Essence and Alchemy: A Book of Perfume

Essence and Alchemy: A Book of Perfume

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As long as there has been passion, there has been perfume. Wealthy Romans used to scent their doves while in Shakespeare's time, a woman in love would place a peeled apple into her armpit to saturate it with her scent and then present it to her lover. "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. Aftel tracks scent through the boudoir and the bath and into the sanctums of worship, and along the way teaches us the art of perfume-making, including many of her own recipes, offering insights on the relationship of scent to solitude, sex, and soul.

PRODUCT DETAILS :
ISBN : 9780747558019
BY (AUTHOR) Aftel, Mandy
PUBLISHER : Bloomsbury Publishing PLC PUBLICATION DATE : November 04, 2002
COUNTRY OF PUBLICATION : United Kingdom IMPRINT : Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
LANGUAGE : English AGE : General
PRODUCT FORM : Paperback / softback
DIMENSION : 198 mm x 129 mm
WEIGHT : 209 g

PRODUCT CATEGORY :
History & Archaeology
Lifestyle, Hobbies & Leisure
Society & Social Sciences
DESCRIPTION :
As long as there has been passion, there has been perfume. Wealthy Romans used to scent their doves while in Shakespeare's time, a woman in love would place a peeled apple into her armpit to saturate it with her scent and then present it to her lover. "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. Aftel tracks scent through the boudoir and the bath and into the sanctums of worship, and along the way teaches us the art of perfume-making, including many of her own recipes, offering insights on the relationship of scent to solitude, sex, and soul.

PRODUCT DETAILS :
ISBN : 9780747558019
BY (AUTHOR) Aftel, Mandy
PUBLISHER : Bloomsbury Publishing PLC PUBLICATION DATE : November 04, 2002
COUNTRY OF PUBLICATION : United Kingdom IMPRINT : Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
LANGUAGE : English AGE : General
PRODUCT FORM : Paperback / softback
DIMENSION : 198 mm x 129 mm
WEIGHT : 209 g

PRODUCT CATEGORY :
History & Archaeology
Lifestyle, Hobbies & Leisure
Society & Social Sciences