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Apr 04, 2006 | 09:44 AM CDT
By: Jack Corley, Royal Aromatics Inc.
Developing common-sense standards to boost the personal care industry and aid the consumer. Few subjects in the personal care world have generated as much interest and attention in recent years as the development of new standards in organic personal care. For those involved in the product-development side of the natural/organic business, it has been a reflective -- and sometimes pensive -- period.
Apr 04, 2006 | 09:36 AM CDT
By: Jeb Gleason-Allured, Editor
Perfumers’ Choice Award winners discuss inspiration, innovation, creativity and craft. Last year, The American Society of Perfumers honored the top creative talents in fragrance at its annual Perfumers’ Choice Awards in New York. We wondered what inspired these select perfumers to create such successful fragrances, so we talked to some of them about their creative processes and technique, as well as what it takes to be a noted perfumer.
Mar 27, 2006 | 06:59 PM CST
By: Robert Kryger
Citrus fruits have been a valuable and prized flavor and fragrance ingredient for thousands of years. The ability of citrus to easily crossbreed has provided us with a large family of different fruits, many with very unique and interesting organoleptic properties.
Mar 03, 2006 | 04:43 PM CST
By: Brian M. Lawrence
Lawrence discusses the composition of Juniper berry oil and extract from Greece, Serbia, Montenegro, Poland and Sardinia. Additionally, he covers santolina oil from Turkey and India. Finally, Lawrence explores the composition of angelica seed oil from France and Canada.
Mar 03, 2006 | 04:34 PM CST
By: Chaim Frenkel and Daphna Havkin-Frenkel, Cook …
Research sheds light on practical ways to prevent losses in vanillin during production. Vanillin (3-methoxy-4-hydroxybenzaldehyde), a major flavor constituent of vanilla flavor, accumulates as glucovanillin, a parent compound of vanillin, in the interior of the vanilla pod, where it is synthesized by specialized cells. Synthesis of glucovanillin ensues when the vanilla pod has reached its maximum size and continues at a rapid rate for three to four months, then tapers off gradually for an additional few months.
Mar 03, 2006 | 04:31 PM CST
By: Rick Brownell
Forecasting opportunities and threats on the road to recovery. Despite what was attributed to Cyclone Hudah, which raked across Madagascar in the spring of 2000, and political instability in that island nation, the real cause of this decade’s vanilla crisis can be blamed on simple economics.
Mar 03, 2006 | 04:18 PM CST
By: Kelly Frederick, Associate Editor
Lush perfumer Simon Constantine shares the company’s out-of-the-box approach to personal care fragrance creation. Since Lush opened its first shop in England in 1995, people have been flocking to experience the natural handmade personal care products. Resembling a neighborhood deli, customers are encouraged to choose their cosmetics personally from the pic’n mix of bath, skin and hair care products.
Jan 25, 2006 | 11:46 AM CST
Leon Wright and his wife stumbled on the large lump of ambergris on a South Australian beach.
Dec 19, 2005 | 03:16 PM CST
By: Brian M. Lawrence
Lawrence discusses the composition of Caraway oil from Austria and India. Additionally, Lawrence covers Litsea cubeba oil from Thailand, China, Vietnam and India.
Dec 19, 2005 | 02:47 PM CST
By: Claire Briney, Euromonitor International
The fragrance industry faces declining sales, increasing competition and a shorter shelf life. Valued at $25 billion last year, the global market for fragrance continues to flounder, with sales increasing at a rate that is slower than the average growth for the industry as a whole (see T-1). Why is this market proving to be such a challenge?