I stopped reading after several chapters. Those were the best parts of the book. As is the long history of fragrance in human society. And even if you have just a regular average relationship with your nose you will still love it. This book just being on perfume, generally, doesn't seem to have been doing the author favors, focuswise. Through years of searching I have amassed a comprehensive and strikingly beautiful palette from which to work. And even if you have just a regular average relationship with your nose you will still love it.
A completely responsible purchase for the budding chemist or a recovering wet photographer such as myself , I highly recommend this book, as Aftel gives you all the notes, tips, and inspiration needed to create your own natural perfume. Yet in many ways perfumery is a lost art, its creative and sensual possibilities eclipsed by the dominance of synthetic ingredients. If you do purchase this one for someone, make sure they have a wallet and a job to go w What a delightful and fascinating read. My artistry with natural perfumery was the subject of the exhibit, Constructing Perfume: Scent, Space, Color at 3A Gallery in San Francisco, which included architectural renderings of my fragrances, and an interactive experience of viewers matching color chips to scents. I have to admit I lost interest.
. I suppose that might have been a hint that it would have been a little, how shall I put it — new agey and kooky? I create each of my perfumes from the comprehensive collection of strikingly beautiful natural essences that I have assembled over the years from hidden corners of the world. I was so impressed with this book. As an artist, this is something I really connected with and appreciated. When Mandy waxes lyrical about perfume in general she goes all airy-fairy and loses me. Normally if I enjoy a book, I devour it in a few days, this book lost my interest from the beginning.
Glad I just checked it out of the library instead of buying it! For someone genuinely interested in taking their first steps into creating their own fragrances, only chapters 3-6 are necessary. Instead, dense and engagingly written text, lightened and deepened by beautiful line drawings — which are actually so much more satisfying for this reader than the usual photographer and bottles of perfume artfully arranged number. 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. Even some of the jumbo-jumbo stuff about alchemy is kind of interesting. For the author, creating scent is an art form and for many artists, creating their art is a very personal, spiritual practice.
Perfume has helped them to pray, to heal, and to make love. I know I was just starting to learn about aromatherapy and perfuming, and I was looking for some kind of how-to book to create scents. Please upgrade this in the next printing. Now, what I do like are things that smell good and are subtle. Although synthetics approximate the odors of natural ingredients, they have none of the complexity, mystery or emotional depth. Nach den vielen, vielen Wiederholungen werde ich jedenfalls nicht mehr so schnell vergessen, dass Frau Aftel natürliche Essenzen synthetischen Duftstoffen vorzieht oder dass die Parfümeurskunst sehr viel mit Intuition zu tun hat. I like thinking about an everyday thing in a new way or understanding how something works and why.
Mandy Aftel resurrects the rich legacy that is entwined with the evolution of perfumery, from the dramas of the spice trade to the quests of the alchemists. There are recipes, but they are either skewed to her preferences -- and she seems to be overly fond of floral and sweet scents-- or contain ingredients that are unlikely to be within the budget or accessibility of a hobbyist. Mandy Aftel is the founder of Aftelier Perfumes, through which she creates one-of-a-kind perfumes for individuals and businesses. When you ask around in Facebook fragrance-related groups for other people who make their own scents, as I plan to start doing quite soon, this is always the first book that everyone recommends. I'd highly recommend this book to any one with an interest in this subject. Sie beschreibt anschaulich und in einfachen Begriffen die Grundlagen. The text is pretty evenly split between technical details and explanations of scents and how to combine them, and sudden delvings into such topics as religion, love and sexuality, society, and economy - and their relationships to scents and perfumes.
I appreciated and enjoyed her passion for perfume and her strongly held opinions on it, though I may not agree I am fine with synthetic scents. But the way the information jumps around! 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. But it does give you great insight into deconstructing the fragrance you wear. This book 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. I hand-blend and bottle all my products in small batches in my Berkeley, California studio, and personally attend to every detail of the process in creating every product. So my dream of becoming a hobby perfume maker is no more.
Other than it, she does tell you her perfume making process and recommendations for how to train your nose to appreciate scent. The author has a lovely writing style, sensuous and descriptive, although she comes off a little assumptive in a few spots. Some might find her writing style inspirational due to her frequent use of metaphor and grandiosity. Plowed through this one while living in a big city, one that did not smell half as good as the thoughts in this wonderful little read. No, everyone does not like rose or ylang-ylang and everyone does not like sweet powdery finishes. My three other books are The Story of Your Life: Becoming the Author of Your Experience, When Talk is Not Cheap and Death of a Rolling Stone: The Brian Jones Story. But I'm glad I slogged through to the parts where she's really talking about what she really does.
Wealthy Romans used to scent their doves while in Shakespeare's time, a woman in love would place a peeled apple into her armpit to saturate it with her scent and then present it to her lover. Interesting book, although the constant references to alchemy, change and magic become tiresome after the first few pages; so tiresome that i'm giving this a mere two stars or ok if you need a translation. If you are buying this to get concrete ideas on how to create essential oil perfume, you're wasting your time. In order to properly review colognes and perfumes, I had to literally educate myself regarding essential oils, Top tones, Mid tones, and Bass tones. Her book is far from a leaf through, light on substance pretty picture coffee table book. If you're doing research in metaphysics, religion, botany, pharmacology, sexuality or olfactory-related biology, you'd most likely benefit from looking over her bibliography.