Honey

Group: Animal Sources

Honey
Honey
Honey
Odor profile: sweet, edible, golden autumnal note which illuminates a composition relying on citruses and oriental notes and gives profusion to floral notes

The sweet golden liquid known as honey is one of the nature’s most miraculous products. Honey, the nature’s sweetener, is a syrupy delicacy made by bees. There are more than twenty thousand different species of bees, but just a couple of them are skillful enough to make honey.

Honey bees are making this sweet food using nectar from flowers, and a single pound of honey stands as a lifetime work of about three hundred bees. It is estimated that the bee colony needs to visit about two million flowers before it collects enough nectar to make a single pound of honey, and this is why honey bees never sleep! Instead, a standard crowd of a single beehive makes up to 400 pounds of honey each season!


Honey is partially digested food that bees store in the hive during the long months of winter, when plants and flowers aren't blooming and no nectar is available. Each worker honey bee can make only a 1/12th teaspoon of honey in its lifetime, and only two tablespoons of honey could provide enough energy for a honey bee to fly once around the world.
 

Of the more than 20,000 bee species in the world, about 2,000 are native to Mexico. However, the true honey bee (with its seven recognized species and a total of 44 subspecies) was brought to the New World by the Spanish conquistadors, in the early 16th century. The Native American tribes have named them "white man's flies," because flying swarms often indicated the proximity of the European settlers. But even long before Europeans, Mayan people harvested honey from nests of stingless bees native to tropical forests and used it as a sweetener, as an antibiotic and for production of honey wine.


The production of honey and its use have a very long history. It is believed that the practice of honey harvesting dates as far back to at least 15,000 years in past, as demonstrated by cave paintings in Valencia, Spain. However, honey was not always used only as food. Even the nature of its name suggests more powerful, sacral significance - “honey” originates from the ancient Hebrew word for “enchant.” In Hebrew tradition, honey is considered kosher, even though it is produced by non-kosher beings – flying insects. The rabbis of the Talmud discuss this question in detail and for us to understand it we have to remember that, in ancient Israel, beekeeping was developed much after Biblical times- some 3,000 years ago. The classic Biblical teachings mention wild bees for which it was not believed to produce honey but to simply carry the pure nectar of flowers to their hives, and store it as a sweet liquid gold. Today we know that honey bees actually do produce honey thanks to the special enzymes synthesized by the body of the insect. In this process, saccharides from plant nectar are transformed into honey through numerous cycles of regurgitation (expulsion of undigested material from the mouth) until it is partially digested.

In almost all sacred documents of both East and West, honey stands as a metaphor for all good things. The Promised Land between the Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan River – Canaan – is “a land flowing with milk and honey.” In many other cultures it represents the same symbol of sweet life and prosperity like in Jewish tradition, where it still keeps a special place as one of the symbols of Rosh Hashanah - the Jewish New Year. In Celtic mythology, a river of honey wine – mead – runs through paradise and the bees are the very messengers of gods. Mead plays a large part in countless Celtic traditions – as the conferrer of immortality, artistic inspiration and knowledge, it is used in the sacral rites, the grand ceremonies, as well as in everyday life. Mead is the gift of gods and the drink of kings, a magic brew that makes sovereigns immortal and levels them with deities if only they drink the “blood red wine” bestowed by the Fairy Queen.

This natural nutritive sweetener offers many substantial health benefits. Not only that it represents nature’s energy booster, but it also builds up our immune system and acts as a remedy for numerous ailments. Honey is great therapy for sore throat; it fights against bacteria, viruses and fungi, promotes good night sleep and helps with heavy hangovers caused by drinking too much alcohol. Phytonutrients found in honey are shown to possess cancer-preventing and anti-tumor properties, while experimental evidence indicates that it may improve blood sugar control and insulin sensitivity. In Islam, honey is recommended directly by Prophet Muhammad for healing purposes and because of its numerous medical favors. It is, in the same manner, considered as one of the five elixirs of immortality in Hinduism.

