Essence and Alchemy: A Book of Perfume

Essence and Alchemy: A Book of Perfume

Paperback

By (author) Mandy Aftel

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  • Publisher: North Point Press
  • Format: Paperback | 256 pages
  • Dimensions: 132mm x 203mm x 23mm | 318g
  • Publication date: 1 May 2002
  • ISBN 10: 0865476438
  • ISBN 13: 9780865476431

Product description

For centuries, people have taken what seems to be an instinctive pleasure in rubbing scents into their skin, and using them to pray, to heal, and to make love. Yet in many ways perfumery is a lost art, its creative and sensual possibilities eclipsed by the dominance of synthetic ingredients. In Essence and Alchemy , winner of the Sense of Smell Institute's Richard B. Solomon Award, Mandy Aftel unearths a forgotten world in which scent was celebrated by poets, contemplated by philosophers, and universally appreciated for its profound resonance with body, mind, and soul. And she seduces the adventurous into experiencing firsthand the pleasures of working with natural essences.

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