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Raw materials of perfumery, their nature, occurrence and employment PDF book by Ernest John Parry

Raw materials of perfumery, their nature, occurrence and employment PDF book by Ernest John Parry

Raw materials of perfumery

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This little work is intended to deal with the raw materials employed in the manufacture of perfumes. The whole art of perfumery has been so revolutionized by the aid of Synthetic Chemistry that a popular account of this particular branch of perfumery may be found of interest.

PERFUMERY, as known to most people, is an art; but as known to the expert perfumer, it has become elevated, if not to the level of science, at least to the level of scientific art. For, in the modern developments of the art of perfumery, the very highest branches of chemical research have been called in, and it is no exaggeration to say that the last thirty or forty years of organic chemistry research have entirely revolutionized the" old conceptions of the art of Perfumery. This will, however, be developed in a later chapter, especially when we come to consider the synthetic perfumes. The use of perfumes goes back to very distant ages and entered into the mystic rites of nearly every form of religious worship.

Thus we read of their use on the altars of Zoroaster, and in the rites of the followers of Confucius: they were used in the Temple of Memphis as well as in those of Jerusalem. It has, indeed, been said that the history of Perfumes is, in some sort, the history of civilization. A good-sized volume would be necessary to deal with the historical aspect of the subject so that it will here only be possible to pass under rapid review and in bare outline a few aspects of the antiquity of the subject.


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