Essence and Alchemy

Essence and Alchemy : A Book of Perfume

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Wealthy Romans used to scent their doves to impress their friends and in ancient Jerusalem young women put myrrh and balsam in their shoes and "kicked their feet" at attractive gentlemen. "Essence and Alchemy" looks at 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, offering insights into the relationship of scent to solitude, sex and soul. She also teaches us about the art of perfume making, including many of her own recipes.

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  • Hardback | 272 pages
  • 146 x 210 x 28mm | 521.64g
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • LondonUnited Kingdom
  • 0747554099
  • 9780747554097
  • 594,914

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About Mandy Aftel

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.

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