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
1.5134112534652
Mirror Mirror Collection - A Travers Le Miroir Thierry Mugler
1.5079418595939
Miel d`Oranger Yves Rocher
1.5079412567618
Honeymania The Body Shop
1.5008241552409
Pure Honey Philosophy
1.5006743088334
Honey Demeter Fragrance
1.5002996928149
Cassandra Fresh Line
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Pure Gold Ladies Milton Lloyd
1.5001498464074
Honey Star Nature
1.5001498464074
Zzzzz Hilde Soliani
1.5000749232037
Honey and Tar Anna Zworykina Perfumes
1.5
Fabelle Fab.
1.5
Soglie Tonatto Profumi
1.5
African Soliflore Rose Frazer Parfum
1.5
Icon Musk Oil Gold Ga-De
1.4904503333333
Armani Code for Women Giorgio Armani
1.4874468513524
O Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab
1.4743583088334
Prelude S. Eudora
1.4714870784446
4711 Acqua Colonia Plum & Honey Maurer & Wirtz
1.466667
Hiba Al Ahlam Khalis
1.4664378727804
Honey and the Moon Tokyo Milk Parfumarie Curiosite
1.4646909875627
Chergui Serge Lutens
1.4618182551884
A*Men Pure Havane Thierry Mugler
1.4616129232037
Celos Yanbal
1.4522393905747
MAC Creations Hue: Naked Honey M∙A∙C
1.4475049067955
Le Parfum Elie Saab
1.4401977860943
Imari Mystique Avon
1.4287208464074
Mathi Dr. Gritti
1.4286459232037
Adorabubble Snoopy Fragrance
1.4284960767963
Aurora Acqua Micaelangelo
1.4251614064584
Lady Million Paco Rabanne
1.423601462426
Lelong Lucien Lelong
1.4140777743313
Angel Thierry Mugler
1.4095048497041
Dana O'Shee Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab
1.4084943856297
Mio Bjao Parfumerie Generale
1.407931462426
Honey Ava Luxe
1.4
Remember Me Grasse Au Parfum
1.4
Soleil № 7 CIEL Parfum
1.3999250767963
IKKS Baby IKKS
1.3914538464074
Iris Berben LR
1.3912525672436
Miel De Bois Serge Lutens
1.3897131552409
Linden Library of Flowers
1.3870992406533
Fame Lady Gaga
1.3858035910692
A*Men Thierry Mugler
1.385663924852
Gatsby Pacoma
1.3762736944632
Wildflower Honey CB I Hate Perfume
1.3751498464074
Egyptian Honey Scent by the Sea
1.375
ambre alchemé Tambela Natural Perfumes
1.375
Neroli Ortigia Sicilia
1.3646100016483
Honeycomb Library of Flowers
1.3645490817412
MAC Creations Hue: Africanimal M∙A∙C
1.3643103088334
Arabian Prestige Original Arabian Oud
1.363636
Jardin de Madagascar ID Parfums
1.355363462426
H - 100 Jubilee Schlossparfumerie
1.3549523253166
Honey I Washed the Kids Lush
1.3530159232037
Colour Me Oud Milton Lloyd
1.3526185507605
Treselle Mystique Avon
1.35
Espoir - Hope Ajne
1.34375
Fleur d’ Agrumes Parfums et Senteurs du Pays Basque
1.3409437103469
L'Instant de Guerlain Guerlain
1.3404967205365
Gucci by Gucci Eau de Parfum Gucci
1.337284967783
Poison Christian Dior
1.3367045441672
Golden Acacia Salvatore Ferragamo
1.3358091186784
Les Exclusifs de Chanel Beige Chanel
1.3350402030419
Sweet Oriental Dream Montale
1.3349813104818
Sunset Boulevard Gale Hayman
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Rucher Fleuri Phoenicia Perfumes
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Oud Delice Robert Piguet
1.3335577696111
Elegant Black Johan B
1.3335577696111
Ashley Ashley Roberts
1.3334828464074
Oud Al Amir Abdul Karim Al Faransi
1.3334828464074
Bondage Temptation Milton Lloyd
1.3334079232037
Miele Amaro Il Profumiere
1.3334079232037
Exquise Vanille Acorelle
1.333333
Dreamz Woman Chris Adams
1.333333
Secret 10th Avenue Karl Antony
1.333333
Emilie Guy Bouchara
1.333333
Forever Peter Andre
1.333333
Arabescato I Profumi Del Marmo
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Botrytis Ginestet
1.3290471601858
Que sais je? Jean Patou
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Sensuous Estée Lauder
1.3274672241702
Back to Black By Kilian
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Fresh Fig Arran Aromatics
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Miel & Citron Pailletee Shimmering L`Occitane en Provence
1.321429
Kill-Devil Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab
1.3165670188057
Le Parfum Eau de Parfum Intense Elie Saab
1.3127283401513
Immortelle de Corse L`Occitane en Provence
1.3123292336855
Delivre Moi Libertin Louison Technique Indiscrete
1.311663854649
Intense Boadicea the Victorious
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Honey Coconut Love & Toast
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Tabac Rouge Phaedon
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Wild Honey I Smell Great
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Jezebel Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab
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Miro Night Fever Miro
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Asmar SoOud
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V Gloria Vanderbilt
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Nouveau-ne Humiecki & Graef
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Marbert Man Classic Marbert
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Hanukah Cannelle (Holiday no.9) DSH Perfumes
1.3
iDiva Armaf
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Mamluk Xerjoff
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Miele Rosa I Profumi di Firenze
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Dirty Honey 4160 Tuesdays
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Cologne Pour Le Soir Maison Francis Kurkdjian
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Miel & Citron (Honey & Lemon) L`Occitane en Provence
1.2928328464074
Magnolia Santa Maria Novella
1.292715924852
Sweet Tea Elizabeth W
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Miel de Sauvage et Tabac Alkemia Perfumes
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Hermessence Ambre Narguile Hermes
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Aqua Allegoria Flora Nymphea Guerlain
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Euphoria Gold Calvin Klein
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Velvet Rose Anglia Perfumery
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Illicit Jimmy Choo
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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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10 Citrus Zest Fred Segal
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Wild Ginger Chai Soivohle
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Tilak Ramakrishnananda
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Moroccan MOR
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Elle s’habille d’or Lomani
1.285714
Hetairae Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab
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No. 10 Unter den Linden Frau Tonis Parfum
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Prairie Nymph Smell Bent
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Lamsa Arabian Oud
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Defututa Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab
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Rose Barbare Eau de Parfum Guerlain
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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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Miss Varens Fashion Ulric de Varens
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El Attarine Serge Lutens
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Miel & Vanille (Honey & Vanilla) L`Occitane en Provence
1.2756175408706
LOVANN Santi Burgas
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Patchouli Mazzolari
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Reserve Australia Danny Seo
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Elie Saab Le Parfum Eau de Toilette Elie Saab
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Delicious by Sara La Fountain Acorelle
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DNA Milton Lloyd
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City Girl Paris Laurelle London
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Anais Anais Le Paradis Cacharel
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Les Exclusifs de Chanel Beige Parfum Chanel
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Philtre d`Amour No. 6 Alkemia Perfumes
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L’Abeille de Guerlain Guerlain
1.2695578579456
Honey Oud Floris
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Eau de Hongrie Viktoria Minya
1.2670298470817
Absolue Pour le Soir Maison Francis Kurkdjian
1.2659796944632
Gimel A Break Smell Bent
1.2656225705402
Island Vanilla Pacifica

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