Fragrance has the instantaneous and invisible power to penetrate consciousness with pure pleasure. Scent reaches us in ways that elude sight and sound but conjure imagination in all its sensuality, unsealing hidden worlds.
So begins Essence & Alchemy, Mandy Aftel’s 2001 tome. It (finally) arrived on Friday, and I dove in head-first; if the first chapter is any indication, I’m in for a real treat.
Do you have a favorite perfume book (or books) that you can’t live without?