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    An Interview with Mandy Aftel


    Mandy Aftel is a woman of many talents and achievements. She has written ?Essence and Alchemy- A Natural History Of Perfume? which is essential reading for the perfume enthusiast and contains fascinating insights into raw materials and perfume structures as well as excellent contextual history with wonderful historical illustrations. She has, among other things, written about Brian Jones, set up the Natural Perfumer?s Guild, and composed and launched her own line of liquid and solid natural perfumes under her Aftelier label. We spoke on the telephone across the ocean one Thursday, evening for me, lunch time for Mandy. I am especially grateful for her continued good humour when we spoke later than arranged due to my failure to properly check the time difference.

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    What a fun interview! It was Ms. Aftel's book Essence and Alchemy- A Natural History Of Perfume that I first read when I was playing around with essential oils. I can't remember for sure how I found out about her book. I don't think Basenotes.com was around at that time.

    Or maybe it was. Wasn't the first publication in 2001?

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    I think it was published around 2001...I lovelove love that book--it's what really started my interest in perfume. Mandy Aftel is teaching weekend class in perfume making January 16-18 in California (there's a thread about it in DIY)....wish I could go!

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    Just read the interview with Mandy Aftel.I think she is a genius.So simple-so complex.Brilliant!!!!!!!

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