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Making Scents

What does it take to bottle "Wonderstruck" or "Light Blue" or "Pink Sugar"? Start with complex chemistry, then add innovative materials science and a dash of artistry. And don't forget a good "Nose."

Investigate the science, ingredients, research, and testing behind this $16 billion industry with roots in ancient Egypt.

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Chemistry in Perfumes: An Interview with Fragrance Chemist Philip Kraft

Chemistry in Perfumes: An Interview with Fragrance Chemist Philip Kraft

You probably don't recognize his name but odds are good you have heard of the scents this fragrance chemist helped create. Find out how his interest in hormones as a teen led to a career in perfumery. More...

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Fragrantica
Perfume Laboratory Escape

Perfume Laboratory Escape

Can you mix up the right ingredients and create a scent that will let you escape from this game's lab? More...

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Escape Games 24
How Does the Perfume Atomizer Work?

How Does the Perfume Atomizer Work?

Perfume science isn't all about the chemistry of fragrance. Explore the physics needed in a perfume atomizer. More...

Article
eHow
Carbon Chemistry: Perfumes

Carbon Chemistry: Perfumes

Whether made synthetically or from a natural source, perfumes need to meet 5 chemical properties. Explore them and esters, "chemicals with pleasant scents." More...

Article
BBC
Scintillating Scents: The Science of Making Perfume

Scintillating Scents: The Science of Making Perfume

Investigate the "enfleurage" method of extracting scents while making your own perfume in this chemistry science fair experiment. More...

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Science Buddies
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What the Ancients Knew: Egyptian Perfume

What the Ancients Knew: Egyptian Perfume

Believed to be "the scent of the gods," perfume oils had several purposes for the living and dead in ancient Egypt. More...

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Science Channel
Chandler Burr, Perfume Critic

Chandler Burr, Perfume Critic

Meet the first perfume critic for The New York Times and find out what criteria he uses in rating scents. More...

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AP TV
The Perfect Perfume (Valentine’s Day Special)

The Perfect Perfume (Valentine’s Day Special)

What scents would you mix together to make the perfect perfume? See what happens when these chemists combine vanilla, cinnamon, chocolate, and...boron. More...

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The Subtle Science of Fragrance

The Subtle Science of Fragrance

Perfume is a $16 billion industry, but don't let the fancy packaging and splashy ad campaigns fool you. Hard science is driving business and innovation. More...

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WIRED

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