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

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Eau de Miel L`Occitane en Provence
1.5114971466935
Mirror Mirror Collection - A Travers Le Miroir Thierry Mugler
1.5084759986573
Miel d`Oranger Yves Rocher
1.5045163333333
Armani Code for Women Giorgio Armani
1.5022658610272
O Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab
1.5014266532393
Dana O'Shee Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab
1.5006713662303
Pure Honey Philosophy
1.5002517623364
Reserve Australia Danny Seo
1.5002517623364
4711 Acqua Colonia Plum & Honey Maurer & Wirtz
1.5001678415576
Pure Gold Ladies Milton Lloyd
1.5001678415576
Prelude S. Eudora
1.5000839207788
Hanukah Cannelle (Holiday no.9) DSH Perfumes
1.5
Fleur d’ Agrumes Parfums et Senteurs du Pays Basque
1.4831112259147
Honeymania The Body Shop
1.4570537401813
Honey and the Moon Tokyo Milk Parfumarie Curiosite
1.4553002870091
Gatsby Pacoma
1.4345669378986
A*Men Pure Havane Thierry Mugler
1.4337348261161
Chergui Serge Lutens
1.4325442557905
Imari Mystique Avon
1.4284870792212
Aurora Acqua Micaelangelo
1.4216720080564
Le Parfum Elie Saab
1.4212208415576
Iris Berben LR
1.4184508311514
MAC Creations Hue: Naked Honey M∙A∙C
1.4177206717019
Lady Million Paco Rabanne
1.4171705246727
Linden Library of Flowers
1.4168348415576
H - 100 Jubilee Schlossparfumerie
1.4007552870091
Honeycomb Library of Flowers
1.3999160792212
IKKS Baby IKKS
1.3979902178583
Angel Thierry Mugler
1.3975475934877
Que sais je? Jean Patou
1.3832446532393
Delivre Moi Libertin Louison Technique Indiscrete
1.3824795941591
Fame Lady Gaga
1.3815394454515
Lelong Lucien Lelong
1.3769301779121
Sunset Boulevard Gale Hayman
1.3769301779121
Dragon's Milk Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab
1.376174890903
Fresh Fig Arran Aromatics
1.3728139036589
A*Men Thierry Mugler
1.3716288116818
Wildflower Honey CB I Hate Perfume
1.3643912870091
No. 08 L’Eau Baptiste IUNX
1.3643912870091
Arabian Prestige Original Arabian Oud
1.3642234454515
Mel Das Flores Mahogany
1.3617433856999
MAC Creations Hue: Africanimal M∙A∙C
1.3593107804632
Honey I Washed the Kids Lush
1.3585621570997
Treselle Mystique Avon
1.3576465246727
BV Secret Bottega Verde
1.3556477895267
Miel De Bois Serge Lutens
1.3532766831151
Lamsa Arabian Oud
1.3531273293051
Gucci by Gucci Gucci
1.3506767180262
Botrytis Ginestet
1.3447065451494
Les Exclusifs de Chanel Beige Chanel
1.3444974457872
L'Instant de Guerlain Guerlain
1.3407842843236
Miel & Citron (Honey & Lemon) L`Occitane en Provence
1.3366618251091
Sensuous Estée Lauder
1.3344239701242
Sweet Tea Elizabeth W
1.3343400493454
Rucher Fleuri Phoenicia Perfumes
1.3339204454515
Mio Bjao Parfumerie Generale
1.3335847623364
Moroccan MOR
1.3335847623364
Honey Ava Luxe
1.3335847623364
Roses Aftelier
1.3335847623364
Colour Me Oud Milton Lloyd
1.3335008415576
Bondage Temptation Milton Lloyd
1.3335008415576
Dolce&Gabbana Perfume for Babies Dolce&Gabbana
1.333333
Forever Peter Andre
1.333333
Emilie Guy Bouchara
1.3311280986908
Honey Oud Floris
1.3290293662303
Party Queen Oriflame
1.3279239167506
Sweet Oriental Dream Montale
1.3279216831151
Miele Rosa I Profumi di Firenze
1.3270789194361
Miel & Citron Pailletee Shimmering L`Occitane en Provence
1.3246049986573
Honey Coconut Love & Toast
1.3238957838201
Back to Black By Kilian
1.322673672709
L’Abeille de Guerlain Guerlain
1.3205874454515
Wild Ginger Chai Soivohle
1.3167121285666
Golden Acacia Salvatore Ferragamo
1.3143318348439
Aqua Allegoria Flora Nymphea Guerlain
1.313647741524
El Attarine Serge Lutens
1.3120234155757
Magnolia Pourpre Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier
1.3107762259147
Cologne Pour Le Soir Maison Francis Kurkdjian
1.3090051752266
Immortelle de Corse L`Occitane en Provence
1.308642735146
Poison Christian Dior
1.3077759207788
Velvet Rose Anglia Perfumery
1.3077759207788
Miro Night Fever Miro
1.307692
Rue Pergolese Gold Parfums Pergolese Paris
1.306730890903
LOVANN Santi Burgas
1.302349781806
Dehn Al Oud Al-Rehab
1.3020422960725
Euphoria Gold Calvin Klein
1.3001658348439
Le Parfum Eau de Parfum Intense Elie Saab
1.3000839207788
Hugs & Kisses Judith Williams
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Pheromone for Men Marilyn Miglin
1.2965707401813
Mamluk Xerjoff
1.2955715968446
Hermessence Ambre Narguile Hermes
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Asmar SoOud
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Eau de Hongrie Viktoria Minya
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V Gloria Vanderbilt
