Monday, August 12, 2013

Aftelier Perfumes Rose Face Elixir with Sandalwood and Frankincense: This is No Ordinary Rose! A Deliriously Happy Review

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Aftelier Perfumes does not simply make luxurious handcrafted perfumes, Face Elixirs, Hair and Body Oils, candles, teas, and Chef's Essences and Sprays- instead Mandy Aftel creates the highest quality artisanal works of art that you can wear, smell, eat, and drink. She is a true artist, and everything that she makes are masterpieces of the highest order. Be forewarned, once you enter into the magical kingdom of Aftelier Perfumes there is no turning back.

According to Mandy, "I hand-blend and bottle the fragrances in small batches in my studio, and personally attend to every detail of the process in creating every product. I love adding a sense of luxury and well-being to people’s lives."

Aftelier Perfumes 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. 

Rose Hip Oil is also very high in antioxidants, essential fatty acids as well as vitamins. It is known to have powerful healing properties, and is also used to treat conditions like acne and eczema. It is a powerful anti-aging oil that restores elasticity to skin,  and aids in the repair of damaged skin. It is also said to help protect the skin from environmental assaults against such as pollution as well as other environmental stressors.

Wonderful... 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 rose, sandalwood, and frankincense, 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. These 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.
Rose is a rose is a rose is a rose.
-Gertrude Stein

Rose Face Elixir with Sandalwood and Frankincense is a hauntingly beautiful oil based face serum that is absolutely otherworldly in its mysterious mixture of scents. While the top notes reveal the most tantalizing rose that you have ever imagined, it is tempered by a warm depth from the Sandalwood and Frankincense. This is no ordinary rose- it is an intoxicating and titillating scent that reveals an indescribable complexity as it reaches the temperature of the body and melts into the skin. This rose is elegant, sensual, lingering, and utterly addictive. The scent acts as a sweet lullaby urging you to fall into a tranquil slumber when applied at bedtime. Not only does this golden elixir offer a fantastic sensory experience, but it also does wonders for the skin.

Rose Face Elixir with Sandalwood and Frankincense is a deeply nourishing and hydrating oil for the face that makes the skin remarkably soft, supple, hydrated, and radiant. While this beautiful oil boasts the most refined rose scent imaginable- it is also a potent anti-aging serum. In addition to the properties enumerated in the above listed ingredients, it should be noted that Mandy's choice of Rose, Frankincense, and Sandalwood is significant.

Sandalwood is a calming and soothing oil that is very helpful in treating dry and sensitive skin. Frankincense is known for having ant-wrinkle and anti-inflammatory properties that make it the choice of many in skincare products. Rose is an antioxidant rich extract the heals and soothes inflamed irritated skin, and is even said to purify the skin and strengthen capillaries. When combined with the other oils in the Rose Face Elixir with Sandalwood and Frankincense, the result is one mighty anti-aging face serum that does as much for your skin as it does for your senses.

This is a very potent and concentrated serum, therefore only the tiniest bit is needed for the face and décolleté. I warm up two drops in my hand and then massage it into my skin, and the result is unmitigated delight. I am utterly transfixed by the scent, but am equally astounded by the results to my skin. When I use it at night, the following morning my skin is beautifully radiant, hydrated, and nourished. My face boasts a clarity that is complemented by the the soft and supple appearance of my skin. This undeniably opulent oil is a brilliant and subtle rose that is unlike any that has graced your nose or skin before. Mandy has truly outdone nature by perfecting the rose- a feat that I did not realize was possible to achieve until now.
Jan Davidsz de Heem. Festoon with Flowers and Fruit.
Overall assessment: Simply spellbinding.

1 ml. $6.00 and 7 ml. $40.00 from Aftelier Perfumes (Unaffiliated link provided for your convenience).

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  1. Face oils, roses and sandalwood, what's not to love! Amazing review!
    Have a wonderful week darling Helen.

    1. Hi wefadetogray! I'm so glad that you loved the review. I completely agree with you! Given your familiarity with Mandy's beautiful handcrafted gems- you know just how amazing this Face Elixir is! I think that this might be my favorite of her four Face Elixirs-- at least this week, any way! You have a lovely week as well! xoxox, Helen

  2. Thank you so much for making me deliriously happy with your review Lola! Your writing offers such deep and valuable insights - it is immensely gratifying to have my work so well understood and artfully explained. You obviously know how to choose a painting as well!
    xo Mandy

    1. That I could make you even close to deliriously happy makes me tremendously gratified. I am so touched that you feel as though I have insights into what you do. The artistry with which you make each of your beautiful treasures really makes you peerless! I'm glad that you liked the painting that I chose- paintings are to me, what oils are to you. Perhaps my penchant for oil paintings lends itself to all fine art oils-- yours in particular! xoxox, Helen (Lola too) <3


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