Thursday, January 8, 7:00 p.m.
Fragrant: The Secret Life of Scent
The “Alice Waters of American natural perfume” celebrates our most potent sense, through five rock stars of the Fragrant world.
Mandy Aftel is a world-renowned artisan perfumer and a wizard with aromatic essences. Vanity Fair has called her the “Angel of Alchemy,” Vogue has praised her as “one of the fragrance industry’s most creative thinkers, not to mention one of its most prolific talents,” and Forbes has named her one of the top bespoke perfumers in the world.
Aftel scours the world for the most exquisite ingredients and has developed scents for celebrities like David Lynch and Leonard Cohen. Her edible essences have been used at Michelin-starred restaurants like Jean-Georges and Blue Hill, and her unique expertise brings extraordinary projects her way, like recreating the perfume with which an Egyptian mummy was entombed. The “Mother of Natural Perfumery,” she pioneered and passionately advocates for working with natural materials, in a world dominated by mass-produced, synthetic aroma.
Telling the story of scent through five stars of the Fragrant world—cinnamon, mint, frankincense, ambergris, and jasmine—Aftel blends history, culture, science, poetry and philosophy with essentials of scent literacy. Laced with astonishing anecdotes and electrifying details (the Chinese cat clock!) and supplemented with recipes for easy-to-make fragrances and edible and drinkable concoctions, Fragrant is pure delight to read on every page. The epigraph reads “Aesthetics cures us of anesthesia. It awakens us.” (philosopher Michel Serres); we invite you to have your own senses awakened by Aftel’s fascinating, impassioned, and evocative work. Join the event on Facebook!
Location: Street: 1010 El Camino Real City: Menlo Park, Province: California Postal Code: 94025-4349 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)