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History, memories and emotion waft through Mandy Aftel's 'Fragrant'
History, memories and emotion waft through Mandy Aftel's 'Fragrant'

Perfume is both sacred and sensuous to the author and artisan who writes passionately about our emotional connection with scent and its powers of transcendence, From a fragrant atelier in Berkeley, Mandy Aftel creates small-batch, artisanal perfumes and thinks deeply about humanity's primal connections with scent. Like her Berkeley friend and neighbor Alice Waters, who believes in sourcing the best natural food ingredients, Aftel has long preached the gospel of natural perfumery and teaches workshops in which participants learn about essential oils and design their own perfumes. Aftel sells her fragrances with names such as Palimpsest and Lumiere at aftelier.com, and now in her...

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