The first section of the book includes a well-referenced and up-to-date section on many aspects of olfaction, training in odour analysis, and methods of odour assessment.
This is followed by a section covering the technicalities of extraction methods in raw materials processing.
The major portion of this book consecutively sets out the:
- complete and elaborate odour profiles of the individual raw materials
- their geographic origins
- top-note and dry-down descriptions
- information on methods of extraction and preparation
- production status and botanical origin
- taxonomy details – all topics being comprehensively referenced throughout.
Selected analytical references are also provided where they specifically reflect on odour characteristics and interpretation.
A glossary, abbreviations index and conversion table of common name to (Latin) botanical name is found at the end of the book.
REVIEWS BY INDUSTRY PROFESSIONALS
Given the trend among a number of practitioners of clinical aromatherapy to broaden their therapeutic aromatic palette beyond the commonly-used oils – to embrace those including CO2 extracts that may be selected in order to evoke a subjective memorybased effect – this work provides a highly useful reference for information on the more exotic as well as ‘standard’ aromatics. Indeed, it is the comprehensive as well as thoroughly technical nature of this book which makes it stand out as an encyclopaedic and authoritative resource for those producing, working with, researching and studying the huge array of fragrant materials with which the natural world has endowed us. To those in these categories, Natural Aromatic Materials: Odours & Origins is a sound investment.
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The treasure of the book lies of course in the fifth section (Materials Index: A-Z of Individual Aroma Materials, pp. 143-741) that comprises an enormous number of materials from the A of Abelmoschus spp. to the Z of Zingiber officinale: 600 essential oils, absolutes, CO2s, and other aromatic extracts. Each monograph identifies a botanical entity (apart from the few animal materials) with taxonomical details, together with its geographic origin and production status, and specifies all the aromatic materials that can be obtained from it. For every and each material it gives a complete and elaborate odour profile with top-note and dry-down descriptions, plus chemical composition details, all thoroughly referenced. At the end of the text the useful glossary and abbreviations index, plus a conversion table of common name to (Latin) botanical name. All in all, a must-have book if you’re into perfumery and flavouring, and a very important addition to the library for any aromatherapist.
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The book is well written and accessible but also very rich in information and well referenced (almost 1500 books or scientific articles). The first parts cover the different kinds of aromatic raw material with their characteristics and distillation/extraction techniques as well as some chemistry related to these products. These parts are very interesting and very informative. However the most impressing value of this work is in its focus on the organoleptic side of aromatic raw materials as well as olfaction mechanisms, and methodology for odor assessment.
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