01 March 2011

Reading: Essence and Alchemy by Mandy Aftel

I just purchased Mandy Aftel's book, "Essence and Alchemy," and plan to read it before my Sunday trip to her perfume shop in Berkeley to smell and purchase more essences and absolutes.  I'm really intrigued and don't know quite what to expect, but her extensive collection of essences, including chef's essences used in many high end restaurants sounds like an amazing feast for the senses.


  1. Yes, she's such a fascinating individual. I just started reading the first chapter of her book and it's so jam-packed full of great information for anyone interested in parfumery. I can't wait to read the rest and to see her shop tomorrow. I'll update with photos on my new blog site...http://www.vetiverandrose.com.