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
1.5080504291031
Miel d`Oranger Yves Rocher
1.5075734363181
Honeymania The Body Shop
1.5008354218881
Pure Honey Philosophy
1.5006835269993
4711 Acqua Colonia Plum & Honey Maurer & Wirtz
1.5006835269993
Honey Demeter Fragrance
1.5003037897775
Tilak Ramakrishnananda
1.5002278423331
Pure Gold Ladies Milton Lloyd
1.5001518948887
Zzzzz Hilde Soliani
1.5
Fabelle Fab.
1.4911623333333
Armani Code for Women Giorgio Armani
1.4874128977747
O Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab
1.4657995269993
Prelude S. Eudora
1.4616139474444
Celos Yanbal
1.4597853837624
Honey and the Moon Tokyo Milk Parfumarie Curiosite
1.4530782337662
A*Men Pure Havane Thierry Mugler
1.4522039911901
Chergui Serge Lutens
1.4521356349966
MAC Creations Hue: Naked Honey M∙A∙C
1.4418884763424
Le Parfum Elie Saab
1.4404859049897
Imari Mystique Avon
1.428684510139
Lady Million Paco Rabanne
1.4286469474444
Adorabubble Snoopy Fragrance
1.4284950525556
Aurora Acqua Micaelangelo
1.4236086321106
Lelong Lucien Lelong
1.4095335284423
Dana O'Shee Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab
1.4094958955723
Angel Thierry Mugler
1.4085025795549
Mio Bjao Parfumerie Generale
1.4079386321106
Honey Ava Luxe
1.4
Remember Me Grasse Au Parfum
1.3999240525556
IKKS Baby IKKS
1.3914558948887
Iris Berben LR
1.3897244218881
Linden Library of Flowers
1.3886797005392
Miel De Bois Serge Lutens
1.3868259823042
Fame Lady Gaga
1.3855263693324
Gatsby Pacoma
1.3816935103668
A*Men Thierry Mugler
1.3762911065543
Wildflower Honey CB I Hate Perfume
1.3646233167768
Honeycomb Library of Flowers
1.364588002886
MAC Creations Hue: Africanimal M∙A∙C
1.3643195269993
Arabian Prestige Original Arabian Oud
1.3634841051113
Jardin de Madagascar ID Parfums
1.357927010101
Honey I Washed the Kids Lush
1.3554529546594
Treselle Mystique Avon
1.3553706321106
H - 100 Jubilee Schlossparfumerie
1.35
Espoir - Hope Ajne
1.34375
Fleur d’ Agrumes Parfums et Senteurs du Pays Basque
1.3429723710033
Gucci by Gucci Eau de Parfum Gucci
1.3385923481431
L'Instant de Guerlain Guerlain
1.3349278963317
Sunset Boulevard Gale Hayman
1.3345748452191
Golden Acacia Salvatore Ferragamo
1.3343962642212
Sweet Tea Elizabeth W
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Rucher Fleuri Phoenicia Perfumes
1.3338233441938
Sweet Oriental Dream Montale
1.3337127372218
Nouveau-ne Humiecki & Graef
1.3335608423331
Elegant Black Johan B
1.3334848948887
Bondage Temptation Milton Lloyd
1.333333
Emilie Guy Bouchara
1.333333
Secret 10th Avenue Karl Antony
1.333333
Forever Peter Andre
1.3331566984886
Les Exclusifs de Chanel Beige Chanel
1.332816564973
Poison Christian Dior
1.3290224247741
Que sais je? Jean Patou
1.3284386638566
Botrytis Ginestet
1.3281514258373
Sensuous Estée Lauder
1.3263670539986
Fresh Fig Arran Aromatics
1.3258526918812
Miel & Citron Pailletee Shimmering L`Occitane en Provence
1.324500865649
Back to Black By Kilian
1.3227328948887
Magnolia Santa Maria Novella
1.321429
Kill-Devil Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab
1.3178197941065
Intense Boadicea the Victorious
1.3156664816587
Honey Coconut Love & Toast
1.3153898446115
Le Parfum Eau de Parfum Intense Elie Saab
1.3153717897775
Lamsa Arabian Oud
1.3107457034252
Immortelle de Corse L`Occitane en Provence
1.3084201354143
Tabac Rouge Phaedon
1.3082236321106
Wild Honey I Smell Great
1.3080717372218
Jezebel Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab
1.3077679474444
Miro Night Fever Miro
1.3064461123263
Asmar SoOud
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V Gloria Vanderbilt
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Oud Delice Robert Piguet
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Hanukah Cannelle (Holiday no.9) DSH Perfumes
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Marbert Man Classic Marbert
1.3
iDiva Armaf
1.2985458437761
Delivre Moi Libertin Louison Technique Indiscrete
1.2965997897775
Miele Rosa I Profumi di Firenze
1.2943261224273
Miel & Citron (Honey & Lemon) L`Occitane en Provence
1.2940314874307
Cologne Pour Le Soir Maison Francis Kurkdjian
1.2935134392041
Mamluk Xerjoff
1.2914184140655
Aqua Allegoria Flora Nymphea Guerlain
1.2905686381104
Hermessence Ambre Narguile Hermes
1.2897018423331
Velvet Rose Anglia Perfumery
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Happy Spirit Amira d’Amour Chopard
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BOSS The Collection Silk & Jasmine Hugo Boss
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Always Lollia
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Vohina Huitieme Art Parfums
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Wild Ginger Chai Soivohle
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Graham Cracker Demeter Fragrance
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Moroccan MOR
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Elle s’habille d’or Lomani
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Hetairae Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab
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No. 10 Unter den Linden Frau Tonis Parfum
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Euphoria Gold Calvin Klein
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Illicit Jimmy Choo
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Defututa Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab
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Noche Del Fuego Spadaro Luxury Fragrances
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No. 08 L’Eau Baptiste IUNX
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Black Coffee Monotheme Fine Fragrances Venezia
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Prairie Nymph Smell Bent
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El Attarine Serge Lutens
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Miel & Vanille (Honey & Vanilla) L`Occitane en Provence
1.275637001443
LOVANN Santi Burgas
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Reserve Australia Danny Seo
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Les Exclusifs de Chanel Beige Parfum Chanel
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Patchouli Mazzolari
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L’Abeille de Guerlain Guerlain
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Island Vanilla Pacifica
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Miss Varens Fashion Ulric de Varens
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Eau de Hongrie Viktoria Minya
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Party Queen Oriflame
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Honey Oud Floris
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Relax Lollia
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Oriental Lace Oscar de la Renta
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Absolue Pour le Soir Maison Francis Kurkdjian
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St Tropez Dispenser Apres Soleil Smell Bent
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Dolce&Gabbana Perfume for Babies Dolce&Gabbana
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Elie Saab Le Parfum Eau de Toilette Elie Saab
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Royal Indian Kala Kassi Agarwood Oil Majid Muzaffar Iterji
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Revelation CB I Hate Perfume
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Pistachio Ganache Payard
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Mel Das Flores Mahogany
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Queen of Sheba Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab
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Gimel A Break Smell Bent
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BV Secret Bottega Verde
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Osmo Scents Palmerose Il Profvmo
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L'Eau D'Issey Absolue Issey Miyake
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Aromatic Blends: Orange Flower & Lychee Kiehl`s
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Tonka Reminiscence
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Sweet Honesty Avon
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La Reine Soleil Le Soft Perfume
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Colour Me Oud Milton Lloyd
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Noora Swiss Arabian
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Realm Women Erox
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Field & Flowers Library of Flowers
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Rue Pergolese Gold Parfums Pergolese Paris
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Scarlett Cacharel
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