The Right Chemistry: What Chanel No. 5 and TNT have in common | Montreal Gazette

The Right Chemistry: What Chanel No. 5 and TNT have in common | Montreal Gazette. JOE SCHWARCZ, SPECIAL TO THE MONTREAL GAZETTE One of the most fascinating facets of chemistry is the process of discovery. Think of TNT and chances are you think BOOM, not Chanel No. 5. But Trinitrotoluene played a major role in the formulation of one of the world’s most famous fragrances.

Smell Turns Up in Unexpected Places – NYTimes.com

A team of biologists at Ruhr University Bochum in Germany has found that our skin is bristling with olfactory receptors. “More than 15 of the olfactory receptors that exist in the nose are also found in human skin cells,” said the lead researcher, Dr. Hanns Hatt. Not only that, but exposing one of these receptors to a synthetic sandalwood odor known as Sandalore sets off…

Interview with Jean-Claude Ellena

I came across this 2009 Research Report from Institut Francais de la Mode on iTunesU and thought it might be of interest to others. I always find Jean Claude Ellena’s perspective interesting. Interviews with: Jean-Claude Ellena : Perfume up against the market Annick Le Guérer: Perfume, from Egyptian temples to the temples of consumption Frédéric Walter: Art and Perfume: from fascination to co-creation Catherine Têtu…

Excellent Schiff’s Base Compendium

A Schiff base, named after Hugo Schiff, is the product of a reaction between a compound containing an animo group (NH2) and an Aldehyde. In perfumery the amino group used most often is Methyl Anthranilate, or possibly Ethyl Anthranilate. When the Aldehyde and the amino group are mixed together in 1:1 molar quantities (one molecule of the aldehyde for every molecule of the methyl anthranilate)…

Harvesting Sweet Grass (Hierochlöe odorata)

Today we harvested sweet grass from a garden plot just outside of the city. Cherry, a very kind lady, showed us the area and allowed us to harvest a few bags, and also bring home actual plants that I will propagate. Tonight I will prepare a tincture in fractionated coconut oil to sit for a few months. I am also going to attempt to distill…

Wearing perfume inhibits behaviours that project negative impressions

Findings suggest that wearing perfume inhibits behaviours that project negative impressions.The results of the observer rating showed that the interviewees in the perfume group used less non-symbolic movement when wearing perfume. Analysis of the video clips showed that they decreased their non-symbolic movement for about 6  seconds in the third block. The degree of smiling and eye contact remained the same. These results suggest that…

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