Honey

Group: MUSK, AMBER, ANIMALIC SMELLS

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Honey Perfumes

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Eau de Miel L`Occitane en Provence
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Mirror Mirror Collection - A Travers Le Miroir Thierry Mugler
1.5078209863133
Miel d`Oranger Yves Rocher
1.5075448057064
Honeymania The Body Shop
1.5007965819393
Pure Honey Philosophy
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Honey Demeter Fragrance
1.5004344992396
Cassandra Fresh Line
1.5003620826997
The Oud Affair Vilhelm Parfumerie
1.5001448330799
Honey Star Nature
1.5000724165399
Zzzzz Hilde Soliani
1.5000724165399
Sweet Cream & Honey Old Navy
1.5
Icon Musk Oil Gold Ga-De
1.5
African Soliflore Rose Frazer Parfum
1.5
Fabelle Fab.
1.4894073333333
Armani Code for Women Giorgio Armani
1.4784031653994
Prelude S. Eudora
1.4769046325585
A*Men Pure Havane Thierry Mugler
1.474208934463
Chergui Serge Lutens
1.472611993917
MAC Creations Hue: Naked Honey MAC
1.472337721486
Honey and the Moon Tokyo Milk Parfumarie Curiosite
1.4628625773771
O Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab
1.4625518315591
4711 Acqua Colonia Plum & Honey Maurer & Wirtz
1.4616104165399
Celos Yanbal
1.4546305249475
Le Parfum Elie Saab
1.454545
Hiba Al Ahlam Khalis
1.4398643998117
Imari Mystique Avon
1.428571
Victoria Empress Arabesque Perfumes
1.4284985834601
Aurora Acqua Micaelangelo
1.4260630743718
Lady Million Paco Rabanne
1.4235839157796
Lelong Lucien Lelong
1.4211254165399
Adorabubble Snoopy Fragrance
1.4196303454993
Angel Thierry Mugler
1.4167394165399
Neroli Ortigia Sicilia
1.4157482465783
Dana O'Shee Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab
1.4079139157796
Honey Ava Luxe
1.4
Soleil № 7 CIEL Parfum
1.3961455819393
Linden Library of Flowers
1.3914488330799
Iris Berben LR
1.391330386125
Miel De Bois Serge Lutens
1.3893414616554
A*Men Thierry Mugler
1.3879528332971
Fame Lady Gaga
1.3858460811789
Gatsby Pacoma
1.3773916600768
Que sais je? Jean Patou
1.3762310811789
Wildflower Honey CB I Hate Perfume
1.3759414150192
Honeycomb Library of Flowers
1.3753620826997
Pure Gold Ladies Milton Lloyd
1.3751448330799
Soglie Tonatto Profumi
1.375
ambre alchemé Tambela Natural Perfumes
1.3707241653994
Mio Bjao Parfumerie Generale
1.363636
Jardin de Madagascar ID Parfums
1.3553459157796
H - 100 Jubilee Schlossparfumerie
1.3546038990513
Honey I Washed the Kids Lush
1.3530134165399
Colour Me Oud Milton Lloyd
1.35
Espoir - Hope Ajne
1.348414987834
Treselle Mystique Avon
1.3476522450576
MAC Creations Hue: Africanimal MAC
1.3446402397712
L'Instant de Guerlain Guerlain
1.34375
Fleur d’ Agrumes Parfums et Senteurs du Pays Basque
1.3374836129336
Sweet Oriental Dream Montale
1.3374541378811
Poison Christian Dior
1.3366022933594
Les Exclusifs de Chanel Beige Chanel
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Gucci by Gucci Eau de Parfum Gucci
1.3349985804186
Sunset Boulevard Gale Hayman
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Rucher Fleuri Phoenicia Perfumes
1.3335502496198
Ashley Ashley Roberts
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Tilak Ramakrishnananda
1.3334778330799
Eau d`Anvers Libertin Louison Technique Indiscrete
1.3334778330799
Exquise Vanille Acorelle
1.3334054165399
Miele Amaro Il Profumiere
1.3333350935622
Back to Black By Kilian
1.333333
Forever Peter Andre
1.333333
Arabescato I Profumi Del Marmo
1.333333
Secret 10th Avenue Karl Antony
1.333333
Emilie Guy Bouchara
1.3332605834601
IKKS Baby IKKS
1.3308111903107
Botrytis Ginestet
1.3298226539938
Miel & Citron Pailletee Shimmering L`Occitane en Provence
1.3277151306394
Sensuous Estée Lauder
1.3262310811789
Fresh Fig Arran Aromatics
1.3231228269969
Golden Acacia Salvatore Ferragamo
1.321429
Kill-Devil Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab
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V Gloria Vanderbilt
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Immortelle de Corse L`Occitane en Provence
1.3159690635093
Le Parfum Eau de Parfum Intense Elie Saab
1.3147061577956
Intense Boadicea the Victorious
1.3110136895503
Tabac Rouge Phaedon
1.3081264992396
Wild Honey I Smell Great
1.3081264992396
Oud Ambroisie Lancome
1.3080540826997
Jezebel Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab
1.3077644165399
Miro Night Fever Miro
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Beeswax Demeter Fragrance
1.3033888808024
Mamluk Xerjoff
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Dolce&Gabbana Perfume for Babies Dolce&Gabbana
