For Aftershave Hexe Africa we were inspired by Ax Africa. This fragrance was developed in the 1990s by perfumer Ann Gottlieb. The use of vanilla for a men’s fragrance was less common then. A somewhat more complicated recipe, for the enthusiast.
- 50 ml cosmetic hair water 
- 1 ml glycerine 
- 13 drops (± 0.7 ml) Cedramber (IFF) 
- 10 drops (± 0.5 ml) Iso E Super (IFF) 
- 5 drops (± 0.3 ml) EO Lavender Bulgaria (org) 
- 3 drops (± 0.2 ml) Isoraldeine 95 (Giv) Methyl ionone 
- 2 drops (± 0.2 ml) EO Sage Dalmatia 
- 2 drops (± 0.2 ml) EO Black pepper 
- 1 drop (± 0.1 ml) EO Patchouli 
- 1 drop (± 0.1 ml) Vanillin 25% in DPG
- Perfume bottle Florindo 50 ml
- Atomizer attachment black E5
- 8 x Pipette plastic 1 ml
- 2 x Pipette plastic 3 ml
Cut the riser to the correct length: when the atomizer attachment is screwed onto the bottle, it should fit loosely into the corner of the bottle. If it is too long, the closure can become loose. If this is too short, you cannot completely empty the bottle.
Fill perfume bottle Florindo about half with Cosmetic hair water, it does not come very precisely. Use a plastic 3 ml dropper for this, this is easier than a small funnel. Then add the other raw materials one after the other. Always use a new 1 ml pipette for this, except for the Glycerine. The latter is quite viscous, so a 3 ml pipette works a bit easier. Fill the pipette slowly to avoid the formation of air bubbles. Make sure that the pipettes are not mixed up, otherwise the cedramber might smell like sage and the patchouli oil smell like vanilla. Finally, top up the bottle with cosmetic hair water until it is nicely filled. Finish with the atomizer attachment.
Freshly made Aftershave Hexe Africa often smells a bit like alcohol, this alcohol smell diminishes after a few days and eventually disappears. It does not need to be preserved, because of the high percentage of alcohol it cannot mold. The effect of oxygen from the air, high temperature and too much (sun) light can cause the odour to deteriorate. Store it (like other aftershave) cool (not in the fridge), dry and dark in a tightly closed container. Usually the smell gets a little better after storage. It is usually at its best when it is 3-6 months old. If properly stored, it normally lasts at least a year, sometimes (much) longer.