The 5 Most Important Scents in the World

Photos: Frankincense: © iStock/Dionisvero; Ambergris: Corbis; Mint: © iStock/Elpy; Jasmine: © iStock/Lenta; Cinnamon: © iStock/Popova Photo
By M. Elizabeth Sheldon Posted August 28, 2014

In Fragrant: The Secret Life of Scent, Mandy Aftel offers intriguing insight into world cultures through the history of five key scents.

In Fragrant: The Secret Life of Scent, Mandy Aftel offers intriguing insight into world cultures through the history of five key scents—including why mint tea is a sign of hospitality in the Middle East, and how the Dutch policed the cinnamon black market in Ceylon. A kit with mint and cinnamon essences will accompany the book when it’s out next month. aftelier.com.

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