Aftelier, Cepes and Tuberose
With her new book, Fragrant: The Secret Life of Scent, artisan perfumer Mandy Aftel again reaches into her wealth of knowledge to further celebrate our sense of smell. Aftel is an icon in the world of natural fragrance, her 2001 book Essence and Alchemy being a primer for both scent makers and wearers alike into the art and science of natural fragrance.
Aftel hand-blends her creations from a vast collection of scents, "assembled over the years," she says, "from hidden corners of the world. Finding these essences is a quest that I enjoy as much as the act of creating with them.”
While many of the fragrances at Aftelier, typical with natural producers, are unisex, some waft decidedly toward one gender or the other. Her Cepes and Tuberose, for instance, will certainly fall in the man’s court. Wild porcini mushrooms lay down an earthy, animal welcome to Italian Tuberose. Rich but subtle, in no way intrusive, the result is downright appetizing.
[Starting at $50; afterlier.com]