Mandy Aftel is an internationally known artisan perfumer and educator on natural fragrance and flavor.  She was born and educated in Michigan and has been living in Berkeley, California since 1970. She is the author of eight books, most recently with Chef Daniel Patterson The Art of Flavor: Practices and Principles for Creating Delicious Food, as well as the seminal Essence and Alchemy.

She is the owner of Aftelier Perfumes and the Aftel Archive of Curious Scents in Berkeley, California. The Archive is the first museum in the United States dedicated to the experience of fragrance, including her collection of one of a kind antique artifacts. She is the Founding Advisor of The Institute for Art and Olfaction.

2018 marks the fifth consecutive year of Mandy Aftel's participation as a judge at the Art and Olfaction Awards. Past judging includes the finals round of the artisan and independent awards. In 2018, she will serve as a special judge in a three person panel for the Aftel Award for Handmade Perfume.