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MCM Success Mode Creation Munich
1.2859411675059
Aromatic Blends: Orange Flower & Lychee Kiehl`s
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Nectar Forager Botanicals
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BOSS The Collection Silk & Jasmine Hugo Boss
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Pistachio Ganache Payard
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Rumba Passion Ted Lapidus
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Island Vanilla Pacifica
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Amor America Paramela Natura
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Black Coffee Monotheme Fine Fragrances Venezia
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L'Eau D'Issey Absolue Issey Miyake
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Intense Boadicea the Victorious
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Tabac Rouge Phaedon
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Majestic Boadicea the Victorious
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St Tropez Dispenser Apres Soleil Smell Bent
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Revelation CB I Hate Perfume
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Comme des Garcons Series 7 Sweet: Sticky Cake Comme des Garcons
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English Lavander Caswell Massey
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Les Exclusifs de Chanel Beige Parfum Chanel
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Evasion Digo de Havane L`Arc
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Vohina Huitieme Art Parfums
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Osmo Scents Palmerose Il Profvmo
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Gimel A Break Smell Bent
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One Man Show Ruby Edition Jacques Bogart
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Sweet Honesty Avon
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Absolue Pour le Soir Maison Francis Kurkdjian
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Luciano Soprani Luciano Soprani
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Oriental Lace Oscar de la Renta
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Noche Del Fuego Spadaro Luxury Fragrances
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Realm Women Erox
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Wild Honey I Smell Great
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Armani Code Mirror Edition Giorgio Armani
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Nouveau-ne Humiecki & Graef
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Miel & Vanille (Honey & Vanilla) L`Occitane en Provence
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White Lilac DSH Perfumes
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Aspens Drift Parfum de Terre
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Magnolia Santa Maria Novella
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Elie Saab Le Parfum Eau de Toilette Elie Saab
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Patchouli Mazzolari
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Noora Swiss Arabian
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Miss Varens Fashion Ulric de Varens
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Winky Charrier Parfums
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Karolina Kurkova LR
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Tonka Reminiscence
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Espoir - Hope Ajne
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Relax Lollia
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Sienna DSH Perfumes
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Sa Majeste la Rose Serge Lutens
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Ghost Deepest Night Ghost
1.2316921285666
Rozy Vero Profumo
1.2313564454515
California Valley Kosiuko
1.230769
Mozart Parfums et Senteurs du Pays Basque
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Prairie Nymph Smell Bent
1.2282642960725
L'Instant de Guerlain Eau de Noel Iris Millesime Guerlain
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Golden Cattleya Olympic Orchids Artisan Perfumes
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Oajan Parfums de Marly
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