Classification of Perfumes and Fragrances

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For the production of a computerized database about the classification of perfumes and fragrances, the main aspects of 5,200 perfumes and fragrances were studied. During the past decade, a series of publications appeared about the classification of these materials. These publications were analyzed in detail. The main features for the classification of fragrances are:

• commercial names, brand names and sales companies; • application fields and concentrations; • creators and fragrance houses; • container designers and producers; • odor descriptions and compositions; • and references to detailed information.

All of these aspects will be discussed herein. The odor classification and composition of some classic fragrances will be provided.


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Every year, about 200 new fragrances appear on the market. However, many of them disappear within 10 years. It could be worthwhile to classify existing perfumes and fragrances with the aim to gain more knowledge and to stabilize the market.

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