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
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Mirror Mirror Collection - A Travers Le Miroir Thierry Mugler
1.5086692674469
Miel d`Oranger Yves Rocher
1.5062893333333
Armani Code for Women Giorgio Armani
1.5018205461638
O Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab
1.501473775466
Dana O'Shee Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab
1.5005201560468
Pure Honey Philosophy
1.4768835413958
Honeycomb Library of Flowers
1.4566243693108
Honey and the Moon Tokyo Milk Parfumarie Curiosite
1.4554229601214
Honeymania The Body Shop
1.4551518487213
Gatsby Pacoma
1.4495361941916
Imari Mystique Avon
1.4288263216298
MAC Creations Hue: Naked Honey M∙A∙C
1.4284843073255
Aurora Acqua Micaelangelo
1.4213130780234
Iris Berben LR
1.4187989427828
A*Men Pure Havane Thierry Mugler
1.4161561846554
Chergui Serge Lutens
1.4150311226701
Le Parfum Elie Saab
1.4117398105765
Lady Million Paco Rabanne
1.3999133073255
IKKS Baby IKKS
1.3975800923277
Que sais je? Jean Patou
1.3846421170351
Angel Thierry Mugler
1.3829450047681
Delivre Moi Libertin Louison Technique Indiscrete
1.3815588487213
Lelong Lucien Lelong
1.3768205461638
Dragon's Milk Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab
1.3768205461638
Sunset Boulevard Gale Hayman
1.3760403120936
Fresh Fig Arran Aromatics
1.3750866926745
4elements Ramon Molvizar
1.371670390117
Wildflower Honey CB I Hate Perfume
1.371594491114
Fame Lady Gaga
1.3669028352839
A*Men Thierry Mugler
1.366217496749
Treselle Mystique Avon
1.3659767022107
MAC Creations Hue: Africanimal M∙A∙C
1.3644162340702
No. 08 L’Eau Baptiste IUNX
1.3643295413958
Arabian Prestige Original Arabian Oud
1.360705603381
Miel De Bois Serge Lutens
1.3576631560468
BV Secret Bottega Verde
1.3556136870394
Gucci by Gucci Gucci
1.3553745843086
Honey I Washed the Kids Lush
1.3525710459471
Botrytis Ginestet
1.3479164629389
Les Exclusifs de Chanel Beige Chanel
1.3429350845254
L'Instant de Guerlain Guerlain
1.3409356909406
Miel & Citron (Honey & Lemon) L`Occitane en Provence
1.3366249601214
Miel & Citron Pailletee Shimmering L`Occitane en Provence
1.3341999267447
Rucher Fleuri Phoenicia Perfumes
1.3339398487213
Mio Bjao Parfumerie Generale
1.3335930780234
Moroccan MOR
1.3334196926745
Roses Aftelier
1.3329121894235
Honey Coconut Love & Toast
1.332607076723
Sensuous Estée Lauder
1.3290515413958
Party Queen Oriflame
1.3279327706979
Miele Rosa Il Profumi di Firenze
1.3227900923277
L’Abeille de Guerlain Guerlain
1.3205201560468
Wild Ginger Chai Soivohle
1.3200844009536
Aqua Allegoria Flora Nymphea Guerlain
1.3173011829215
Sweet Oriental Dream Montale
1.3142575309926
Back to Black By Kilian
1.3141543883832
Immortelle de Corse L`Occitane en Provence
1.3077786926745
Miro Night Fever Miro
1.307692
Rue Pergolese Gold Parfums Pergolese Paris
1.3063419315128
Dehn Al Oud Al-Rehab
1.3060818534894
Magnolia Pourpre Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier
1.3059658261812
Poison Christian Dior
1.3038077117469
Aromatic Blends: Orange Flower & Lychee Kiehl`s
1.3025902769831
Cologne Pour Le Soir Maison Francis Kurkdjian
1.3012136974426
LOVANN Santi Burgas
1.3003267212831
El Attarine Serge Lutens
1.3000866926745
Hugs & Kisses Judith Williams
1.2943325119202
Hermessence Ambre Narguile Hermes
1.2942046926745
Velvet Rose Anglia Perfumery
1.2937561703511
BOSS The Collection Silk & Jasmine Hugo Boss
1.2906179791938
Mamluk Xerjoff
1.2892432579107
Asmar SoOud
1.2888393740789
Island Vanilla Pacifica
1.2876212388383
V Gloria Vanderbilt
1.2865809267447
MCM Success Mode Creation Munich
1.2858006926745
English Lavander Caswell Massey
1.2845116111834
Le Parfum Eau de Parfum Intense Elie Saab
1.2788183120936
Amor America Paramela Natura
1.2787316194192
Sweet Tea Elizabeth W
1.2780380780234
Black Coffee Monotheme Fine Fragrances Venezia
1.2762289267447
St Tropez Dispenser Apres Soleil Smell Bent
1.2732471560468
Majestic Boadicea the Victorious
1.2729870780234
Lamsa Arabian Oud
1.2728136926745
Butterfly Nectar DSH Perfumes
1.2695132388383
