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Essence and Alchemy [Paperback]

Mandy Aftel
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24 Dec 2004
As long as there has been passion, there has been perfume. Wealthy Romans used to scent their doves while in Shakespeare's time, a woman in love would place a peeled apple into her armpit to saturate it with her scent and then present it to her lover. "Essence and Alchemy" resurrects the social and metaphysical legacy that is entwined with the evolution of perfumery, from the dramas of the spice trade to the quests of the alchemists. Aftel tracks scent through the boudoir and the bath and into the sanctums of worship, and along the way teaches us the art of perfume-making, including many of her own recipes, offering insights on the relationship of scent to solitude, sex, and soul.
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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Gibbs M. Smith Inc (24 Dec 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1586857029
  • ISBN-13: 978-1586857028
  • Product Dimensions: 19.1 x 14.3 x 1.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,036 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Probably the ultimate Christmas present for the modern aesthete" -- Evening Standard --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Mandy Aftel is the founder of Aftelier, through which she creates one-of-a-kind perfumes for individuals and private labels. She is also a counselor who specializes in working with artists and writers. She is the author of three previous books, most recently THE STORY OF YOUR LIFE. She lives in Berkeley, California. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
Cosidering the book is quite in depth in outlining the history of perfume its practical and very readable .Attention to all details have been provide regarding essential oils throughout history to the present including discussion on synthetic and consumer perfumes plus various recepies to produce your own natural perfumes.Throughout each chapter there are fantastic illustrations of period engravings and tales about the magic of perfume.To date the best book on essences and perfume I have read.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
This book is brilliant - it magically captures the science, history, scents and tradition of perfume. It also gives suppliers and suggested basic recipes. This is a must for anyone interested in aromatherapy or creating their own scents.
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5.0 out of 5 stars very fast reading :) 24 Nov 2010
The fastest reading in last years - I really liked it. It gives basic understanding about composition of perfume, how to work on it, also some historical and antropological insights why perfumery is so special and even magic.

I reccomend it for everyone starting to understand perfumery.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Informing, inspiring and delicately written. 13 April 2011
This is a poetic, informative book on the history of perfume. It touches on various philosophical aspects in order to describe the nature of scent and provides an introduction to creating your own perfume. Easy reading, difficult to put down and full of infectious enthusiasm, this book will make you want to embark on creating your own perfumes imediately! Even if you have no intention of creating perfumes (which you may well have by the time you finish this book), Mandy Aftels Essence and Alchemy is an entertaining, inspiring and educational read.
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