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Haute Claire ("high and bright") - This name suggested by Nathan Branch refers to a famous sword from 12th century French literature.  Haute Claire is both crisp and soft, cool and warm.  The fresh edgy greenness of galbanum is offset by the creamy floral of ylang ylang edged with honeysuckle. The green and floral notes harmonize in perfect pitch, with neither dominating the other. A warm base of vetiver and vanilla provides a soft finish of sweet grass. Haute Claire EDP is available in a 30 ml spray ($150) and 1 ml sample ($6) at

Featured Notes
Top: galbanum, Mexican lime, wild sweet orange, ylang ylang co2.
Middle: honeysuckle absolute, ylang ylang extra, clary sage.
Base: vetiver, ethyl phenyl acetate, vanilla absolute.

Mandy Aftel

Aftelier Perfumes are created by Mandy Aftel, author of the award-winning Essence and Alchemy: A Book of Perfume, which has been published in nine languages. Dubbed the “angel of alchemy” by Vanity Fair, Mandy has designed custom blends for Hollywood stars, writers, and restaurants, as well as private labels. When creating a formula, she aims to capture a sensuous feeling that results in an aesthetic experience that is both modern and luxurious. Mandy hand-blends and bottles the fragrances in small batches in her studio, and personally attends to every detail of the process in creating a fragrance. Three of her perfumes were FiFi finalists.

Mandy’s approach to creating artisan natural perfumes is based in the quality and integrity of the ingredients. She creates fragrances from her comprehensive collection of pure and natural essences that she has assembled through years of searching for the best and most beautiful. The materials that she loves working with are often expensive ($2,000 to $15,000 per kilo) and she relishes the creative freedom to use not just one or two but several in a blend.

Aftelier Perfumes Launches Haute Claire
September 10, 2011