But, did you know that the honey itself is pretty much immortal? You could place honey anywhere and keep it for thousands of years and it will not spoil! In fact, honey that was found in King Tutankhamen’s tomb was still edible after more than 2,000 years it spent underneath the sands in the Valley of the Kings. Until now, the oldest remains of honey have been found in Eurasian country of Georgia, dating back to about 4,700 - 5,500 years ago, but bees have been producing honey for at least 150 million years.

Unfortunately, these are the hard times for honey bees. Back in 2006, the sudden and mysterious disappearance of honey bees was first recorded in the United States. Since then, the bees are continuing to disappear without trace, at an accelerating rate and all over the world. This frightening and unusual phenomenon is named Colony collapse disorder (CCD), and it doesn’t only affect our honey supplies but also endangers the agricultural crops worldwide, which are pollinated by bees. The exact cause of the syndrome is not yet understood, but scientific evidence from Europe suggests that modern use of pesticides somehow affects the nervous and immune system of the bees, causing them to vanish from the face of Earth. If the problem doesn’t get solved urgently we may be facing a large crisis in food production. I’m sure that you know that what we eat changes our health, our environment and our communities. So, if you want to help in this issue, remember that each time you eat you vote with your fork. Choose organically grown food and help shape a better, honeybee-friendly world. You could also grow a small organic garden in your backyard or plant some flowers around your house to provide beautiful, fragrant and natural habitat for many animal species.

In perfumery, the honey note is distinguished by its soft and balsamic sweet chords, ideal to underline and emphasize floral notes. The scent, as well as the taste of honey, depends on its sort: it can be predominantly woodsy, floral, herbal, or even tobacco-scented. This note used to introduce gourmand nuance in the composition, and it is typically created from beeswax combined with various other molecular ingredients that are usually found in organic honey.

For example, a perfumer may combine the scent of Black Locust flower for floral types, or use Pine Tree extract to achieve a honeydew honey note. The bee’s wax absolute is obtained from the honeycombs of European bee - Apis mellifera – and extracted with ethanol and the ethanol evaporated. In this process, the bee’s wax absolute retains some of the aromatic molecules of the waxy substance. Honey can also be solvent extracted to produce an absolute which is highly fragrant and typically used in perfumery to render golden-ambery notes.

The honey note is soothing and comforting; it beautifully equilibrates the composition and adds rich and warm backdrop for other ingredients. If you wish to explore the honey note, try to find it in the sweetness of Thierry Mugler’s Angel, which is a perfect example of the gourmand fragrance category. The Serge Lutens’s Miel de Bois opens with a sweet and radiant honey note, while Red Door by Elizabeth Arden, uses honey for the base to convey a message of opulence and luxury. You can enjoy the aroma of honey in Miel d`Oranger by Yves Rocher - a fragrance for women and its accompanying collection of body care products. Something similar can also be found in Miel & Vanille (Honey & Vanilla) line by L`Occitane en Provence. If you seek modern commercial editions with honey note, the Lollipop Bling Honey Perfume By Mariah Carey could be just what you need.

You could also use our search by notes to embark on your own quest for more great fragrances with honey.

 


Author: Marina Milojević (Mary)
Fragrantica Writer, Translator & Editor

 

 

 

 

 

 

