liquid with Siam wood. I need to sniff these gorgeous sounding fragrances. I’ve never tried them. Thanks so much for this generous opportunity.

  11. Mary says:

    As I’m nearby, I’ll choose Seville lavender in Fig. I’ve been curious about this line forever, so would love to sample it.
    I follow by email.

  12. I follow by Bloglovin
    Memento Mori – ambergris – absolutely love the the animalistic qualities to this lovely scent

  13. Elaine Richard says:

    I follow with email. My favorite choice would be Parfum Prive with the ambergris. I love that ambergris adds a slightly salty marine floral note to other floral essences.

  14. Fazal says:

    Secret Garden has Spicy Jasmine. Must be quite creative Jasmine interpretation. I follow APJ by email and FB.

  15. MichelleU says:

    I follow via e-mail.

    I choice is Gardenia from Cuir de Gardenia.

    Thank you very much! Wish you all the best!

  16. Janice says:

    Don’t enter me in the giveaway, but I just wanted to say I received a sample of Curious and it is gorgeous! I think it has a similarity of style or a “family resemblance” to some of her other fragrances, although the notes are completely different, so if you like her others you should definitely sample this one.

  17. Kirsten says:

    Ceres and Tuberose
    Love porcini mushrooms!!! I have been a lover of aftelier for years! ♡ email & facebook

  18. Brad Woolslayer says:

    Sepia Eau de Parfum and it’s note of blood cedarwood. I follow on my email

  19. Lindaloo says:

    Bergamoss solid with that Oakmoss!
    Thanks for the draw opportunity. I follow by email.

  20. Cara says:

    I follow via email.

    I never want to be without Mandy’s Ancient Resins Body OIl — Frankincense!

    Thanks for the chance!

    Kind Regards.
    Cara Rose

  21. Ingrid says:

    As a chypre lover I choose Bergamoss solid with oakmoss. I follow by email.

  22. JMR says:

    Lumiere Liquid – ambergris.

    I follow via email

  23. Nancy White says:

    I follow by my email. The fragrance I choose is Secret Garden liquid, and the ingredient is rosy raspberries.

  24. Anna says:

    II follow via email. Hay absolute in Wildflowers sounds amazing.

  25. Rajeeva Jayaratne says:

    i follow by email.
    i like the Vanilla dust in Wild Roses Liquid.

  26. Hanne says:

    For so long I linger when I see Sepia! The blood cedar wood catches my eye. I follow by email. Thank you for this opportunity and your generosity!

  27. Trish says:

    Jammy Fir Absolute in Fig Liquid. I follow by email

  28. Greennote says:

    Fig liquid – hyraceum. I have been curious (!) about Mandy Aftel’s work for years, however the postage has always been a barrier. So many over the years have received so much love in the blogosphere. But Curious has a combination of notes smack bang in the sweet spot. I follow by email, and I also think FB and WordPress, you’re just everywhere Portia.

  29. Andi says:

    I follow via email.
    Blood Orange – Cacao


  30. Maurizio says:

    Oud Luban Solid Perfume (frankincense). I keep in touch by email

  31. Anastasia says:

    Vanilla Smoke – tea smoked over pine, sounds really yummy!

    Follow via email.
    Anastasia recently posted…Or du Serail by Naomi GoodsirMy Profile

  32. lena says:

    Ever since I first read about Bergamoss (with its oakmoss, among other ingredients) I’ve been wanting to try it (love my chypres). I must add, however, that all of Mandy’s creations look and sound pretty amazing!

    Thank you for another fab draw, Portia. I follow by email 🙂

  33. Louise Harvie says:

    Cuir de Gardenia is my favourite fragrance ever. It’s magical and reminds me of my childhood.
    An ingredient is Tiara Absolute.
    I follow via Bloglovin

  34. Anjali Shekdar says:

    Vanilla smoke with Madagascar vanilla absolute. I follow on email

  35. Lillibet says:

    Butter in Momento Mori Liquid.

    I follow by email.
    Lil Xx

  36. BBMc says:

    I follow via email and I choose Luniere Liquid. The Tasmanian boronia got me. Thank you!

  37. Mandy Aftel says:

    Three cheers & a thousand thanks for my darling mate Portia Turbo! 👏🏻💜🎉
    Looking forward to sending the sample out to the lucky winner, wherever on earth they are.📪🌏
    xoxo Mandy

  38. Nemo says:

    Apricot in Wild Roses Liquid. I follow by email. Curious sounds amazing, thank you for the giveaway!

  39. Neva says:

    The pimento leaf in Parfum Prive sounds intriguing. I’d love to try Mandy Aftel’s natural perfumes.
    I follow APJ via email.

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