The story of perfumes and odors is told in this book which includes the scientific, commercial, and popular details of the industry. The book covers the history of perfumery, the raw materials of the perfumer and the methods of their production, the art of perfumery, the relationship of odor to flavor, the commercial development of the odor business, the psychology of perfumes and the role of perfumery in the life of man. Telling the entire story of odor, this book is intended chiefly for the chemist synthesizing odorous chemicals, who is seeking information on the history of perfumery; for the perfumer, who wishes to read the story of aromatic chemicals; for the salesman, purchasing agent, executive, or clerk in the odor business. In the historical treatment of perfumery, scientific advances of the most recent mature are treated in detail. The book includes data on the development of the musk from the Louisiana muskrat, the most recent proposals on odor language and measurement, and bibliography references up to 1945. THE SCIENCE AND ART OF PERFUMERY gives the reader a cross-section view of the entire industry. It sketches its historical background, explains its scientific development, and correlates the industry with the life, the work, and the aspirations of man.
“Power-driven centrifuge used in separation of crystals in the manufacture of solid aromatics such as synthetic musks.”
“The glands of the muskrats ready to be processed to obtain the musk.”
“The imagination of man is intrigued by the idea that animal materials are used in perfumery. And the layman is even more astonished to learn that these products, some of which are revoltingly malodorous, are necessary to give fixative qualities to most good perfumes.”
“A perfume is a symphony. To express a single emotion, no two composers, no two perfumers, would arrive at the same conclusion. The odor symphony must have harmony, unity, originality. It must evoke something in the heart of every man who has the sensory power of perception and the aesthetic power of evaluation. To each recipient of its message it will have a different meaning, but if it is a great creation, it will stir the soul to its very being, and will attain deserved immortality.”
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An annotated and illustrated bibliography from Anton Szandor LaVey's "The Compleat Witch, or, What to Do When Virtue Fails".