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Perfumes and Their Preparation

George William Askinson

Book Overview: 

Most of us take for granted the sense of smell. It gives pleasure, warning, anticipation and a sense of nostalgia. People have used perfumes since the days of Ancient Persia and Egypt in order to improve their personal smell. In this work, Askinson traces the history of perfumery and gives us an overview of the sources of perfumes and how they are manipulated to enhance our lives.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Volkameria.

This plant, Volkameria inermis, often cultivated in conservatories, has a very agreeable odor. The perfume called by this name, however, is not obtained from the plant, but is produced by the mixture of several aromatic extracts from other plants.

Latin—Cheiranthus Cheiri; French—Giroflé; German—Levkojenblüthen, Goldlack.

The wallflower, a well-known biennial garden plant belonging to the Order of Cruciferæ, according to recent experiments yields a very fine odor to certain substances and may be employed in the manufacture of quite superior perfumes. The preparations usually sold as wallflower, however, are not made from the flowers of this plant, but are mixtures of different odors.

Latin—Gaultheria procumbens; French—Gaulthérie; German—Wintergrünblätter.

This herbaceous plant, indigenous to North America, especially Canada a. . . Read More