Monday, August 26, 2013

Aftelier Perfumes Lavender Face Elixir with Clary Sage and Cistus Review

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Imagine yourself slumbering in a field of Lavender in the Spanish/French/English countryside. Closing your eyes you drift into a tranquil nap while inhaling the sweet aroma that is suspended in the air. This is what I imagine each time that I use Aftelier Perfumes Lavender Face Elixir with Clary Sage and Cistus before going to bed at night. This beautiful luxury face elixir is heavenly, and it calms and soothes the mind, spirit and skin.
Aftelier Face Elixirs are, "Perfect for both men and women, these anti-oxidant rich face elixirs comfort your skin and promote cell regeneration. This lightweight formula absorbs easily, immediately moisturizing, softening, and conditioning. Use on your clean face before bed, and drift off to sleep in a light veil of fragrance that promotes relaxation. When you wake up, your skin will feel wonderfully nourished and revitalized. For men, use after shaving to nourish your face."

Mandy creates them from the following organic oils:
- Organic grapeseed and organic sweet almond, rich in vitamins and minerals, helps tone the skin
- Organic rice bran oil reduces the formation of wrinkles and slows down aging
- Organic squalene helps hydrate and protect the skin, encourages regeneration of healthy skin cells, and prevents premature aging of the skin
- Organic camellia oil, rich in anti-oxidants and vitamin E
- Organic rose hip oil improves elasticity and has a rejuvenating effect on the skin

Wonderful for both men and women as a restorative treatment for the face: easy to use, non-greasy, and great for travel. This lightweight formula absorbs easily, immediately moisturizing, softening, and conditioning. Featuring lavender absolute, clary sage, and cistus, our face elixir is in a base of the following organic oils: rice bran, sweet almond, apricot kernel, camellia grapeseed, squalene, and rose hip seed oils. The oils are chosen for their ability to promote cell regeneration and for their beautiful aromas. Use on your clean face before bed and drift off to sleep in a light veil of fragrance that promotes relaxation. When you wake up, your skin will feel wonderfully nourished and revitalized. For men, use after shaving to nourish your face.

Lavender Absolute is a relaxing and soothing oil that is often used to reduce stress. For this reason many people apply it before bedtime to encourage a restful sleep. It also is said to calm down and soothe irritated skin.

Clary Sage is said to have properties that balance hormones in women- particularly those associated with PMS, Menstruation and Menopause, and is also said to have a calming effect. Clary Sage is said to balance sebum production in people with combination and oily skin types, and it is reported that it has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.

Cistus is also often known as "Rock Rose," and it is known for its calming effects. It is also hailed as an anti-aging powerhouse as it tightens and firms the skin, and is known to be an anti-inflammatory. It has healing properties and is said to stimulate the immune system.
My experience: Mandy's brilliance is, in part, a function her ability to unite disparate elements into a single beautiful and heavenly elixir. Her unexpected juxtapositions of seemingly incompatible scents reveal her true artistry. Each note, no matter how assertive, is tempered by the properties inherent in the other oils chosen. and her nuanced selections are a function of her alchemical mastery (and this is accomplished at the most cultivated level).

Mandy's permutation of Lavender is unlike anything that you have ever experienced. It is soft and refined, without any pungency, yet it maintains all of the soothing and comforting aromatherapeutic qualities that one expects to find in Lavender. Mandy innately and intuitively understands each of the ingredients that she carefully chooses to unite. Just as Michelangelo was able to release the sculpture imprisoned in raw blocks of Carrara Marble, so too is Mandy able to create artistic marvels by understanding the potential of each of the individual ingredients and then combining them in unexpected ways. She creates otherworldly masterpieces that defy simple description due to their chameleon-like complexity. You may feel that my analogy to Michelangelo is too lofty, but trust me when I tell you that Mandy is to oils what Michelangelo was to Cinquecento painting and sculpture.

Lavender Face Elixir with Clary Sage and Cistus not only soothes the senses and quiets the mind, but it also does a remarkable job caring for the skin. This is a potent anti-aging serum that moisturizes and tones the skin while softening fine lines. Like Mandy's other Face Elixirs, this one also leaves the skin with a beautiful dewy glow and a deepened clarity. This is an amazing face oil of the very highest quality.
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Overall assessment: Pure unmitigated magic. Forever a staple among my very favorite face oils.

1 ml. $6.00 7 ml. $40.00 From Aftelier Perfumes. (Unaffiliated links provided for your convenience).
Press sample. All views expressed are categorically my own.
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10 comments:

  1. I have not tried this yet but if you love it I am quite sure I'll love it too.
    I adore lavender and clary sage on their own. I cannot wait to smell them together!
    Have a wonderful week Hele!
    xxxx

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    1. It's truly magical, wefadetogray! The combination is just stunning-- Mandy is amazing--everything that she makes is a masterpiece! You have a lovely week as well! xoxo

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  2. Thank you Helen, I am really over the moon with your terrific review - I always learn so much from your writing!
    xo Mandy

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  3. Thank you Helen, I am really over the moon with your terrific review - I always learn so much from your writing!
    xo Mandy

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    1. My pleasure, Mandy! I am so happy that you like my review! I am flattered that you should say such a thing- especially coming from you! Your creations are so amazing that they nearly defy description altogether! xoxo, Helen

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  4. I think I'll like this one since I love lavender scent. I'll def get samples of this and see if it really suits my taste.

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    1. Hi Jessica, It's a truly lovely oil! The lavender in this particular elixir is just divine! It's definitely worth trying the small size to see if it works for you! :-)

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  5. I planned on getting a sample of this as soon as I could fit it into my budget, but it's not on her site any more. Do you know if it's discontinued?

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    1. Hi Millihelen, While Mandy has discontinued several of her Face Elixirs recently- you should contact the company to see if there are any left on hand. Unlike many companies who retire products-- with Aftelier Perfumes you stand a good chance of being able to get your hands on a beloved retired product!

      info@aftelier.com
      or email them at (510) 841-2111.

      Keep me posted!

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