Honey by Laurie Stern for Velvet & Sweet Pea’s Purrfumery 2007


Post by Poodle


There was a time when perfumers didn’t need to say their products were all natural. Perfumes back in the day used natural ingredients because we didn’t have all the aroma chemicals we do today. If a perfume smelled of roses it was because it contained rose. Today’s natural perfumers carry on that tradition and some, I must say, do it better than others. I usually don’t gravitate towards naturals for a variety of reasons but once in a while one catches my attention.

Honey by Velvet & Sweet Pea’s Purrfumery 2007

Honey by Laurie Stern

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Notes: orange blossom, Moroccan rose, Bulgarian rose, vetiver, Madagascar vanilla, honey, beeswax, sandalwood, clove, pomegranate, pink grapefruit

I recently received a sample of Honey and was pleasantly surprised it. It has decent longevity and is sweet and a little skanky. Perfumer Laurie Stern of Velvet and Sweet Pea Purrfumery has created one of those really good natural perfumes and a classic, sexy scent with Honey.

Honey is a perfume that conjures up vintage perfumes in my mind. When I first tried it it reminded me of something I imagine one of the ladies on Downton Abbey would wear. It smells full and rich. While I wouldn’t say it smells old fashioned I think you’d have to appreciate perfumes along the lines of Bal a Versailles to appreciate Honey. In one of the episodes of the Downton Abbey Lady Mary spills perfume on her bedroom rug. She describes the end result as smelling like a tart’s boudoir. That’s Honey to me. It smells pretty but there’s that underlying impression that this pretty girl may have a naughty side.

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A lot of natural fragrances have a rough, unfinished feel to them with little development. Honey doesn’t smell like that to me. While I can detect orange blossom and spices the rest of the notes meld together to create a full, plush bouquet. The roses here are not sour or metallic but more like those big fluffy, old fashioned roses. Opulent comes to mind. The honey note along with pink grapefruit gives it a sexy little twist.

I only had a few drops to test but I could imagine this one packs a punch if sprayed lavishly. You don’t need much and I think a little would go a long way with Honey. As the sweetness of the orange blossom, honey, and vanilla fades the warm, cuddly sandalwood and cloves wrap their arms around you.

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I think this leans rather feminine. It may be a bit much for the office. I had the husband give it a sniff and he said at first it reminded him of a woman in church (whatever that means) but then he said on second sniff it reminds him of Rubj which he calls my dirty girl perfume. So that basically falls in line with my impression too of the pretty girl with a naughty side.

Velvet & Sweet Pea’s Purrfumery has a range of Honey options starting at $50

What perfumes do you think have a naughty side to them?

Until next time,

19 thoughts on “Honey by Laurie Stern for Velvet & Sweet Pea’s Purrfumery 2007

  1. Your review makes this sound delicious! I think any scent that makes me feel and smell great has a potentially naughty side, because it puts in my mind the thought that I deserve to be thoroughly well sniffed 😉


      • Poodle, I think Annick Goutal Heure Exquise in EdP (and preferably an older bottle) is totally sniffworthy! When I wear it alone I think others are missing out bigtime! It makes me feel like I’m innocently primping myself in a rococo boudoir with lots of sunlight shining in through the window ?


  2. Hi Poodle,
    In my experience (admittedly not extensive) many of the nicer, new artisan and niche fragrances (many by Vero Profumo among others) seem to evolve from an “old fashioned” or classic perfume template – vintage with a contemporary, naughty twist. I find that perfumes with beeswax (and of course cumin and civet) often have that earthy, dirty sort of thing going on that you talk about. Loved this review!
    Azar xx


    • I agree. Vero Kern has got it going on in that area. Love her stuff and wish I had more of it.
      Those notes do make things smell naughty but when overdone they can just be too much I think. There’s a difference between naughty and incontinent. I like the skank bombs but I find the more subtle ones a bit more user friendly.
      Give Gomez a kiss on the beak please.


      • Poodle!
        Naughty or incontinent? LOL 🙂 I will give Gomez a big smooch from you. When he was an adolescent a beak smooch was putting my lips at risk but these days he is mellowing a bit with age. Also, I understand his body language much better than I did when both of us were younger.
        Azar xxx


  3. Wow! Thank you so much Portia for this review of Honey! I really enjoyed reading your thoughts about it! It’s basically flowers that bees pollinate, and hey, flowers are the sex organs of plants…I’m an animal crazy girl so I never would use any musks, but propolis from my hives does indeed give a dirty hit to it! I am so honored and hope to meet you someday. You are doing amazing things!
    Big love~ XOXO~Laurie


    • Laurie, thanks so much for reading and commenting. It’s lovely stuff and the fact that some of the ingredients come from your own bees is amazing to me. Your perfume making process must be pretty interesting. I enjoyed my sample of Honey.


  4. Thanks, Poodle, for reminding me I need to order some V&S samples. I love a good natural, and have heard the line is all pretty amazing, and the kitties pretty much sew it up for me. Glad she has a bit of skank to offer too, since it’s kinda my thing (perfume-wise, of course).


  5. do you find some similarities to Shocking Schiaparelli in vintage formula which i consider to be the best honey note perfume i have ever experienced.


  6. Hi Poodle- enjoyed your review. Thanks!
    I recently tried Laurie Stern’s Honey too and I think it was my favorite from all her perfumes that i tried. i especially loved the dry down hmmm.. I also really enjoyed the dry down of fleur de Caramel. Have you tried her frostings? – I treated myself to the Kashmir Rose one last May – the scent was so yummy!!
    You make me want to apply the last drops of my Honey sample and reread your review..:)


    • I haven’t tried the frostings but I think I may put one on my Christmas list. It looks like she’s got some great products. I am happy to know you tried and liked Honey as well.


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