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To this most extraordinary treatise on the history and making of perfume, Aftel, a writer and aroma designer, brings sheer delight in the bouquet of aromas in the natural world, as well as a "love for arcana" and an irreverent sensibility that embraces "little-acknowledged" aphrodisiacs like the smell of sweat. Smell is one of the most primal senses: even newborns orient first toward the smell of their mothers' milk. And world history is full of the manipulation of smell, she reveals, starting with the palace perfumers of ancient Egypt; the Israelite women who concocted essences for temple sacrifices; the Romans, who anointed nearly everything; the alchemists, who searched for the Divine Essence; all the way up to modern pheromone researchers who hope, finally, "to snare the sex drive. After this seductive introduction, she shifts into the how-to mode, discussing the actual making of a scent, a process of selecting certain "base notes," adding "heart notes" and finally the "top chords. Aftel provides some sample formulas and concludes with a roundup of romantic, bathing and spiritual uses of perfumes.
Mandy Aftel born is an American perfumer. She is the owner and nose behind the natural perfume line Aftelier as well as the author of nine books, including four books on natural perfume and a cookbook on essential oils. Mandy Aftel was born in Detroit and attended the University of Michigan , where she studied English and psychology in college,  then earned a master's degree in counseling. Aftel began her career as a psychotherapist in Berkeley , with a practice focused on artists and writers. Aftel is also an author herself, publishing several books in the s and s including a biography of Brian Jones. She became interested in scent while working on a novel;  envisioning her protagonist would be a perfumer, Aftel began collecting rare books on perfume as part of her research, but ultimately wrote a book on the history of perfume instead.
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To say that Mandy Aftel took the world of natural perfumery by storm is hardly an overstatement. Little over a decade ago, while doing research for a novel, she found herself immersed in a collection of ancient perfume books. It was the start of a lifelong passion for natural essences: she put her literary ambitions on hold, and eventually established her very own perfume studio. Her current business, Aftelier , is a flourishing operation based in Berkeley, California. We take a closer look at her book Essence and Alchemy , which played a major role in the recent popularization of natural perfumery. Essence and Alchemy is a practical guide to natural perfumery, which makes it slightly different from the books we've discussed so far.