7 honey fragrances you just have to try
It’s the flavour of the month
By Iantha Yu
Beauty Crew Beauty Editor / May 26 2017
From drizzling it over a bowl of warm porridge to adding a heaped teaspoon to a cup of herbal tea, honey serves as a versatile ingredient in our lives. And the same can be said with fragrances; it rarely serves as the star ingredient inside a spritz, but more as an accompaniment that helps a fragrance shine to its full potential.
“Honey is a warm, sweet note (not fruity or sticky), but with an earthy quality that sees it blending well with amber, woods and vanilla notes,” says Erica Moore, fragrance evaluator for Fragrances of the World. “It adds sweetness and intensity to floral oriental fragrances and blends well with spicy florals such as orange blossom, ylang ylang and carnation, as well as some rose notes.It can also work well with spices such as cinnamon and nutmeg.”
Here, discover the best honey scents that have recently hit the market.
Jo Malone London Whisky & Cedarwood Cologne
You may be accustomed to Jo Malone’s lighter scents that show off fruity or floral notes, but the next thing to come from the British fragrance house is a bolder fragrance that’s intoxicating and warming, and perfect for spritzing in the wintry months ahead. Our pick is Whisky & Cedarwood - a spicy mixture of the bold alcohol and wood with spicy pimento (capsicum) for a bitter touch, and rose for a slight sweetness, plus honey’s subtle sister beeswax to tie it all together.
By Kilian Forbidden Games
This heady mixture features sweetness (found in apple, peach and plum), spice (all thanks to cinnamon bark), and a creamy and sugary addition of vanilla and honey for balance. The overall result is a sparkling blend that’s attention grabbing; however, it’s memorable for all the right reasons.
Naomi Goodsir Or Du Serail EDP
The tropical blend of fruit, honey, mango and coconut may seem sickly sweet, but the heavy hand of golden tobacco makes it spicy, slightly smoky and rum-like, which is totally impressive and incredibly sexy to wear. Suitable for both sexes.
MAC Shadescents Velvet Teddy EDP
If you could illustrate the colour beige with a scent, this would be it. Following from the success of iconic lipstick colours like Ruby Woo and My Heroine comes a tightknit collection of scents that match their appearance; and Velvet Teddy takes the cake for most wearable. This one captures wild honey muddled with creamy musk to form a sweet gourmand fragrance that’s warming and delicious all at the same time.
Diptyque 34 Boulevard Saint Germain Essences Insensée EDP
We’re not sure what we love more - the black glass bottle complete with atomiser, or the beautiful fragrance that’s just like a gorgeous bouquet of roses. Inside, the juice is fresh and dainty, and carries notes of elegant May rose, red fruit for a delicious touch, and honey to finish off.
Floris Honey Oud EDP
If you usually find oud scents too heavy or masculine to wear, then Floris’ creation could tickle your fancy. Besides agarwood (or oud, if you like), the scent is balanced with honey and vanilla, plus rose, sandalwood, bergamot and amber for a feminine edge. A serious must-have in our eyes.
Tom Ford London EDP
If you’re one to lean towards fragrances bursting with personality, then it’s probably a good idea to give Tom Ford’s London scent a red hot go. With a spicy and smoky blend of incense, cistus oil and honey, this scent is mysterious yet wearable, and emulates the atmosphere and first impressions of an old cathedral.
Main image photography: Sevak Babakhani
If you prefer fruity fragrances, check out our round up of the best ones here.
Iantha is BEAUTYcrew's Beauty Editor, and has been part of the team since the site launched in 2016. Besides pinot noir, she has a healthy obsession with fake tan smell, wispy false lashes and CND Shellac in the shade Romantique. Her words and styling can also be found in previous issues of SHOP Til You Drop, Cosmopolitan and Women’s Health.