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Perfumes and Cosmetics: with Especial Reference to Synthetics

Nature volume 113, page 780 (31 May 1924) | Download Citation



THE distillation of essential oils and the manufacture of synthetic, odoriferous products are nowadays important branches of the fine chemical industry, and chemists engaged in such work may be interested in finding out from Mr. Poucher's pages how their comparatively crude products are converted into the highly decorated articles which fill the windows of perfumers, hairdressers, and drug stores. They may not be surprised to learn that the odour of “para methyl acetophenone “is similar to that of “para methyl tolyl ketone” (p. 83), but it may strike them as calling for some explanation that “Methyl Para Tolyl Ketone “has “an almondy odour resembling Coumarin, but two or three times as powerful, and also recalling methyl acetophenone” (p. 86). Such curious “facts “as these must have an important bearing on the construction of the psychic perfumes referred to in one of the advertisement pages of this book.

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