The lime trees were in bloom. But in the early morning only a faint fragrance drifted through the garden, an airy message, an aromatic echo of the dreams during the short summer night.

- Isak Dinesen

 

 

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The Alchemist's Life

SAN FRANCISCO Berkeley's Mandy Aftel creates scents for the stars Mandy Aftel's career as a natural perfumer was born 10 years ago ... Aftel's concoctions, which she sells at specialty boutiques... The perfumer keeps a book of recipes for her custom clients... Aftel keeps more than 200 natural essences sorted on .. Read more…

The Perfect Scent

International Herald Tribune SATURDAY, JUNE 25, 2005 These days, Grasse is benefiting from a recent trend toward more personalization in the perfume industry, which has led aficionados to forgo traditional retailers and seek more exclusive scents. Read more…

L'Arome Naturelle
A Pacific Grove perfumer taps the fragrance of organics.

PACIFIC GROVE, CA. Aurel's ingredients, essences distilled from flowers, leaves, resins, herbs and woods smell more vibrant and complex than aromas created in a lab. Aurel collects essences from different distillers all over the world, and can sniff out the difference between, say, Indian jasmine and Moroccan jasmine, and can tell if it has been picked in its prime: between 9pm and midnight, “when she’s pouring more of her soul into the distillation.” .... Read more...

Unnatural, Synthetic Scents and Why We Avoid Them

Former DJ awarded $10M in perfume allergy lawsuit DETROIT (AP) — A jury awarded $10.6 million to one-time radio host who was fired after complaining a co-worker's perfume made her sick. Erin Weber said WYCD-FM fired her in 2001 after she complained she was allergic to another host's perfume. Read more ..

Musks in Fragrances May Weaken Immune System, Study Says FRIDAY, Jan. 10 (HealthDayNews) -- Synthetic musks that are widely used as fragrances in products such as soaps, cosmetics and detergents may reduce the body's ability to defend against toxic compounds, says a study in the January issue of Environmental Health Perspectives. About 8,000 metric tons of synthetic musks are produced worldwide each year…. Read more…

BFAD asked to ban harmful perfumes MANILA. An administration congressman yesterday asked the Bureau of Food and Drugs (BFAD) to study a proposal to temporarily ban the sale and distribution in the local market of imported designer perfumes containing substances that could damage the brain and cause sterility in men… Read more…

It's just a squirt of scent to you, but for others it is hell. SCOTLAND: June 15, 2005 Now with new awareness of perfume allergy, Scots sufferers are hoping a change in the law will help… Read more…

Perfume's toxic spritz? International Herald Tribune THURSDAY, APRIL 28, 2005 When a small Dutch laboratory announced in February that it had measured high levels of chemicals potentially harmful to human health in some of the world's most popular perfumes, the results were meant to inflame. And they did. ... Read more…

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