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The Power of Perfume and the Aromatic Plants of Provence, the Alps and Côte d'Azur

By: Jean-J. Etienne
Posted: January 23, 2012, from the February 2012 issue of P&F magazine.

Beyond its consumer product status, perfume is by its nature and effect at the crossroads of science and art, explained A. le Guerer (University of Burgundy) in remarks delivered during the joint 30th Essential Oil Days (Journées des Huiles Essentielles) and International Congress of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (Congrès International Plantes Aromatiques et Médicinales [PAM]) co-organized by APPAM and Pole PASS (competitive cluster for perfume, aroma, smell and flavors) and recently held in Digne-les-Bains, France. First, it is necessary to recall that smell was for centuries considered a minor sense by philosophers such as Plato, Aristotle, Descartes, Kant and Hegel. It was only at the beginning of the 20th century that some writers, including Huysmans, recognized that perfume is a language in which nature and chemistry provide the words.

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