Fundamentals of Fragrance Chemistry

Fundamentals of Fragrance Chemistry

The Fundamentals of Fragrance Chemistry
The Fundamentals of Fragrance Chemistry

If you are fascinated about the science of modern day perfumery, Charles S. Sell has the ideal guidebook for you. It’s called “Fundamentals of Fragrance Chemisty” and is comprehensively teaches all of the fundamentals of fragrance chemistry.

The book begins by covering the structure of matter in order to show how its building blocks are held together. Next, it explains hydrocarbons and heteroatoms, along with the three states of matter and how each can be converted into another. What’s wonderful about the text is that you don’t have to be a science major to follow Sell’s theories and instruction. He then outlines separation and purification of materials. Other chapters examine acid/base reactions, oxidation and reduction reactions, perfume structure, the mechanism of olfaction, natural and synthetic ingredients, and much more.

Ernst Beaux, the perfumer who created Chanel 5 once said, “One has to rely on chemists to find new aroma chemicals creating new, original notes. In perfumery, the future lies primarily in the hands of chemists.” Beaux is credited with kick-starting a global trend to synthetic notes made famous in No. 5. This book covers everything you need to know to design a fragrance. It gives you an insider view as to what happens inside perfume labs. You learn why some fragrances are long-lasting and some are not.

The Fundamentals of Fragrance Chemistry
The Fundamentals of Fragrance Chemistry

Towards the end of the book you’ll even get a peek at future trends in perfumery along with the importance of sustainability and quality management. It’s an informative and comprehensive book for any aspiring perfumer.

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  • Daniela Sborlini
    July 16, 2023 at 11:27 pm

    Sounds really interesting

  • Linda L
    July 16, 2023 at 7:49 am

    Aspring perfumers take note…this one’s for you!

  • September Dee
    July 14, 2023 at 10:53 am

    Sounds like a another good read.

  • Somia
    July 14, 2023 at 10:19 am

    This sounds very interesting. Love learnijg about all this stuff and what goes into my favourite scents

    July 14, 2023 at 8:15 am

    Sounds like a wonderful book

  • Trisha Pedros
    July 14, 2023 at 7:20 am

    Ooh sounds interesting. Will need to add this one to my reading list! Thank you!