Essence & Alchemy: A Book of Perfume – Mandy Aftel

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Wealthy Romans used to scent their doves to impress their friends and in ancient Jerusalem young women put myrrh and balsam in their shoes and “kicked their feet” at attractive gentlemen. “Essence and Alchemy” 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. Aftel tracks scent through the boudoir and the bath and into the sanctums of worship, offering insights into the relationship of scent to solitude, sex and soul. She also teaches us about the art of perfume making, including many of her own recipes.

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SKU: 9780747554097 Category: Title: Essence & Alchemy: A Book of Perfume
Author: Mandy Aftel
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Year: 2001
ISBN10: 0747554099
ISBN13: 9780747554097
Condition: Very Good
Format: Hardcover
Inventory No: 313

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Wealthy Romans used to scent their doves to impress their friends and in ancient Jerusalem young women put myrrh and balsam in their shoes and “kicked their feet” at attractive gentlemen. “Essence and Alchemy” 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. Aftel tracks scent through the boudoir and the bath and into the sanctums of worship, offering insights into the relationship of scent to solitude, sex and soul. She also teaches us about the art of perfume making, including many of her own recipes.

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Weight 0.46 kg
Dimensions 21.5 × 15 × 2.7 cm

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