Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Aftelier Perfumes Vetiver & Frankincense Face Elixir | Review

Press Sample (Unaffiliated Links)

I perpetually extol the virtues of Mandy Aftel's handmade Face Elixirs, and with each new addition to her perfectly articulated and curated collection she showcases the extent to which a boundless creative imagination and unmitigated brilliance can do what no one else can do. The NEW Aftelier Perfumes Vetiver & Frankincense Face Elixir is the most unexpected, sophisticated, refined and intoxicatingly beautiful permutation of Vetiver and Frankincense that could only have been imagined by Mandy. Her erudition is felt in the way in which her alchemical mastery pairs unexpected aromatic juxtapositions, and this new elixir perfectly underscores this point.
Mandy's brilliance is, in part, a function of this very ability to unite disparate elements into a singular unified heavenly elixir that is unprecedented in the vast sea of face oils. 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 intimate knowledge and intuitive ability to navigate thousands upon thousands of aromatic possibilities, and to then capture those most perfectly suited to her vision. She does not follow trends, and her standards exceed the expectations set by everyone else making face oils.
Aftelier Perfumes Vetiver & Frankincense Face Elixir is an otherworldly ultra-luxe face oil that is mystical, sublime, deep, warm, creamy, soothing, woodsy and ethereal. It has no sharp edges, it lacks pungency and it immediately calms and soothes the spirit while deeply nourishing and hydrating the skin.

As I have previously noted about Mandy's Face Elixirs, she "inherently, and rather magically, understands each of the ingredients that she carefully chooses to unite. The end result is the likes of which you have neither imagined, nor experienced.... It is, in a word, extraordinary." She has described this process to me as one in which each of her Face Elixirs include a lot of the named essences and then she adds, "a few facets of aroma to them."
I have also suggested that, "Mandy is 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."

Aftelier Perfumes Vetiver & Frankincense Face Elixir is lightweight and ultra-fast absorbing, and it melts into the skin leaving it nourished, deeply hydrated, remarkably soft, smooth, supple and luminous. Furthermore, this beautiful calming aroma facilitates a restful and peaceful slumber, and therefore is a perfect nighttime companion– though I must confess that I use it in the daytime as well.
According to Aftelier Perfumes,

Vetiver and Frankincense Face Elixir features unusually soothing vetiver CO2 that I buy directly from the grower in India. This rare extraction of vetiver is filled with clean, earthy and precious wood notes. The frankincense CO2 is warm, resinous, bright and slightly citrus. The vetiver and frankincense blend seamlessly to create a delightful aroma that is uplifting and relaxing. Drifting off to sleep, inhaling this gorgeous aroma, makes you feel as if all is right in the world. 

Our lightweight face elixir is immediately absorbed softening and conditioning your skin. 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.
Mandy created this elixir from a blend of the following five oils:

• Broccoli seed oil, with its silken texture, is rich in vitamins and minerals known to protect and tone the skin.
• Peach kernel oil, rich with vitamins, A, B and E, is emollient, moisturizing, nourishing, and protective.
• Squalane, from sugar cane, helps hydrate and protect the skin.
• Meadowfoam seed oil, unusually high in gadoleic acid, is anti-aging, detoxifying and rejuvenating.
• Rose hip oil is known to have a nourishing and regenerative effect on the skin.
Directions: "Before bed, add some drops of the elixir to your palm and gently pat with your fingertips into your clean face. This lustrous lightweight non-greasy formula absorbs quickly into your skin. The light veil of fragrance soothes and relaxes. When you wake up, your skin will feel silky, wonderfully nourished and revitalized."
Mandy's glass dropper bottles are elegant, chic, minimalist and stunningly gorgeous. In fact, these bottles are so gorgeous that you will keep, rather than recycle, them.
Mandy Aftel is an award-winning all-natural perfumer and author. She creates each extraordinary Aftelier Perfumes fragrance by hand in small batches in her Berkeley, California studio. 
Overall Assessment: This is one of the most extraordinary luxury face oils on the market, and if you haven't tried any of Mandy Aftel's Face Elixirs, then Aftelier Perfumes Vetiver & Frankincense Face Elixir is a perfect introduction to her brilliant handcrafted creations. A+

$70.00 for 20ml and $7.00 for 1ml. from Aftelier Perfumes (Unaffiliated Links).
Press Sample. All views expressed are categorically my own.
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  1. Your description of this magic elixir has even me, a non fragrance user, crave it. Sounds terrific.

    1. Thank you for such high praise, Marcia! This is a truly wonderful face elixir– everything that a Mandy lovingly makes by hand is absolutely extraordinary.

  2. Interesting mix of ingredients. I’d have to sniff, let me see if they carry trial sizes

    1. It's a magical blend of ingredients, but the Mandy Aftel is a world renown atelier perfumer– so it is no surprise that she would create something this extraordinary. Yes, at the bottom of the post, you will note that she does sell a $7.00 1ml trial size. It is definitely worth trying!

  3. The scent sounds right up my alley. I love woodsy!

    1. It's absolute perfection! I think that you would love it!


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