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MCD Member Event: Berkeley Aftel Archive of Curious Scents

May 21 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Berkeley Rose Garden and Aftelier Tour


Meet MCD in Berkeley, as we continue to explore the wide world of scents. Starting at the Berkeley Rose Garden with the immersive fragrances of 1,500 rose bushes in full bloom and continuing to the Aftel Archive of Curious Scents!

This event is in celebration of MCD’s current exhibition, Living With Scents, which showcases 40 innovative designers whose work activates new sensory and olfactory experiences. We’ll begin by gathering for morning coffee and pastries in the Rose Garden, followed by a brief ¾ mile walk (15 minutes) to Aftelier Perfumes. Founded by Mandy Aftel, her global collection includes one-of-a-kind artifacts, century-old books, and over 200 natural fragrances derived from fruits, flowers, trees, grasses, and resins. We will have the chance to smell natural essences, see and touch raw ingredients and other curiosities, learn the histories of scents and perfumes, and explore the outdoor Garden Annex. Join us for this interactive experience!


The Aftel Archive of Curious Scents is a singular natural perfume museum in Berkeley. Conceived of by Mandy Aftel, artisanal perfumer, collector, and author, the archive houses treasures and elemental fragrances that engage the senses and exemplifies Aftel’s years-long dedication to her craft. The collection and experience guides visitors through deconstructing the components of perfumery while celebrating its lasting allure.

Aftel’s Archive has been featured in The New York Times, Vogue Magazine, Goop, and Louis Vuitton City Guide


*This event is currently sold out. To be placed on the waiting list, please e-mail hboman@sfmcd.org

Cost: $40 MCD Members, $55 Non-Members. Space is limited, and reservations are required.
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Above Image Credit: New York Times Style Magazine, Inside the Aftel Archive of Curious Scents, Photo by Aya Brackettt.


May 21
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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2569 Third Street
San Francisco, CA 95051 United States


Hands open holding mouthblown glass, natural and colored objects, seasponge, wax and natural perfume oils

Living with Scents

February 12–June 5, 2022

This exhibition will feature about 40 of these designers and artists from all over the world whose work reflects and participates in the growing culturalization of all things olfactory.

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