Head space analysis

November 18, 2014

Why are so many fruit and floral type scent combinations popular, such as kiwi/vanilla or rose/melon or peppermint/lemon?

Q. Why are so many fruit and floral type scent combinations popular, such as kiwi/vanilla or rose/melon or peppermint/lemon?

A. New technology has allowed perfumists to synthetically create scents that accurately match the smell of the blooming flower or the fresh cut fruit. This is accomplished through a technique known as “head space analysis.”

Head space analysis involves analyzing the gases above a living flower or freshly cut fruit to collect the constituents creating the smell. The gases are then analyzed for individual ingredients that can be used to synthetically create more true natural scents of flowers and fruits. These same scents can be used to create candles, scent wall plug-ins, dryer sheets and passively wicked scent jars.

Patients with inhaled fragrance allergies, asthma, or scent induced vasomotor rhinitis are finding this plethora of scents very challenging.

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