Essence And Alchemy

Author: Mandy Aftel
Publisher: North Point Press
ISBN: 1429936126
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An artisan perfumer reveals a lost art and its mysterious, sensual history. For centuries, people have taken what seems to be an instinctive pleasure in rubbing scents into their skin. Perfume has helped them to pray, to heal, and to make love. And as long as there has been perfume, there have been perfumers, or rather the priests, shamans, and apothecaries who were their predecessors. Yet, in many ways, perfumery is a lost art, its creative and sensual possibilities eclipsed by the synthetic ingredients of which contemporary perfumes are composed, which have none of the subtlety and complexity of essences derived from natural substances, nor their lush histories. Essence and Alchemy resurrects 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 to whom today's perfumers owe a philosophical as well as a practical debt. Mandy Aftel tracks scent through the boudoir and the bath and into the sanctums of worship, offering insights on the relationship of scent to sex, solitude, and the soul. Along the way, she imparts instruction in the art of perfume compositions, complete with recipes, guiding the reader in a process of transformation of materials that continues to follow the alchemical dictum solve et coagula (dissolve and combine) and is itself aesthetically and spiritually transforming.

Essence And Alchemy

Author: Mandy Aftel
Publisher: Gibbs Smith Publishers
ISBN: 9781586857028
Size: 22.46 MB
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Renowned perfumer Mandy Aftel explores the primal nature and fundamental importance of aroma in everyday life, teaching people about the nature of smell and the idea of "olfactory consciousness" in Essence and Alchemy: A Natural History of Perfume.

Fragrant

Author: Mandy Aftel
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101614684
Size: 37.63 MB
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Winner of the 2016 Perfumed Plume Award The “Alice Waters of American natural perfume” (indieperfume.com) celebrates our most potent sense, through five rock stars of the fragrant world. Look out for Mandy Aftel's new book, The Art of Flavor, on sale in August! Mandy Aftel is widely acclaimed as a trailblazer in natural perfumery. Over two decades of sourcing the finest aromatic ingredients from all over the world and creating artisanal fragrances, she has been an evangelist for the transformative power of scent. In Fragrant, through five major players in the epic of aroma, she explores the profound connection between our sense of smell and the appetites that move us, give us pleasure, make us fully alive. Cinnamon, queen of the Spice Route, touches our hunger for the unknown, the exotic, the luxurious. Mint, homegrown the world over, speaks to our affinity for the familiar, the native, the authentic. Frankincense, an ancient incense ingredient, taps into our longing for transcendence, while ambergris embodies our unquenchable curiosity. And exquisite jasmine exemplifies our yearning for beauty, both evanescent and enduring. In addition to providing a riveting initiation into the history, natural history, and philosophy of scent, Fragrant imparts the essentials of scent literacy and includes recipes for easy-to-make fragrances and edible, drinkable, and useful concoctions that reveal the imaginative possibilities of creating with—and reveling in—aroma. Vintage line drawings make for a volume that will be a treasured gift as well as a great read.

Perfume

Author: Jean-Claude Ellena
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.
ISBN: 1628721707
Size: 75.43 MB
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To women the whole world over, perfume means glamour, and in the world of perfume, Jean-Claude Ellena is a superstar. In this one-of-a-kind book, the master himself takes you through the doors of his laboratory and explains the process of creating precious fragrances, revealing the key methods and recipes involved in this mysterious alchemy. Perfume is a cutthroat, secretive multibillion-dollar industry, and Ellena provides an insider’s tour, guiding us from initial inspiration through the mixing of essences and synthetic elements, to the deluxe packaging and marketing in elegant boutiques worldwide, and even the increasingly complicated safety standards that are set in motion for each bottle of perfume that is manufactured. He explains how the sense of smell works, using a palette of fragrant materials, and how he personally chooses and composes a perfume. He also reveals his unique way of creating a fragrance by playing with our olfactory memories in order to make the perfume seductive and desired by men and women the world over. Perfume illuminates the world of scent and manufactured desire by a perfumer who has had clients the likes of Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, Bulgari, and Hermés.

The Art Of Making Perfume

Author: Rebecca Park Totilo
Publisher:
ISBN: 9780982726419
Size: 74.92 MB
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With a ton of recipes and helpful hints on perfume making, you'll discover how to make homemade perfumes, body sprays, aftershave colognes, floral waters and much more using pure essential oils. Rebecca shares with you insider secrets from the beauty industry on how to develop your very own signature fragrance. Topics include: History of Perfumery The Ancient Art of Extracting Oils & Making Perfumes Easy-to-Follow Steps on Perfume Making Perfumes for Holistic Healing & Well-Being Perfumes Kids Can Make Perfume For Your Dog How to Start Your Own Perfume Business

Aroma

Author: Mandy Aftel
Publisher: Artisan Books
ISBN: 9781579652647
Size: 51.27 MB
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A great chef dips into a perfumer's pantry to create recipes of startling originality. This seminal work will open the senses to the aromatic dimension of food and fragrance. Includes more than 120 recipes.

Create Your Own Perfumes Using Essential Oils

Author: Christine Wildwood
Publisher: Not Applicable
ISBN: 9780749915339
Size: 26.67 MB
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The author presents profiles of the different essential oils, including their healing and mood enhancing properties, and gives advice on which blend well together. She also shows how to smell the oils properly and what equipment is needed to blend them.

The Art Of Flavor

Author: Daniel Patterson
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1594634300
Size: 79.71 MB
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Chef Daniel Patterson and natural perfumer Mandy Aftel are experts at orchestrating ingredients, and here they teach readers how to make the most of nature's palette. The Art of Flavor expands tools and concepts using a flavor 'compass' to find the way to transformative combinations of aromatic ingredients; pairing ingredients to make them 'bury' (control) one another and 'lock' (achieve an alchemy that transcends the sum of the parts); learning to deploy cooking methods for maximum effect; and the seven 'dials' that let you fine-tune a dish.

Scents And Sensibilities

Author: Mandy Aftel
Publisher: Gibbs Smith
ISBN: 9781423610786
Size: 20.92 MB
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Delve into the world of natural aromas and discover their profound effect on emotional well-being, from relieving stress to enhancing sensuality.