Sepia : Aftelier/Nathan Branch collaboration launched

19th April, 2012

Aftelier Perfumes have announced the launch of Sepia, a new fragrance for men and women. Created during the "Letters to a Fellow Perfumer" series on Nathan Branch's blog, perfumer Mandy Aftelier explains "Sepia is a tint, a watercolor wash, an atmosphere, a memory. "

"Exploring California’s Gold Country ghost towns over the last years, I have consistently been struck by the desolate beauty of their ruins, and wanted to recreate the mood of these lost worlds in scent. I am drawn to the remains of their previous life much more than to what I would have seen when they were new and pristine. What remains is experienced in the whispers of what came before. Sepia is about atmosphere — the ghostly presences, the patina and beauty of what remain after something is ravaged by time: the dignity of decay. In the aromatic world, could there be anything to better communicate the elegance of decay than ambergris and oud?"

The ambergris and oud nestle amongst flowering tobacco, indole, cepes and labdanum at the base. Top notes consist of blood cedarwood, yellow mandarin and pink grapefruit. This notes stand on either side of a heart of pink lotus, strawberry, jasmine grandiflorum, cocoa and coffee.

Sepia is available as a 1/4 oz. perfume retailing at $150, a 30 ml EDP spray also $150, a 2 ml perfume mini retailing at $45, and a sample size retailing at $6. Sepia is available at

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