cardiCast 92 – The Aftel Archive of Curious Scents, with Mandy Aftel

Clare Presser interviews museum owner, writer and perfumer, Mandy Aftel.

Nestled in Berkeley, California, the Aftel Archive of Curious Scents is a micro museum that offers a unique olfactory experience curated by Mandy Aftel, a renowned figure in natural perfumery.

With exhibits ranging from rare botanicals to ancient artifacts, the museum invites visitors to explore the rich history and artistry of perfume. Our conversation explores the challenges of running these community spaces, how rewarding they can be and whether best practice and best use always align.

In a world filled with noise and chaos, the Aftel Archive of Curious Scents offers a moment of tranquility and wonder—a testament to the enduring allure of fragrance.

Videos of the conversation where Mandy shows some of the objects from the Aftel Archive of Curious Scents

Mandy Aftel discussing the visitor experience – showing photos of the perfume organ, a fragrance wheel and scent strips
Mandy Aftel showing illustrations from her book ‘Musuem of Scent’
Mandy Aftel ilustrating Narcotic Florals with a fragrance wheel

If you would like to find out more:

The Aftel Archive of Curious Scents website
Mandy’s book ‘The Museum of Scent.

Recorded on unceded Wadawurrung and Ohlone country
Edited on unceded Wadawurrung country.

Theme Music by Professor Kliq – ‘Work at night’, sourced from Free Music Archive under a Creative Commons BY-NC-SA licence.