Scents & Sensibilities: Creating Solid Perfumes for Well-Being

Scents & Sensibilities: Creating Solid Perfumes for Well-Being
By Mandy Aftel

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Product Description

Delve into the world of natural aromas and discover their profound effect on emotional well-being, from relieving stress to enhancing sensuality. Renowned perfumer Mandy Aftel shares everything you need to know to create personalized handmade solid perfumes. Aftel has created custom scents for top celebrities like Kate Hudson and Madonna, and has been featured in magazines such as Vogue, O and Vanity Fair. She explains the science of "top," "middle," and "base" notes, and discusses the subtleties of fragrances that will unlock the secrets to finding the perfect perfume for every individual.


Step-by-step instructions along with helpful photographs make this book simple and easy to use, and explain basic equipment necessary for getting started, such as beeswax, a hot plate, and a grater. Aftel also tells how to pick the right containers to store scents, from vintage boxes to jars.


"Smelling her extraordinary collection of oils took me to beautiful places…the fragrance that Aftel blended exclusively for me is full of citrus and herbal fragrances that complement my culinary life."

-Alice Waters, owner of Chez Panisse restaurant in Berkeley.



Mandy Aftel is the founder of Aftelier, through which she creates one-of-a-kind perfumes for individuals and private labels. Ms. Aftel is also a counselor and the author of three previous books, including Essence and Alchemy. She lives in Berkeley, California. Her website can be found at www.aftelier.com.


Product Details

  • Amazon Sales Rank: #558881 in eBooks
  • Published on: 2005-06-07
  • Released on: 2005-06-07
  • Format: Kindle eBook

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$12.95 U.S. Delve into the world of natural perfume and discover how different scents can have a profound effect on your emotions, from relieving stress to enhancing sensuality. In Scents and Sensibilities, author Mandy Aftel teaches you everything you need to know to create your own handmade solid perfumes. Essential oils, concretes, and absolutes are combined to create aromas that enhance well being. Ingredients such as bitter orange, juniper berry, pink grapefruit, lavender, nutmeg, vanilla, sandalwood, and rose can create the perfect perfume for different moods. The book includes step-by-step instructions, photographs, lists of equipment, and types of containers. Scents and Sensibilities gives you the information, know-how, and recipes to bring tranquility, sensuality, and refreshment into your life. Mandy Aftel is the founder of Aftelier, through which she creates one-of-a-kind perfumes for individuals and private labels. Her work has been featured in such magazines as Vogue and Allure. Ms. Aftel is also a counselor and the author of four previous books, including Essence and Alchemy: A Natural History of Perfume. She lives in Berkeley, California. Her website can be found at www.aftelier.com.

About the Author
Writer and perfumer Mandy Aftel was a founder and chief perfumer of all-natural perfume company Grandiflorum, and went on to create Aftelier, a company that concentrates exclusively on creating custom perfumes for men and women. As an authority on natural essences and custom perfumes, she has participated in panels for the perfume industry, and demonstrated and taught the art of natural perfumery across the nation. Her work has been featured in publications including In Style, Vogue, W Magazine, Self, O (Oprah) Magazine, Allure, Health, and Elle. Her website can be found at www.aftelier.com.

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People have used solid perfumes to soothe the psyche, entice a lover, transform an intimate environment, enliven the spirit and recall a precious memory. Solid perfume, a portable form of perfume, can be transported easily; even secretly carried on the body in a pendant, charm or ring. One of the ingenious aspects of solid perfumes is that you can keep it close at hand take it with you without worrying about it spilling. It is easy to carry in a handbag, briefcase, or backpack.
Oil based perfume is combined with melted wax and then poured into a container where it solidifies. The perfume's salve-like texture invites you to run your fingers across it. The experience of applying it is earthy and sensual, an sensation completely different from spraying a cologne or dabbing a liquid perfume. Often housed in small and beautiful containers that grow more precious and treasured with use. It has a long history of bringing well-being, comfort, protection, allure and pleasure to people. Much like an early form of aromatherapy in Ancient Egypt, solid perfumes were used for treatment as well as pleasure.
Because of its portability, it is easily incorporated into your life to soothe you in situations where you are stressed or anxious. Smoothing solid perfume on your skin immediately brings you pleasure and a sense of well-being that is both soothing and pampering. It will scent only you, not the environment around you. Applying solid perfume is a discrete, quiet pleasureful ritual in your life: the sensuality of rubbing your fingers across it, the pleasure of smelling and applying the fragrance. The feeling in the hand of the beautiful container increases one's sense of individuality and pleasure. When you have used up the perfume, instead of throwing the case away, as is done with most cosmetics, you can simply refill it with a new perfume. Then your attachment is not only to the perfume but to the case as well.


Customer Reviews

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0 of 0 people found the following review helpful.
3Its alright
By SweetAndSalty
Mandys other book is a 5 star read, but this book is sub par. Basic information that can be found very easily online and as an experienced perfumer I found absolutely nothing new. If you're completely new to natural perfumes and have no idea how to make a solid perfume, then you may find this book helpful. I gave it 3 stars because it may have value to a newbie. One thing I must mention, if you're a newbie and have only a small collection of the basic essential oils and absolutes, you'll be happy, as the ingredients used are few, and each recipe can be tweaked. In other words, you don't need a massive collection of eos and abs to complete these recipes.

0 of 0 people found the following review helpful.
3Fine, but very brief
By ChimChim
This is a very small book. It's 93 pages (not counting a list of merchants in the back), with large margins, fairly large print, lots of large illustrations, and the pages are only about 5 or 5 and a half inches square. It's sort of like a novelty child-sized coffee table art book.

The content is fine, and the book was priced inexpensively, but I wish I had realized just how small and brief this book was. I read it in one short sitting, and though I consider myself a beginner where natural perfumery is concerned, pretty much everything in this book I had already found online. There is a section on the history of solid perfume which is ridiculously brief.

That said, there's certainly nothing wrong with the book's contents or the quality of the editing and binding, and I will check out Mandy Aftel's other books in hopes of getting a more substantial meal. And it's my fault that I didn't pay attention to the info on dimensions, page count, etc. that Amazon provides. But I think this just should have been published as a pamphlet or an e-book. If you literally know nothing about perfumes and are averse to using the internet, this book will be good for you.

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful.
3Cute book but...
By AuntieB
This is a cute little book but I was hoping for some great perfume recipes. I wish someone would make a book that has nothing but recipes and instrucitons in it. This is the third book I have bought in hopes of it being a recipe book. I'm glad I didn't spend a lot of money on it. If anyone knows of any books that are full of great perfume recipes please share!!

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