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(Essence and Alchemy: A Book of Perfume.pdf) An artisan perfumer reveals a lost art and its mysterious sensual history br For centuries people have taken what seems to be an instinctive pleasure in rubbing scents into their skin Perfume has helped them to pray to heal and to make love And as long as there has been perfume there have been perfumers or rather the priests shamans and apothecaries who were their predecessors Yet in many ways perfumery is a lost art its creative and sensual possibilities eclipsed by the synthetic ingredients of which contemporary perfumes are composed which have none of the subtlety and complexity of essences derived from natural substances nor their lush histories Essence and Alchemy resurrects the social and metaphysical legacy that is entwined with the evolution of perfumery from the dramas of the spice trade to the quests of the alchemists to whom today s perfumers owe a philosophical as well as a practical debt Mandy Aftel tracks scent through the boudoir and the bath and into the sanctums of worship offering insights on the relationship of scent to sex solitude and the soul Along the way she imparts instruction in the art of perfume compositions complete with recipes guiding the reader in a process of transformation of materials that continues to follow the alchemical dictum solve et coagula dissolve and combine and is itself aesthetically and spiritually transforming brDownload and Read Online books ePub/PDF/Audible/Kindle, its easy way to streaming Essence and Alchemy: A Book of Perfume books for multiple devices.