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Honey Coconut Love & Toast
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Marbert Man Classic Marbert
1.3003620826997
Nouveau-ne Humiecki & Graef
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Egyptian Honey Scent by the Sea
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City Girl Paris Laurelle London
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Hanukah Cannelle (Holiday no.9) DSH Perfumes
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Miel Sauvage Amouroud
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BOSS The Collection Silk & Jasmine Hugo Boss
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Cologne Pour Le Soir Maison Francis Kurkdjian
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Miele Rosa I Profumi di Firenze
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Miel & Citron (Honey & Lemon) L`Occitane en Provence
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Sweet Tea Elizabeth W
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Delivre Moi Libertin Louison Technique Indiscrete
1.2914527962199
Hermessence Ambre Narguile Hermes
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Asmar SoOud
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Velvet Rose Anglia Perfumery
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Aqua Allegoria Flora Nymphea Guerlain
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Always Lollia
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Vohina Huitieme Art Parfums
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Arabian Prestige Original Arabian Oud
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10 Citrus Zest Fred Segal
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Wild Ginger Chai Soivohle
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Musk Massilia No.2 Abdul Karim Al Faransi
1.2859312496198
Moroccan MOR
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Elle s’habille d’or Lomani
1.285714
Hetairae Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab
1.2856593307988
No. 10 Unter den Linden Frau Tonis Parfum
1.2851409847925
Honey Oud Floris
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Lamsa Arabian Oud
1.2813285758563
Prairie Nymph Smell Bent
1.2810862480991
Happy Spirit Amira d’Amour Chopard
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Defututa Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab
1.2802821638786
Miel de Sauvage et Tabac Alkemia Perfumes
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Magnolia Santa Maria Novella
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No. 08 L’Eau Baptiste IUNX
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Noche Del Fuego Spadaro Luxury Fragrances
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Black Coffee Monotheme Fine Fragrances Venezia
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Miss Varens Fashion Ulric de Varens
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Euphoria Gold Calvin Klein
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Reserve Australia Danny Seo
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DNA Milton Lloyd
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Delicious by Sara La Fountain Acorelle
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El Attarine Serge Lutens
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Dreamz Woman Chris Adams
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Playgirl Randevu Apple Parfums
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Island Vanilla Pacifica
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Elie Saab Le Parfum Eau de Toilette Elie Saab
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L’Abeille de Guerlain Guerlain
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Illicit Jimmy Choo
1.2691688117894
Miel & Vanille (Honey & Vanilla) L`Occitane en Provence
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Absolue Pour le Soir Maison Francis Kurkdjian
1.2651424901151
Relax Lollia
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Party Queen Oriflame
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Les Exclusifs de Chanel Beige Parfum Chanel
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Butterfly Nectar DSH Perfumes
1.2632984058947
Oriental Lace Oscar de la Renta
1.263158
Royal Indian Kala Kassi Agarwood Oil Majid Muzaffar Iterji

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