Essence and Alchemy: A Natural History of Perfume

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9781586857028: Essence and Alchemy: A Natural History of Perfume

Book by Aftel Mandy

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"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 www.aftelier.com. Ms. Aftel is the author of four other books.

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Introduction Chapter 1 The Spirit of the Alchemist: A Natural History of Perfume Chapter 2 Prima Materia: Perfume Basics Chapter 3 The Calculus of Fixation: Base Notes Chapter 4 Aromatic Stanzas: Heart Notes Chapter 5 The Sublime and the Volatile: Head Notes Chapter 6 An Octave of Odors: The Art of Composition Chapter 7 Flacon de Seduction: Perfume and the Boudoir Chapter 8 Perfumed Waters: The Reverie of the Bath Chapter 9 Aromatics of the Gods: Perfume and the Soul Supplies for the Beginning Perfumer Notes Bibliography Acknowledgments Index

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