Is this just a cheap ploy to make others fall in love with Aftelier Perfume’s Mandy Aftel as I have?
All signs point to yes!
As many of you know, I’ve been working through Mandy Aftels Level I Workbook, a home course in natural perfuming. I’m deep into the section where the student is charged with smelling from her collecting of essential oils and learning how to smell deeply. I’m beginning to think about it as recalibrating my nose.
Did you know that most peoples’ sense of smell gets worse as they age, but a perfumer’s sense of smell actually gets better? Maybe it’s like a crossword puzzle for the nose and the brain.
Anyway, I’m interested in sharing what I’m learning about perfume and scent and giving back, so this month, I’m starting my perfume and travel book giveaway feature of this website by holding a contest for a copy of natural perfumer Mandy Aftel’s classic tome on perfuming, Essence & Alchemy: A Natural History of Perfume.
Every obsessive has a book that started it all for them, the gateway drug into a world of exploration. This is the book that opened up the idea for me that I could learn more about scents, sniffing, and perfuming and that I could remake the world of smelling in my own way. Part primer on the how’s and why’s of natural perfuming and part rhapsodic treatise on the history of scent in society, it has just enough well-chosen anecdotes to feel definitive in the kind of prose that makes real readers swoon. A must read for all sniffaholics and scent hounds.
To participate in this giveaway, leave a comment in the comments section telling me what book opened up your particular obsession. I will choose a winner using a random number generator on Friday, February 21 at 10:00 a.m. PST.