Mandy Aftel is an award-winning author and perfumer, creating fragrances based in the quality and integrity of the ingredients, seeking out exotic, unusual essences from hidden corners of the world, collecting a comprehensive and strikingly beautiful all-natural palette to work from. As the founder of Aftelier Perfumes, she was listed as one of the top seven bespoke perfumers in the world by Forbes, and dubbed the “angel of alchemy” by Vanity Fair. Her artisanal line of all-natural perfumes includes 3 FiFi Finalists (the “Oscar” of the perfume world), and her line of Chef’s Essences is carried at Williams-Sonoma stores nationwide. Her work has been featured on CNN and in Vogue, In Style, Time, Gourmet, Bon Appetite, Food and Wine, W Magazine, Self, O (Oprah) Magazine, National Geographic, Allure, Elle, Bloomberg Business Week, and The Financial Times.
She has taught about perfume and aromatics at USC, UC Berkeley, Apple Inc. Design Team, New York University, Women in Flavors and Fragrance in Commerce, Culinary Institute of America at Greystone, James Beard Foundation, and the French Culinary Institute.
Mandy’s groundbreaking book Essence and Alchemy: A Natural History of Perfume was translated into seven languages, won the Sense of Smell Institute’s Richard B. Solomon Award, and helped pioneer the trend toward using natural perfume ingredients. The cookbook Aroma: The Magic of Essential Oils in Food (co-authored with Michelin-starred chef Daniel Patterson) focuses on the essential link between food and fragrance. Her highly-anticipated new book Fragrant: The Secret Life of Scent was released in October 2014.
2017 marks the fourth consecutive year of Mandy Aftel's participation as a judge at the Art and Olfaction Awards. She will judge the second round in the artisan and independent category.