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.
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.