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The Perfumer's Workbook®
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Inside The Perfumer's Workbook®
The Database
Part 2: Aroma Material Descriptions, View 3

We continue our description of The Perfumer's Workbook with the second scrolled down view of that database's materials descriptions. The last screenshot ended with "Flavour Application Performance". This screen shot starts with "Aromatherapy Use."

Aromatherapy Use

While information is not provided for aromatherapy uses, room is provided for you, if you are an aromatherapist, to enter your own information about each aroma material of interest to you. The pre-formated catgegories are "Therapy-uses," "Therapy-safety," "Therapy actions," and "Therapy notes." If you need more than this, you can add your own categories in the database.

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aroma description, view 3
Aroma Description, View 3

Physical Properties

Depending on your project, the physical properties of an aroma material may or may not be of much interest to you. As your work with perfumery progresses, you may find, however, that your interest in these characteristics increases. Of particular interest to almost everyone is the physical state of the material. Say you are developing your fragrance with dropper bottles and you read that the material is crystalline. Now you have to decide how you are going to use it. Likewise some liquids are quite thick and will not go through droppers unless than have been thinned with a solvent. By being aware of a material's physical state, you won't get a big surprise the first time you purchase it.

Other properties given are handy to have to reference — Molecular formula, Molecular weight, Specific gravity, Refractive index, Optical rotation, Flash point, Melting point, and Boiling point. Not all of the information is included for all materials and it should be checked against information provided by your supplier.


When working with an aroma material it is good to know its solubility in various potential solvents. Categories are given; you'll have to add the data to these categories yourself —

GC/MS Data

If you've done a GC/MS (gas chromatography/mass spectrometry) analysis of your material, you can fill out the lines in this section.

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