The Chemistry of Fragrances

Topics: Perfume, Odor, Aroma compound Pages: 532 (101032 words) Published: February 20, 2013
The Chemistry of Fragrances
From Perfumer to Consumer
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The Chemistry of
From Perfumer to Consumer
2nd Edition

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ISBN-10: 0-85404-824-3
ISBN-13: 978-0-85404-824-3
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Chemistry is defined as the study of the properties of substances and their interactions with each other. It is easy to see how the word has also developed a colloquial meaning related to the effect of animate, inanimate and abstract entities on humans. So in a phrase such as ‘the chemistry is right’, the word takes on almost the meaning of ‘magic’. Chemistry, in both senses of the word, is central to perfumery. A modern perfumery company will house specialists in all branches of chemistry from physical chemists through analysts and synthetic organic chemists to biochemists. Indeed, the spectrum of skills will range right across into biological fields such as toxicology and sensory and behavioural sciences. All of these specialists work together with perfumers, accountants, marketers and salespeople. No one skill is sufficient to meet the needs of the business and all must pull together as a team. The sensory scientists and marketers are particularly aware of the other sense of ‘chemistry’ in fragrance since they study and use the hedonic effects of perfume in designing the right fragrance to support each individual consumer product. Our primary aim in this book is to show the use of...
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