In this new series of mini-interviews, I posed twenty questions to people in Perfumeland that I admire. The questions are very personal ones, the focus of this series is on the people behind the brands, not the products. I find it fascinating to know who made my favorite scents and to find out more about them. I’m very thankful to all who agreed to participate and to all of those who hopefully will in the future.
I’m honored to start this weekly series with a perfumer we all know and adore, the wonderful Mandy Aftel of Aftelier Perfumes.
Mandy is a natural perfumer based in Berkeley, California where she has her own perfume studio. There she creates her amazing fragrances, teaches perfumery courses and collaborates with famous chefs by creating her Chef’s Essences. Mandy is also an accomplished author who gave us the widely read Essence&Alchemy: A Book Of Perfume and several other works pertaining to scent and aroma. She is now in the process of writing another book about fragrance that is eagerly awaited by many.
Mandy’s perfumes have had a big influence on my fragrant journey, some of her perfumes are very important to me because they have a great emotive power, one breath is enough to transport me. Mandy gave me an appreciation of the complexity of natural perfumery and the sheer beauty of natural essences. In her studio she does more than merely mix essences, her sums are always more than the parts. She is a true alchemist.
Enjoy Mandy’s anwers:
A good day starts with… a pot of oolong tea
I’d never leave the house without… a beautiful handbag
I always feel good when… I’m around my husband
My favorite thing in the world is… my bed
The next thing I want to buy is… more tiaré (gardenia) absolute
The place I always come back to is… Oaxaca, Mexico
My personal style is… special pieces loved over many years that feel like me
My favorite perfume… the last one that I made
When I travel, I… am thrilled when the plane ride is over
To relax I need… to feel in integrity with my values
I like to gift people with… something that is particular and deeply knowing of them
When I have a bad day, I… take a bath
I find my inspiration… in the gorgeous essences I create with
Something I would never want to miss… a moment with my husband
My last mistake was… trusting people who turned out to be mean
In my fridge there is always… brussel sprouts
On my nightstand I keep… my ipad mini
The perfect weekend starts with… no plans
My role model is… Bob Dylan
Something I always want to be asked in questionnaires like this is… ???
I love that Mandy is a fan of handbags, tiaré and brussels sprouts! Thank you very much for your time, Mandy!
Now, dear reader, please tell me: Did you enjoy this post? Is this kind of interview something you’d like to see more of? Anything you want to ask Mandy? Is there a question you feel should be included in these questionnaires in the future?