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
1.5113843351548
Mirror Mirror Collection - A Travers Le Miroir Thierry Mugler
1.5085610200364
Miel d`Oranger Yves Rocher
1.5039663333333
Armani Code for Women Giorgio Armani
1.5017304189435
O Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab
1.5006375227687
Honeycomb Library of Flowers
1.5006375227687
Mio Bjao Parfumerie Generale
1.5005464480874
Pure Honey Philosophy
1.4744125974499
Miss Varens Fashion Ulric de Varens
1.4583852896175
Imari Mystique Avon
1.4551825227687
Gatsby Pacoma
1.4551825227687
No. 08 L’Eau Baptiste IUNX
1.4518904717668
Honey and the Moon Tokyo Milk Parfumarie Curiosite
1.4385103479053
Honeymania The Body Shop
1.4290839125683
MAC Creations Hue: Naked Honey M∙A∙C
1.4284799253188
Aurora Acqua Micaelangelo
1.4213262240437
Iris Berben LR
1.4176181457195
Lady Million Paco Rabanne
1.4105481948998
Dana O'Shee Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab
1.4074921347905
A*Men Pure Havane Thierry Mugler
1.4055866484517
Le Parfum Elie Saab
1.3999089253188
IKKS Baby IKKS
1.3996365774135
Chergui Serge Lutens
1.3970355391621
Que sais je? Jean Patou
1.3931588214936
Wildflower Honey CB I Hate Perfume
1.3867665391621
Angel Thierry Mugler
1.3839808214936
Delivre Moi Libertin Louison Technique Indiscrete
1.3814073734062
Lelong Lucien Lelong
1.376912568306
Sunset Boulevard Gale Hayman
1.3760928961749
Fresh Fig Arran Aromatics
1.3750910746812
4elements Ramon Molvizar
1.3669113934426
Treselle Mystique Avon
1.3660950163934
MAC Creations Hue: Africanimal M∙A∙C
1.3657665464481
Fame Lady Gaga
1.3652753442623
Dragon's Milk Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab
1.3643645974499
Arabian Prestige Original Arabian Oud
1.3630157522769
A*Men Thierry Mugler
1.3626711730419
Miel De Bois Serge Lutens
1.3576894480874
BV Secret Bottega Verde
1.3562565883424
Gucci by Gucci Gucci
1.3557401857923
Honey I Washed the Kids Lush
1.3501583897996
Les Exclusifs de Chanel Beige Chanel
1.3463127978142
L'Instant de Guerlain Guerlain
1.3448360018215
Botrytis Ginestet
1.3412919362477
Miel & Citron (Honey & Lemon) L`Occitane en Provence
1.3368853934426
Miel & Citron Pailletee Shimmering L`Occitane en Provence
1.3342437468124
Rucher Fleuri Phoenicia Perfumes
1.3342437468124
Sweet Tea Elizabeth W
1.3337883734062
Wild Ginger Chai Soivohle
1.3336062240437
Moroccan MOR
1.3335151493625
Cumberland Ti Soivohle
1.3334240746812
Roses Aftelier
1.3315782313297
Sensuous Estée Lauder
1.3262185227687
Party Queen Oriflame
1.3229150145719
Sweet Oriental Dream Montale
1.3228830619308
L’Abeille de Guerlain Guerlain
1.3222196593807
Aromatic Blends: Orange Flower & Lychee Kiehl`s
1.315336010929
Immortelle de Corse L`Occitane en Provence
1.3148026484517
Aqua Allegoria Flora Nymphea Guerlain
1.3139982240437
Miele Rosa Il Profumi di Firenze
1.3127732240437
Linden Library of Flowers
1.3092343897996
Back to Black By Kilian
1.3088759708561
Oriental Lace Oscar de la Renta
1.3084962896175
Cologne Pour Le Soir Maison Francis Kurkdjian
1.3077830746812
Miro Night Fever Miro
1.3065740200364
Honey Coconut Love & Toast
1.3061694936248
Dehn Al Oud Al-Rehab
1.303534867031
Hermessence Ambre Narguile Hermes
1.3021527486339
Poison Dior
1.3011839708561
LOVANN Santi Burgas
1.3007285974499
MCM Success Mode Creation Munich
1.3002175264117
El Attarine Serge Lutens
1.3000910746812
Hugs & Kisses Judith Williams
1.2942090746812
Velvet Rose Anglia Perfumery
1.2933158378871
BOSS The Collection Silk & Jasmine Hugo Boss
1.2898708542805
Asmar SoOud
1.287626568306
V Gloria Vanderbilt
1.2872581857923
Mamluk Xerjoff
1.2858050746812
English Lavander Caswell Massey
1.2842940455373
Vohina Huitieme Art Parfums
1.2812557923497
Comandante Xerjoff
1.2802732240437
Revelation CB I Hate Perfume
1.2789619708561
Amor America Paramela Natura
1.2780512240437
