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

1.5141097424412
Eau de Miel L`Occitane en Provence
1.5135871593878
Mirror Mirror Collection - A Travers Le Miroir Thierry Mugler
1.5079608727137
Honeymania The Body Shop
1.5079134005226
Miel d`Oranger Yves Rocher
1.500821201941
Pure Honey Philosophy
1.5006718924972
Honey Demeter Fragrance
1.5002986188876
Cassandra Fresh Line
1.5002986188876
Pure Gold Ladies Milton Lloyd
1.5001493094438
Zzzzz Hilde Soliani
1.5001493094438
Honey Star Nature
1.5000746547219
Honey and Tar Anna Zworykina Perfumes
1.5
Soglie Tonatto Profumi
1.5
African Soliflore Rose Frazer Parfum
1.5
Fabelle Fab.
1.5
Icon Musk Oil Gold Ga-De
1.4895923333333
Armani Code for Women Giorgio Armani
1.487734462486
O Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab
1.4743558924972
Prelude S. Eudora
1.4714838566629
4711 Acqua Colonia Plum & Honey Maurer & Wirtz
1.467047106383
Chergui Serge Lutens
1.466667
Hiba Al Ahlam Khalis
1.4666054557671
Honey and the Moon Tokyo Milk Parfumarie Curiosite
1.4655651067563
A*Men Pure Havane Thierry Mugler
1.4616126547219
Celos Yanbal
1.4522267719298
MAC Creations Hue: Naked Honey M∙A∙C
1.4501943579694
Le Parfum Elie Saab
1.4401620780142
Imari Mystique Avon
1.4287203094438
Mathi Dr. Gritti
1.4286456547219
Adorabubble Snoopy Fragrance
1.4284963452781
Aurora Acqua Micaelangelo
1.4263306450168
Lady Million Paco Rabanne
1.4235995830534
Lelong Lucien Lelong
1.4167416547219
Neroli Ortigia Sicilia
1.4147850892124
Angel Thierry Mugler
1.4094973322135
Dana O'Shee Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab
1.4084922377753
Mio Bjao Parfumerie Generale
1.4079295830534
Honey Ava Luxe
1.4
Remember Me Grasse Au Parfum
1.4
Soleil № 7 CIEL Parfum
1.3999253452781
IKKS Baby IKKS
1.3914533094438
Iris Berben LR
1.3906628596491
Miel De Bois Serge Lutens
1.389710201941
Linden Library of Flowers
1.3873677566256
Fame Lady Gaga
1.3872834673386
A*Men Thierry Mugler
1.3856601661068
Gatsby Pacoma
1.3762691302725
Wildflower Honey CB I Hate Perfume
1.3751493094438
Egyptian Honey Scent by the Sea
1.375
ambre alchemé Tambela Natural Perfumes
1.3646065113848
Honeycomb Library of Flowers
1.3645388794326
MAC Creations Hue: Africanimal M∙A∙C
1.3643078924972
Arabian Prestige Original Arabian Oud
1.363636
Jardin de Madagascar ID Parfums
1.3553615830534
H - 100 Jubilee Schlossparfumerie
1.3549150063457
Honey I Washed the Kids Lush
1.3530156547219
Colour Me Oud Milton Lloyd
1.3506375080254
Treselle Mystique Avon
1.35
Espoir - Hope Ajne
1.34375
Fleur d’ Agrumes Parfums et Senteurs du Pays Basque
1.3432356222471
L'Instant de Guerlain Guerlain
1.3388254184397
Gucci by Gucci Eau de Parfum Gucci
1.336748960433
Sweet Oriental Dream Montale
1.336692462486
Golden Acacia Salvatore Ferragamo
1.3365787450541
Poison Christian Dior
1.3360804027622
Les Exclusifs de Chanel Beige Chanel
1.334975403882
Sunset Boulevard Gale Hayman
1.334154201941
Rucher Fleuri Phoenicia Perfumes
1.3337062736096
Oud Delice Robert Piguet
1.3335569641657
Elegant Black Johan B
1.3335569641657
Ashley Ashley Roberts
1.3334823094438
Oud Al Amir Abdul Karim Al Faransi
1.3334823094438
Bondage Temptation Milton Lloyd
1.3334076547219
Miele Amaro Il Profumiere
1.3334076547219
Exquise Vanille Acorelle
1.333333
Secret 10th Avenue Karl Antony
1.333333
Arabescato I Profumi Del Marmo
1.333333
Forever Peter Andre
1.333333
Emilie Guy Bouchara
1.333333
Dreamz Woman Chris Adams
1.32982762486
Botrytis Ginestet
1.3294969163867
Back to Black By Kilian
1.3291830455394
Que sais je? Jean Patou
1.3291395315416
Sensuous Estée Lauder
1.3263437849944
Fresh Fig Arran Aromatics
1.3255728174692
Miel & Citron Pailletee Shimmering L`Occitane en Provence
