Sepia by Mandy Aftel for Aftelier Perfumes 2012




Hey Hey Indie Lovers,

You probably already know the name Mandy Aftel. She writes books, creates perfumes, teaches natural perfumery, has a museum of perfume and is a general, all round great gal. The thing is, after the initial fanfare of a fragrance launch things go a bit quiet on the blog front for Indie perfumers. They don’t have enormous budgets and marketing teams, mostly they do it themselves with a couple of key helpers. Since I am wearing Sepia today I thought it might be a good time to remind you all about its beauty.

Sepia by Aftelier Perfumes 2012

Sepia by Mandy Aftel


Parfumo gives these featured accords:
Top: Blood cedarwood, Yellow mandarin, Pink grapefruit
Heart: Pink lotus, Strawberry, Jasminum grandiflorum, Cocoa, Coffee
Base: Tobacco blossom, Oud, Indole, Ambergris, Cepes (mushroom), Labdanum

Today’s review is from a bottle I paid retail for after falling madly in love with a sample Mandy sent me.

Sepia is a bit of a blockbuster on my skin. It is a warm and dusty, floral and powdery, woody, smoky, dry and sere fragrance. So much light and shade. It smells to me like rural Australia. I can close my eyes and smell the unbroken expanses of sun beaten, dessicated red-earth desert where the properties are 1000’s of square kilometers with sheep, wheat and cattle. Stark sun and shade, the dappling of eucalyptus beside a dam or creek.

Sepia by Aftelier Perfumes outback cattle farm PixabayPDI

Many of the smaller towns have been deserted in the last 50 years and stand silent, crumbling, with only their stone chimneys left like a mouth full of broken teeth. Our croplands have been bought by the big farming companies, overseas investors and the mining groups. Mum and Dad farms are becoming the rarity. Sepia is our Australian outback. A dream of how the perfect Australian outback was.

It is also lovely, wearable and surprisingly strong for a scent sold as a watercolour wash. After 3 hours it starts to smelling like attics and bookstores Sepia then warms and dirties towards dry down and remains as a skin scent remnant for hours.

Sepia by Aftelier Perfumes outback hills PixabayPDI

From Aftelier Perfumes website;
Dry woods: Sepia is a tint, a watercolor wash, an atmosphere, a memory

Further reading PerfumeShrine and TheAlembicatedGenie
Aftelier Perfumes has samples from $7

Are you a Mandy fan like me?
Portia xx

9 thoughts on “Sepia by Mandy Aftel for Aftelier Perfumes 2012

  1. I have a few of Mandy’s books and find them fascinating. Once I won a sample of her Amber fragrance and when I wrote to thank her, she wrote a charming reply to me. I would like to get to know more of her work, I believe Sepia has quite a following.


  2. Wow Portia, I need to try this. You make Sepia sound wonderfully evocative. The drydown of “attics and bookstores” just sealed the deal.

    I am most definitely a Mandy fan.


  3. Sepia sounds wonderful and your description of the Australian outback magical. I have only sampled a couple of her scents as natural perfumes tend to go poof on my skin within minutes.


    • Hi TaraC
      Having just spent three days going through the heart of Australia on The Ghan I think Sepia even more a perfect fragrant representation of it
      Portia xx


  4. This is beautiful Portia, the outback! The dry down of attics and bookstores. Family farms and bookshops remembrance of an era. Cant wait to try it at Mecca, going soon xx


  5. “Warm and dusty, floral and powdery…” I already like it. And the name is beautiful too. It’s impossible to find samples and perfume by Mandy Aftel here in my corner of the world but I’ve read so many favourable reviews of her scents that I’ll have to order a sample box sooner or later. …and we all know what the consequences usually are 😉


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