Essence and Alchemy : A Book of Perfume
From earliest times, people have taken what seems to be an instinctive pleasure in rubbing their skin with scented material derived from bark, leaves, flowers, and grasses. Ethereal, almost intangible, yet unequaled in its capacity to evoke our deepest emotions, perfume has helped us to pray, to heal, and to make love. And as long as there has been perfume, there have been perfumers, or rather the priests, alchemists, and apothecaries who first discovered the powers that are unleashed when essences are combined. Yet to a great extent, perfumery is a lost art, its creative and sensual promise eclipsed by the synthetic ingredients of which contemporary perfumes are largely composed - chemicals that have none of the subtlety and complexity of essences derived from natural substances, nor their lush histories.
- 132.08 x 203.2 x 22.86mm | 317.51g
- 01 May 2002
- North Point Press