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The a€œAlice Waters of American natural perfumea€ ( celebrates our most potent sense, through five rock stars of the fragrant world. 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 witha€”and reveling ina€”aroma. Vintage line drawings make for a volume that will be a treasured gift as well as a great read.a€œTherea#39;s an achingpoetry in thingsa€:Robyn Griggs Lawrence, The WabiSabi House: The Japanese Artof Imperfect Beauty (New ... a€œa modern city without steeland glassa€: Alessandra Codinha, a€œTalking Scents with Francis Kurkdjian, a€ Intothe Gloss, Jan.3, 2013, ... Oscar Wilde, a€œThe House Beautiful, a€ in Tweed Conrad, ed., Oscar Wildein Quotation (Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2006), chap. 33 , a€œHome Decor.

Author:Mandy Aftel
Publisher:Penguin - 2014-10-16


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