Black Coffee Monotheme Fine Fragrances Venezia
1.2773896448087
Le Parfum Eau de Parfum Intense Elie Saab
1.2731380910747
Intense Boadicea the Victorious
1.2729091493625
Lamsa Arabian Oud
1.272727
Butterfly Nectar DSH Perfumes
1.272727
Rue Pergolese Gold Parfums Pergolese Paris
1.2707066302368
Relax Lollia
1.2677598961749
Comme des Garcons Series 7 Sweet: Sticky Cake Comme des Garcons
1.2662581275046
Island Vanilla Pacifica
1.2662195300546
L'Eau D'Issey Absolue Issey Miyake
1.2634312240437
Evasion Digo de Havane L`Arc
1.2633401493625
Osmo Scents Palmerose Il Profvmo
1.2565364061931
Tonka Reminiscence
1.2549698214936
St Tropez Dispenser Apres Soleil Smell Bent
1.2531876138434
Luciano Soprani Luciano Soprani
1.2521314808743
Realm Women Erox
1.2515162586521
Absolue Pour le Soir Maison Francis Kurkdjian
1.2513919034608
Miel & Vanille (Honey & Vanilla) L`Occitane en Provence
1.2508196721311
Noche Del Fuego Spadaro Luxury Fragrances
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Armani Code Mirror Edition Giorgio Armani
1.250364298725
No. 06 Le Cherche Midi
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Aspens Drift Parfum de Terre
1.2494671275046
Tabac Rouge Phaedon
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Sweet Honesty Avon
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One Man Show Ruby Edition Jacques Bogart
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Pheromone for Men Marilyn Miglin
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Elie Saab Le Parfum Eau de Toilette Elie Saab
1.238095
Karolina Kurkova LR
1.235294
Espoir - Hope Ajne
1.2343209125683
Pistachio Ganache Payard
1.233697298725
Sienna DSH Perfumes
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Patchouli Mazzolari
1.2325553315118
Ghost Deepest Night Ghost
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No. 25 Indochine Parfumerie Generale
1.2288442240437
Regina Farmacia SS. Annunziata
1.2282650163934
Ozbek Rifat Ozbek
1.2280507795993
L'Instant de Guerlain Eau de Noel Iris Millesime Guerlain
1.2276776138434
Prairie Nymph Smell Bent
1.2262572932605
Rose Barbare Guerlain
1.2258561202186
Sunshine & Pancakes 4160 Tuesdays
1.2257952896175
PG14 Iris Taizo Parfumerie Generale
1.2237702695811
Magnolia Pourpre Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier
1.223393273224
Golden Cattleya Olympic Orchids Artisan Perfumes
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Rumba Passion Ted Lapidus
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Rare Pearls Avon
1.2183776138434
Noora Swiss Arabian
1.2168913479053
Oblique Rewind Givenchy
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Cielo Olivina Napa Valley
1.2156922204007
Hypnose Senses Lancome
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Poivre Piquant L`Artisan Parfumeur
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White Musk Libertine The Body Shop
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Sa Majeste la Rose Serge Lutens
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Kalemat Arabian Oud
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Vacances Strange Invisible Perfumes
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Quelques Fleurs Royale Houbigant
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Violette Cherie Parfums Berdoues
1.2110226557377
Animale Animale for Men Animale
1.2109813734062
Honey Velvet & Sweet Pea’s Purrfumery
1.2103059581056
Sensuous Eau de Toilette Estée Lauder
1.210026859745
A La Nuit Serge Lutens
1.2088761857923
Pure Honey Kim Kardashian
1.208043870674
Soir de Lune Sisley
1.2075667358834
Lollipop Bling Honey Mariah Carey
1.2073523734062
Chic Ann Taylor
1.2070336630237
Wish Chopard
1.2064774298725
Place Vendôme Boucheron
1.2057289708561
To Bee Roxana Illuminated Perfume

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