Introduction to Perfume Research

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Manufacture of Perfume Scent from Rosa Berberifolia

Background of Research

Why is it that women love perfumes as much as men love cars? According to (Smith and Wade, 2008) “There are studies that most of women’s reason for loving perfume is because of the pheromones their bodies produce. Often these scents or perfumes trigger the increase of how much pheromone a woman’s body will produce” (p.12) In studies carried out, nearly 80% of all women will make a perfume purchase at least each year. Not only does smelling great make a woman feel good about herself, but it will make her feel attractive also. Roses have been around and are documented longer than most of our garden plants. The earliest record of them seems to be rose leaves
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These include such diverse ones as honeysuckle, moss, hyacinth, honey, wine, marigold, peppers, parsley, and fruits such as raspberry. In addition, “roses with the best scents are darker colours, have more petals, and have thick or velvety petals” (Green, 1991, p.53) Red and pink roses often smell like what we term “rose”. White and yellows often smell of violets, nasturtium, and lemon. Orange roses often smell of fruits, violets, nasturtium, and clove (Perry, 1998).
A lot wonder why the some perfumes last and others don’t. Lord (1992) concluded that a scent not only changes over time, but with time of day. Early morning is when scents are strongest, the oils most powerful, and so when roses are harvested for rose oil. Rose scent may be more powerful with the first blooms of summer. Rose scent even can change from outdoors to indoors. Just the cutting can change the chemical releases that we smell, so a rose not very fragrant outdoors may be quite scented once in a vase inside. Hence, perfumes are classified as to where it is best used.
Most true rose oil comes from Bulgaria, Morocco, Iran, Turkey, and more recently from China. The oil is extracted from the petals either with alcohol or through distillation. “The true oil is very expensive as it takes about 250 pounds of petals to make a mere ounce of oil” (Hester,1998). For this reason, rose oil is often diluted with similarly scented oils such as geraniol from
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