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The Fragrant Companion Kit

The Fragrant Companion Kit was created to allow you to “smell along” as you read about Fragrant’s main characters – cinnamon, mint, frankincense, ambergris, and jasmine. The cinnamon and mint essential oils are not for wearing, but can be used in food by diluting them. The frankincense resin can be rubbed between your fingers to release its fragrance, and along with the diluted ambergris and jasmine tinctures can be worn directly on your skin - layer them to create your own perfume.

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Reviews for Fragrant

Aftel writes passionately about scent… like an anthropologist jotting down field notes. She can breeze through centuries of history when discussing the spice trade, but can also zoom in on the 19th-century rivalry between mint growers in Michigan and New York. Aftel could be considered the scent world’s ­Alice Waters, borrowing customs from the French in that effortless yet mindful California way. — The New York Times Book Review

Mandy Aftel's seductive Fragrant plumbs the power of ancient and exotic smells to ignite desire, discovery, and transcendence. — Vanity Fair

Reading Mandy Aftel’s thoughtful and charmingly written Fragrant: The Secret Life of Scent, I was taken on a journey of intrigue and fascination that operated on all my senses. Who knew there was so much to learn about the human affection for smelling good? Or, indeed, for the adventure of smelling itself. — Alice Walker

Fall Books List:A perfumer by profession, Aftel offers a combination history-slash-recipe book-slash-meditation in Fragrant. Instructions for homemade ‘Coca-Cola’ and flower-infused chocolate, among other aromatic concoctions, are woven through scent-based sections: Cinnamon, Mint, Frankincense, Ambergris and Jasmine. — TIME

Fragrant is a thoughtful, beautifully written meditation on scent; I love that Mandy is both intrepid researcher and sensualist, with an innate gift for storytelling and an abiding curiosity in the provenance of her ingredients. This book vividly shows how the aromas of the natural world have the power to open the pathways to our minds, guiding and defining our traditions, our history and our future. — Alice Waters

In Fragrant, she distills that passion into an eloquent account of the forgotten stories of nature’s aromatic materials, the pleasure and meaning that they’ve given to people through the centuries, and simple ways of bringing those riches back into our own lives. — Harold McGee, New York Times columnist and bestselling author of On Food & Cooking

Check out Fragrant: The Secret Life of Scent by Mandy Aftel, sort of a Botany of Desire for scent. — Michael Pollan on Twitter

Aftel is more interested in the lineage of each essence, including its historical uses and anthropological resonances. Reading her book makes a person wearing perfume feel connected to every human in every era who has ever done so. Absent are the ambitious metaphors that compare fragrance notes to women, to airplanes, to films, to just about anything you can touch or taste or experience emotionally or have sex with. Bookforum

Aftel, a professional perfumer and fragrance historian, asserts that scent is essential to the human experience and uses the examples of five natural essences (cinnamon, mint, frankincense, ambergris, and jasmine) to investigate its history and uses... Aftel’s vast knowledge and passion for perfumery are on full display here, and her personal anecdotes read like an old friend sharing a cherished recipe. In fact, the end of each section includes fragrance recipes in a format suitable for home perfumers. Illustrations throughout add visual interest, and the introduction gives a concise and fascinating summary of basic techniques of perfumery. VERDICT: Targeted toward those new to the perfume world, this book is strongly recommended for casual readers interested in the basics of scent and perfumery. —Library Journal

This fall's most compelling tome of highbrow nonfiction by a Berkeley author was not written by someone named Michael. The book, Fragrant: The Secret Life of Scent, is an authoritatively voiced, utterly fascinating, fact-laden look into the surprisingly complex world of scent. It was written by Mandy Aftel, a Berkeley-based artisan perfumer who has been called "the Alice Waters of perfume." So step aside, Pollan and Lewis (at least for this season): You've got competition. — San Francisco Magazine

The history and mystery of the power of scent. Respected perfumer Aftel will greatly expand the knowledge of what readers think they know about fragrance as she chronicles the medicinal, culinary and spiritual uses of aromatics from antiquity to the present... by blending "distinct personalities…textures and shapes," the author doesn't merely create pleasant aromas; she opens an olfactory portal to the sensual and spiritual appetites that make us feel alive and in the moment, and these scents touch us far deeper than a department-store cologne. Aftel is a skillful storyteller, and the dreamy quality of her writing will transport readers as they come to understand that scent is "one of the most accessible yet irreducible experiences of magic that we have." Evocative, heady and overflowing with history and lore. — Kirkus Reviews

In this sensuous and profound exploration of the history, science, and art of perfume, expert perfumer Aftel (Essence and Alchemy) seduces readers with an sensualism that only intensifies as her stories unfold. "The nose is idiosyncratically central not only to our sense of smell but to our sense of who we are, in our most primal appetites," she writes. "For the idea of appetite pertains to... all the sensual and spiritual experiences that drive us, give us pleasure, make us feel more alive." The book is peppered with fascinating trivia, such as the Chinese practices of telling time with burning incense or a cat’s eyes. History and science are interspersed with recipes and tidbits (Deana Sidney’s jasmine-ambergris-chocolate drink, a 1920s list of butterfly fragrances) that entice readers to wake up their noses and perhaps engage in their own scent alchemy. b&w illus. throughout. — Publisher's Weekly, starred review

In Fragrant: The Secret Life of Scent, Mandy Aftel offers intriguing insight into world cultures through the history of five key scents - including why mint tea is a sign of hospitality in the Middle East, and how the Dutch policed the cinnamon black market in Ceylon. A kit with mint and cinnamon essences will accompany the book when it's out next month. — Food and Wine

Must-Read Books List: Mandy Aftel is an internationally known artisan perfumer, and in her latest book, she probes into the history of some of our most evocative scents, from cinnamon to jasmine. —Flavorwire

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