A Beautifully Written Classic by a Pioneer of Natural Flavor & Fragrance Materials
"Arctander's book Perfume and Flavor Materials of Natural Origin has remained an industry "Bible" for decades for good reason: there is nothing comparable on the market. His breadth and depth of knowledge of the culture, extraction, organoleptic properties, market and, ultimately, how the natural aromatic could be used in fragrance or flavoring is unsurpassed." -Anya McCoy, Perfumer at Anya's Garden Perfumes, President, Natural Perfumers Guild
Arctander’s Perfume and Flavor Materials of Natural Origin is not only a handy and practical handbook of natural materials found globally; it is an experience of the senses. While perfumery and flavor creation is an art form, it is also a science. Steffan Arctander left behind flavor and fragrance science still valid today and, more than that, he inspires creativity. Notes were collected and compiled from his travels across continents in raw material producing areas such as Morocco, Myanmar, Kenya, and Ceylon. Dozens of varieties and different qualities of each individual raw material were closely studied for appearance, odor, flavor, and possible impurities.
Arctander has created a unique reference on natural fragrance materials which is divided into two parts. The first is a clear set of definitions and processing methods that are used to isolate the natural products described in the book. The second part is a series of more than 500 monographs on crude and processed perfume and flavor materials of natural origin, including both vegetable and animal-based products. Examples of materials contained in this text include:
- Items of rare usage such as agarwood oil, flouve isolates and civet products for the perfumer.
- Horseradish oil, lemon petitgrain oil and tagetes oil for the flavorist.
- Patchouli oil, vanilla, ylang-ylang absolute, lemon oil, nutmeg oil and extract, lavender oil and much more!
This classic book is recommended for entrepreneurs and experts alike interested in natural materials, botanical and essential oil enthusiasts, aromatherapists, marketers of flavor and fragrance end products and anyone inspired by nature and the senses.
If you are interested in learning more about natural materials, see Formulating Natural Cosmetics: An Encyclopedia of Ingredients
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"Arctander's book Perfume and Flavor Materials of Natural Origin has remained an industry "Bible" for decades for good reason: there is nothing comparable on the market. His breadth and depth of knowledge of the culture, extraction, organoleptic properties, market and, ultimately, how the natural aromatic could be used in fragrance or flavoring is unsurpassed. As a perfumer, educator and host of a group that studies natural perfumery, I instruct everyone who wants to study perfumery to "get Arctander's book, there is no substitute".
There is an explosion in numbers of artisan natural perfumers worldwide. I truly feel that it would not be possible without this book. Every course of study, either individual, or in a class, is based on this volume.
It remains on my desk, close at hand, and I use it constantly. As my students receive their copies, they report that they are immersed in the details and descriptions, exploring the world of aromatics as never before, and feel that their studies are being taken to a much deeper level. They are. They are also inspired and transported, much in the way a fabulous perfume affects a person, which is wonderful to watch - a book that alters and sweeps someone up in its magic."
--Anya McCoy, Perfumer at Anya's Garden Perfumes, President, Natural Perfumers Guild
"Arctander's book is the most important reference on natural fragrance
materials. His understanding of the nuances of scented material is unequalled,
and he knows how to convey those subtleties to the reader in comparison to
odors with which the reader is already familiar. The sheer passion for natural
perfume materials manifest in his description has more than once stimulated me
to track down some rare and unfamiliar essence. I lean on his book for my own
descriptions of the individual essences, and I recommend buying a copy of it
for yourself. Reading his descriptions of natural essences and comparing them
to your own impressions is a terrific way to broaden your aromatic palette and
to learn about the nuances of scent."