Oriental Lace Oscar de la Renta
1.268535213264
L'Eau D'Issey Absolue Issey Miyake
1.2682257802341
Intense Boadicea the Victorious
1.2677073120936
Comme des Garcons Series 7 Sweet: Sticky Cake Comme des Garcons
1.2658454729085
One Man Show Ruby Edition Jacques Bogart
1.2656872228002
Tabac Rouge Phaedon
1.2635914633723
Evasion Digo de Havane L`Arc
1.2633313853489
Osmo Scents Palmerose Il Profvmo
1.2629556337235
Rumba Passion Ted Lapidus
1.260732775466
Vohina Huitieme Art Parfums
1.2537386159515
Absolue Pour le Soir Maison Francis Kurkdjian
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Miel & Vanille (Honey & Vanilla) L`Occitane en Provence
1.2532076289554
Luciano Soprani Luciano Soprani
1.2507802340702
Noche Del Fuego Spadaro Luxury Fragrances
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Realm Women Erox
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Armani Code Mirror Edition Giorgio Armani
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No. 06 Le Cherche Midi
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Linden Library of Flowers
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Aspens Drift Parfum de Terre
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Magnolia Santa Maria Novella
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Comandante Xerjoff
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Sweet Honesty Avon
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Patchouli Mazzolari
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Miss Varens Fashion Ulric de Varens
1.2426840780234
Revelation CB I Hate Perfume
1.2425504438665
Elie Saab Le Parfum Eau de Toilette Elie Saab
1.2392922579107
Tonka Reminiscence
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Pheromone for Men Marilyn Miglin
1.238095
Karolina Kurkova LR
1.236317331166
Relax Lollia
1.235294
Espoir - Hope Ajne
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Pistachio Ganache Payard
1.2336797706979
Sienna DSH Perfumes
1.2323878677937
Ghost Deepest Night Ghost
1.2304806289554
Noora Swiss Arabian
1.2297407212831
Lady Million Eau de Toilette Paco Rabanne
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L'Instant de Guerlain Eau de Noel Iris Millesime Guerlain
1.2260229202427
Rose Barbare Guerlain
1.2253876337235
Oajan Parfums de Marly
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Rare Pearls Avon
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Prairie Nymph Smell Bent
1.223069698743
Sa Majeste la Rose Serge Lutens
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Field & Flowers Library of Flowers
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A La Nuit Serge Lutens
1.2216804919809
Golden Cattleya Olympic Orchids Artisan Perfumes
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Oblique Rewind Givenchy
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My Honey Toni Gard
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No. 25 Indochine Parfumerie Generale
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Al Attar Al Thameen Al Bahy Rasasi
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Poivre Piquant L`Artisan Parfumeur
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White Musk Libertine The Body Shop
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Vacances Strange Invisible Perfumes
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Violette Cherie Parfums Berdoues
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Honey Velvet & Sweet Pea’s Purrfumery
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Cumberland Ti Soivohle
1.209852029909
Hypnose Senses Lancome
1.209726941049
Sensuous Eau de Toilette Estée Lauder
1.20862098873
Quelques Fleurs Royale Houbigant
1.2083960875596
Ozbek Rifat Ozbek
1.2075814390984
Animale Animale for Men Animale
1.2073304633723
Chic Ann Taylor
1.2070255968791
Lollipop Bling Honey Mariah Carey
1.2056720047681
To Bee Roxana Illuminated Perfume
1.2054747706979
Regina Farmacia SS. Annunziata
1.2043276241873
Cielo Olivina Napa Valley

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