Arctander's Perfume and Flavor Materials of Natural Origin

Author: Steffen Arctander
A Classic!

Format Details

  • Hardcover
  • 736 Pages
  • Published 1961
  • ISBN-10: 0931710367
  • ISBN-13: 9780931710360
  • Description
  • Table of Contents
  • Expert Review

A Beautifully Written Classic by a Pioneer of Natural Flavor & Fragrance Materials

So Relevant for Today's Natural Enthusiasts with a Passion for Learning

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

Need to find suppliers or materials for flavor and fragrance?
See Allured’s Flavor and Fragrance Materials (FFM) Buyers’ Guide 2013

  • Preface
  • Part One: Definitions and methods of processing
    • Photographs
  • Part Two: Monographs on raw materials
    • Photographs
  • Tables: Tonnage of world production of important natural perfume and flavor materials
    • Value of world production of the most important natural perfume and flavor materials
    • Location of the most important centers of production with respect to tonnage
    • Location of the most important centers of production with respect to value for the local community
    • Grouping of the natural materials according to odor type and suggested use
  • General Index
  • French-German-Spanish condensed index

"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."

—Mandy Aftel
Aftelier Perfumes

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