We continue with the description, as we presented in the first part of the raw materials involved in the creation of fine perfumes. It is amazing shelling the elements that make the manufacture of perfumes, and learn that unforeseen elements such as lichens or animal secretions part of those magical potions that make our lives a little more beauty.I
The family of the Hesperides. Put like that, few people will realize that this family is much closer to what one assumes, as we see representatives of the same in homes every day. It is essential oils obtained from the shells of some species of fruit such as bergamot, lemon, tangerine, orange, grapefruit or lime. Extraction techniques of the essence are varied, and different for each species. For oranges and lemons, the shell is crushed and compressed cold, as heat would ruin the active substance. Other species require seed distillation, maceration of flowers, or simply are replaced by synthetic molecules development.I
The grass family. Again we find common species in the homes of all people: mint, marjoram, tarragon, basil or part of the bouquet of many perfumes.I
The fruity family. The fruity notes are usually sweet and gentle, and balance those formulations with darker or acidic notes. Grapes, kiwi, peach, apple besides being delicious and nutritious, they are species that give us their essences to be integrated into the most popular perfumes. Again, as in the case of citrus, extraction techniques essence are various: you can distil, macerate, obtained by pressing or simply replaced by synthetic molecules.I
Family spices. What they have in common kitchen and the laboratory of a perfumer? Some elements that can be found at both sites, such as spices grains of paradise, cardamom, coriander, ginger, pepper, nutmeg, cinnamon and cloves. It is not the recipe for a culinary dish, but the list of herbaceous species in this family.I
The leather. This is one of the substances used since ancient times. It is soft, delicate but enduring. The basic molecule is called styrax, and can be extracted synthetically. The suede leather is the most valuable in the manufacture of perfumes and cosmetics.