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Aftel Archive of Curious Scents

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1518-1/2 Walnut Street Cottage at end of brick driveway, Berkeley, CA 94709-1513
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Paula B wrote a review Feb 2020
Santa Ana, California126 contributions31 helpful votes
While visiting family in Oakland, we decided to check out this place. First, I think the experience was overpriced...$20 for about 1 hour of smelling various things was a bit much. There are hundreds of things to smell, some familiar, some new, some very pleasant, others not, and some seemed to have no smell at all. But, I'm not sure what the point was of this experience. It is interesting that the woman whose collection it is spent so much of her life involved with scents and perfumes, but unless that is a passion of the visitors, I think it is a bit over-rated.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Response from mandyaftel, Owner at Aftel Archive of Curious Scents
Responded Feb 25, 2020
Dear Paula, We are sorry you were disappointed with your visit and have refunded your money. Sincerely, Mandy Aftel
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nicolemfoos wrote a review Dec 2019
Los Angeles, California8 contributions
This exquisite little gem of a place is a must for any perfume or scent enthusiast. It’s truly gorgeous and so much fun and informative! The vintage collections are such treasures and there was lots to learn (even though I already knew a fair amount). I so enjoyed all the scent experiences and could have played there all afternoon. Highly recommend!!
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Response from mandyaftel, Manager at Aftel Archive of Curious Scents
Responded Dec 30, 2019
Thank you so much, Nicole, for your wonderful visit and for taking the time to leave this glowing review! We really appreciate it! 🙏❤️
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Sightseer741795 wrote a review Mar 2019
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It is an interesting and educational place. I have been there before and am going a second time to take a friend.
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Date of experience: August 2018
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Response from mandyaftel, Owner at Aftel Archive of Curious Scents
Responded Mar 31, 2019
Thank you so much for your wonderful visit and for taking the time to write this nice review!
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Ccjello wrote a review Jan 2019
Waikiki, Hawaii40 contributions17 helpful votes
We decided to the visit Aftel Archive of Curious Scents upon a recommendation from the proprietor at Tail of the Yak (a fascinating must-visit boutique on Ashby Street in Berkeley) -- not quite sure what to expect. What a delightful surprise -- there is so much packed into a carefully curated small space, and much of it is hands on. You'll have an opportunity to play with various fragrances and flip through old books about fragrance. It was well worth the visit. Mandy stopped by during our visit and answered questions. Her enthusiasm and knowledge was apparent. I purchased a copy of Mandy Aftel's book Fragrant: The Secret Life of Scent -- while visiting the museum and breezed through it over the next few days. The adjacent garden, while not open to museum visitors, is a visual masterpiece easily viewed through the museum's windows. And you're spitting distance from the original Peet's coffee. Well worth a visit.
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Date of experience: May 2018
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Response from mandyaftel, Owner at Aftel Archive of Curious Scents
Responded Jan 28, 2019
Thanks so much for your thoughtful and generous review, it was so great to have you visit us!
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Brady B wrote a review Jun 2018
Novato, California24 contributions6 helpful votes
After succeeding in finding this little treasure in Berkeley, we felt a sense of adventure upon entering this architecturally sublime little treasure, filled with light and calm. The setting allows for minimal distraction from exploring the sense of scent. Lovingly curated by the Aftel family, scents are carefully exhibited, arranged by type, and accessible to smell or even take samples. Interesting exhibits and lots of surprising sources of favorite scents used in perfumes and through history. I recommend this for an hour of something different, calming, and memorable.
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Date of experience: June 2018
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Response from mandyaftel, Owner at Aftel Archive of Curious Scents
Responded Aug 18, 2018
Thank you very much for such a great review! You made our day!
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