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ESSENCE AND ALCHEMY - A book of perfume


Verlag: North Point Press / Farrar, Straus and Giroux, New York, 2001
ISBN 10: 0865475539 / ISBN 13: 9780865475533
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Titel: ESSENCE AND ALCHEMY - A book of perfume

Verlag: North Point Press / Farrar, Straus and Giroux, New York

Erscheinungsdatum: 2001

Einband: Paperback

Zustand: Good condition

Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Cover in color

Auflage: 1st edition.


Designed by Abby Kagan. Contents: 1). The spirit of the alchemist. A natural history of perfume. 2). Prima materia: perfume basics. 3). The calculus of fixation: base notes. 4). Aromatic Stanzas: heart notes. 5). The sublime and the volatile: head notes. 6). An octave oart of composition. 7). Flacon de seduction: perfume and the boudoir. 8). Perfumed waters: the reverie of the bath. 9). Aromatics of the gods: perfume and the soul. Uncorrected proof. With supplies fot the beginning perfumer, notes, bibliography and index. 240 pag. Size: 20,5cmx13,5cm. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 030550

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Inhaltsangabe: An artisan perfumer reveals a lost art and its mysterious, sensual history.

For centuries, people have taken what seems to be an instinctive pleasure in rubbing scents into their skin. Perfume has helped them to pray, to heal, and to make love. And as long as there has been perfume, there have been perfumers, or rather the priests, shamans, and apothecaries who were their predecessors. Yet, in many ways, perfumery is a lost art, its creative and sensual possibilities eclipsed by the synthetic ingredients of which contemporary perfumes are composed, which have none of the subtlety and complexity of essences derived from natural substances, nor their lush histories. 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 to whom today's perfumers owe a philosophical as well as a practical debt. Mandy Aftel tracks scent through the boudoir and the bath and into the sanctums of worship, offering insights on the relationship of scent to sex, solitude, and the soul. Along the way, she imparts instruction in the art of perfume compositions, complete with recipes, guiding the reader in a process of transformation of materials that continues to follow the alchemical dictum solve et coagula (dissolve and combine) and is itself aesthetically and spiritually transforming.


"To this most extraordinary treatise on the history and making of perfume, Aftel... brings sheer delight in the bouquet of aromas in the natural world." --Publishers Weekly

"[A] compulsively readable compendium of perfume legend, lore, and instruction." --San Francisco Chronicle

For centuries people have taken instinctive pleasure in rubbing scents into their skin, using them to pray, to heal, and to make love and war. Yet in many ways perfumery, with its creative and sensual possibilities, is a lost art. In Essence and Alchemy, Mandy Aftel unearths a forgotten world of natural essences and its profound resonance with body, mind, and spirit.

Mandy Aftel is the founder of Aftelier Perfumes, through which she creates one-of-a-kind perfumes for individuals and businesses. She also has a line of ready-to-wear liquid and solid perfumes that can be found at her website at Ms. Aftel is the author of four other books.

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