Perfumes and Colognes With Honey

1.5130399348003
Eau de Miel L`Occitane en Provence
1.5125509372453
Mirror Mirror Collection - A Travers Le Miroir Thierry Mugler
1.5086389568052
Miel d`Oranger Yves Rocher
1.5032853333333
Armani Code for Women Giorgio Armani
1.5021189894051
O Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab
1.5015484922575
Dana O'Shee Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab
1.5007334963325
Mio Bjao Parfumerie Generale
1.5007334963325
Pure Honey Philosophy
1.500488997555
4711 Acqua Colonia Plum & Honey Maurer & Wirtz
1.5004074979625
Reserve Australia Danny Seo
1.50032599837
Zzzzz Hilde Soliani
1.50032599837
Pure Gold Ladies Milton Lloyd
1.500162999185
Prelude S. Eudora
1.5000814995925
Hanukah Cannelle (Holiday no.9) DSH Perfumes
1.5
Fleur d’ Agrumes Parfums et Senteurs du Pays Basque
1.4879084360228
Honeymania The Body Shop
1.4628994262429
Honey and the Moon Tokyo Milk Parfumarie Curiosite
1.4552784963325
Gatsby Pacoma
1.4432674392828
A*Men Pure Havane Thierry Mugler
1.4348919478403
Imari Mystique Avon
1.4332763659332
Chergui Serge Lutens
1.4284895004075
Aurora Acqua Micaelangelo
1.4262444963325
Le Parfum Elie Saab
1.421215999185
Iris Berben LR
1.4184354832926
MAC Creations Hue: Naked Honey M∙A∙C
1.4169114987775
H - 100 Jubilee Schlossparfumerie
1.4165820122249
Lady Million Paco Rabanne
1.40097799511
Honeycomb Library of Flowers
1.4004074979625
Honey Ava Luxe
1.3999185004075
IKKS Baby IKKS
1.3996414270579
Angel Thierry Mugler
1.3930154914425
Delivre Moi Libertin Louison Technique Indiscrete
1.3904623528932
Fame Lady Gaga
1.385103997555
Happy Spirit Amira d’Amour Chopard
1.3815224971475
Lelong Lucien Lelong
1.3772004889976
Dragon's Milk Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab
1.37695599022
Sunset Boulevard Gale Hayman
1.3760594947025
Fresh Fig Arran Aromatics
1.3757604816626
Que sais je? Jean Patou
1.3757334963325
Wild Honey I Smell Great
1.3736465101874
A*Men Thierry Mugler
1.3717554930725
Wildflower Honey CB I Hate Perfume
1.364450995925
Arabian Prestige Original Arabian Oud
1.3618264857376
MAC Creations Hue: Africanimal M∙A∙C
1.3606764466178
Honey I Washed the Kids Lush
1.3558784914425
Golden Acacia Salvatore Ferragamo
1.35326699837
Lamsa Arabian Oud
1.3527933480033
Botrytis Ginestet
1.3519104172779
Miel De Bois Serge Lutens
1.3515636927465
Les Exclusifs de Chanel Beige Chanel
1.35065199674
No. 08 L’Eau Baptiste IUNX
1.3506109625102
Gucci by Gucci Eau de Parfum Gucci
1.3463764596577
Treselle Mystique Avon
1.3460085623472
L'Instant de Guerlain Guerlain
1.3439924132029
Miel & Citron (Honey & Lemon) L`Occitane en Provence
1.3353661646292
Sensuous Estée Lauder
1.334473994295
Sweet Tea Elizabeth W
1.33431099511
Rucher Fleuri Phoenicia Perfumes
1.3335774987775
Elegant Black Johan B
1.3335774987775
Roses Aftelier
1.333495999185
Dolce&Gabbana Perfume for Babies Dolce&Gabbana
1.333495999185
Bondage Temptation Milton Lloyd
1.333333
Forever Peter Andre
1.333333
Emilie Guy Bouchara
1.3314959543602
Honey Coconut Love & Toast
1.3288514180929
Back to Black By Kilian
1.32791199837
Miele Rosa I Profumi di Firenze
1.3261613691932
Sweet Oriental Dream Montale
1.3227349820701
L’Abeille de Guerlain Guerlain
1.3205704971475
Wild Ginger Chai Soivohle
1.3164959861451
Honey Oud Floris
1.3138689046455
Immortelle de Corse L`Occitane en Provence
1.31197499185
Magnolia Pourpre Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier
1.3110784963325
Linden Library of Flowers
1.3106339576202
Miel & Citron Pailletee Shimmering L`Occitane en Provence