1.321429
Kill-Devil Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab
1.316831862262
Le Parfum Eau de Parfum Intense Elie Saab
1.3146386088093
Immortelle de Corse L`Occitane en Provence
1.312323058604
Delivre Moi Libertin Louison Technique Indiscrete
1.3109900910788
Honey Coconut Love & Toast
1.3091615662561
Tabac Rouge Phaedon
1.3082145830534
Wild Honey I Smell Great
1.3080652736096
Jezebel Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab
1.3077666547219
Miro Night Fever Miro
1.3069402116461
Intense Boadicea the Victorious
1.3068484721911
Asmar SoOud
1.3048963680478
V Gloria Vanderbilt
1.3005225830534
Marbert Man Classic Marbert
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Nouveau-ne Humiecki & Graef
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Onde 7 Evody Parfums
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Hanukah Cannelle (Holiday no.9) DSH Perfumes
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Miele Rosa I Profumi di Firenze
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Mamluk Xerjoff
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Cologne Pour Le Soir Maison Francis Kurkdjian
1.2946724755506
Dirty Honey 4160 Tuesdays
1.2943325860396
Miel & Citron (Honey & Lemon) L`Occitane en Provence
1.2929816188876
Magnolia Santa Maria Novella
1.2927883075775
Hermessence Ambre Narguile Hermes
1.2927121661068
Sweet Tea Elizabeth W
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Aqua Allegoria Flora Nymphea Guerlain
1.2904810126913
Illicit Jimmy Choo
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Velvet Rose Anglia Perfumery
1.2883602930198
Euphoria Gold Calvin Klein
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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
1.2859379641657
Moroccan MOR
1.2859379641657
Tilak Ramakrishnananda
1.2858633094438
Elle s’habille d’or Lomani
1.285714
Hetairae Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab
1.2857040944382
No. 10 Unter den Linden Frau Tonis Parfum
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Prairie Nymph Smell Bent
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Lamsa Arabian Oud
1.2803732736096
Defututa Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab
1.2802567491601
Miel de Sauvage et Tabac Alkemia Perfumes
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Rose Barbare Eau de Parfum Guerlain
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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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LOVANN Santi Burgas
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El Attarine Serge Lutens
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Honey Oud Floris
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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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City Girl Paris Laurelle London
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Anais Anais Le Paradis Cacharel
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Playgirl Randevu Apple Parfums
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Elie Saab Le Parfum Eau de Toilette Elie Saab
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Miel & Vanille (Honey & Vanilla) L`Occitane en Provence
1.2699518077641
L’Abeille de Guerlain Guerlain
1.2673395796939
Eau de Hongrie Viktoria Minya
1.2671555106383
Absolue Pour le Soir Maison Francis Kurkdjian
1.2664763777529
Oriental Lace Oscar de la Renta
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Gimel A Break Smell Bent
1.2659279182531
Island Vanilla Pacifica
1.2650931041433
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