Every day innumerable scents of countless varieties surround us. Regardless of their origin, every scent we smell can be attributed to the evaporation of volatile compounds. The smell of brewed coffee in the morning, freshly cut grass in the yard, cookies at the bakery, magnolia flowers in spring—all these scents are the result of volatile compounds that evaporate naturally into the air we breathe.
By its very definition, the natural process of scent evaporation brings forth the true, unaltered nature of the botanicals and herbs we incorporate into our lives—yet existing extraction methods fail to leverage scent evaporation to produce essential oils.
Instead, existing methods use solvents, hours-long steam distillation processes and high-pressure CO2 extraction methods that can both damage fragile compounds and selectively extract some components while leaving others behind. None of these non-evaporative processes replicate the true nature of plants, and most only partially extract the valuable volatile components locked deep within the plant (F-1).
A new, 45 international patents granted and pending evaporative extraction process promises to permanently change the art of extraction and harness the natural power of evaporation to extract essential oils from plants. True to its name, Evaporative Extraction™ accelerates the natural process of scent evaporation, while efficiently capturing evaporated volatile compounds as a premium essential oil. The natural scent evaporation process that would normally take weeks to occur, is compressed to just a few seconds, to produce an essential oil that is true to the nature of the original plant.
For the full article, please check out the Perfumer & Flavorist+ November 2021 issue.