1.3091404629177
El Attarine Serge Lutens
1.3088083268134
Poison Christian Dior
1.3084647791361
Aqua Allegoria Flora Nymphea Guerlain
1.3077734995925
Miro Night Fever Miro
1.3077734995925
Velvet Rose Anglia Perfumery
1.3050784433578
Cologne Pour Le Soir Maison Francis Kurkdjian
1.3041597726161
Le Parfum Eau de Parfum Intense Elie Saab
1.3022004889976
Dehn Al Oud Al-Rehab
1.3003564637327
Asmar SoOud
1.3
Royal Indian Kala Kassi Agarwood Oil Majid Muzaffar Iterji
1.2985129657702
Euphoria Gold Calvin Klein
1.29827499511
Party Queen Oriflame
1.2980074914425
Rozy Vero Profumo
1.2975184938875
Pheromone for Men Marilyn Miglin
1.2959464718826
BOSS The Collection Silk & Jasmine Hugo Boss
1.2956014547677
Hermessence Ambre Narguile Hermes
1.2943254938875
Honey Aoud Montale
1.2933444221679
Mamluk Xerjoff
1.2893998850856
Tabac Rouge Phaedon
1.2882754132029
Island Vanilla Pacifica
1.2879144889976
V Gloria Vanderbilt
1.2864474963325
MCM Success Mode Creation Munich
1.2859584987775
Moroccan MOR
1.2855104759576
Les Exclusifs de Chanel Beige Parfum Chanel
1.2846729828851
Pistachio Ganache Payard
1.2831104947025
LOVANN Santi Burgas
1.281792991035
St Tropez Dispenser Apres Soleil Smell Bent
1.2805704971475
Mel Das Flores Mahogany
1.278918994295
Amor America Paramela Natura
1.2788749722901
Eau de Hongrie Viktoria Minya
1.2785114963325
Noche Del Fuego Spadaro Luxury Fragrances
1.2781854979625
Black Coffee Monotheme Fine Fragrances Venezia
1.2769864172779
L'Eau D'Issey Absolue Issey Miyake
1.2753604718826
Aromatic Blends: Orange Flower & Lychee Kiehl`s
1.2739694694377
Patchouli Mazzolari
1.2712264930725
Vohina Huitieme Art Parfums
1.2703319788101
Intense Boadicea the Victorious
1.2687004979625
Revelation CB I Hate Perfume
1.26764499511
Comme des Garcons Series 7 Sweet: Sticky Cake Comme des Garcons
1.2669114987775
English Lavander Caswell Massey
1.2667484995925
Rue Pergolese Gold Parfums Pergolese Paris
1.26348399837
Evasion Digo de Havane L`Arc
1.258553997555
BV Secret Bottega Verde
1.2581464995925
Osmo Scents Palmerose Il Profvmo
1.2543712999185
Absolue Pour le Soir Maison Francis Kurkdjian
1.2530154849226
One Man Show Ruby Edition Jacques Bogart
1.251140994295
Miss Varens Fashion Ulric de Varens
1.2510243716381
Sweet Honesty Avon
1.2506214726976
Rumba Passion Ted Lapidus
1.2505704971475
Armani Code Mirror Edition Giorgio Armani
1.2504269315403
Miel & Vanille (Honey & Vanilla) L`Occitane en Provence
1.25032599837
White Lilac DSH Perfumes
1.2502444987775
Aspens Drift Parfum de Terre
1.2502444987775
Colour Me Oud Milton Lloyd
1.250162999185
Magnolia Santa Maria Novella
1.2489934800326
Prairie Nymph Smell Bent
1.2481839885901
Sucre et Fleurs Perfumes by Terri
1.2460479722901
Realm Women Erox
1.2457864710676
Relax Lollia
1.2448159731051
Ghost Deepest Night Ghost
1.2412632281989
Elie Saab Le Parfum Eau de Toilette Elie Saab
1.2389319788101
Noora Swiss Arabian
1.2383394987775
Winky Charrier Parfums
1.238051797881
Sa Majeste la Rose Serge Lutens
1.235294
Espoir - Hope Ajne
1.23365899837
Sienna DSH Perfumes
1.2336214857376
Rozy Voile d`Extrait Vero Profumo
1.2313394971475
California Valley Kosiuko
1.2311764979625
Nouveau-ne Humiecki & Graef
1.230931999185
Nectar Forager Botanicals
1.230769
Mozart Parfums et Senteurs du Pays Basque
1.2296809649552
Lady Million Eau de Toilette Paco Rabanne
1.2290084645477
Golden Cattleya Olympic Orchids Artisan Perfumes
1.2281999543602
Tonka Reminiscence
1.227435999185
Karolina Kurkova LR

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