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Publishers Weekly called this distinct title an "amazing writing on the history as well as making of perfume" as well as hails writer Mandy Aftel's ability to "bring sheer enjoy the arrangement of scents in the natural world" and her "irreverent perceptiveness that embraces 'little-acknowledged' aphrodisiacs like the odor of sweat."
Distinguished perfumer Mandy Aftel explores the primitive nature and fundamental significance of fragrance in everyday life, showing people about the nature of scent and also the idea of "olfactory consciousness" essentially as well as Alchemy: A Natural History of Perfume. With stunning images, the book additionally acts as a practical overview to making customized fragrances for a selection of uses, as well as clarifies the process of picking "base notes", "heart notes" and also "head notes" to develop truly personal aromas and also fragrances.
Writer as well as perfumer Mandy Aftel was a founder as well as principal perfumer of natural fragrance firm Grandiflorum, and went on to produce Aftelier, a company that concentrates exclusively on creating custom-made perfumes for men and women. As an authority on natural significances and also customized fragrances, she has actually participated in panels for the fragrance sector, and showed as well as taught the art of natural perfumery across the nation. Her job has actually been featured in publications including In Style, Vogue, W Magazine, Self, O (Oprah) Magazine, Allure, Health as well as Elle.
" Smelling her remarkable collection of oils took me to attractive locations I have actually never been in the past. The fragrance that Mandy Aftel blended exclusively for me has plenty of citrus and herbal scents that enhance my culinary life."– Alice Waters, Executive Chef and also Owner commemorated dining establishment Chez Panisse
" Reading Mandy Aftel on perfume resembles listening to Mozart on original instruments-it's a discovery of tone as well as strategy. She records the sensuous satisfaction of working with scent oils as well as the intellectual pleasure of making up in scent. Her book incorporates a perfumer's perceptiveness with the authority of a chronicler and also the interest of an enthusiast."– Avery Gilbert, President of the Sense of Smell Institute
- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Gibbs Smith; 42247th edition (October 6, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1586857029
- ISBN-13: 978-1586857028
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.6 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.2 ounces