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Essence and alchemy

“In a bouquet of mixed roses, most people can distinguish at a glance the delicacy of a tea rose from the voluptuousness of a cabbage rose, but how many could so readily differentiate between the tea rose’s scent of freshly harvested tea and the spicy, honeylike, rich floral scent of the cabbage?”
– Mandy Aftel, Essence & Alchemy (Bloomsbury, 2001)