Through the centuries, societies and cultures have tried to eliminate bad odors from their environment. From the burning of odorant woods and herbs through incense, fragrant oils and pomades to our modern aerosol technology, the search for a more pleasant surrounding goes on.
It seems that most malodors relate to certain smells that, at some time in human evolution, had signaled imminent danger: such are the odors of smoke, carnivorous animals, decaying flesh, spoiled food and even the smell of our own species.
In modern times, these objectionable odors come from many and diverse sources. Just to mention a few, let’s cite industries of all sorts, rendering plants, garbage dumps and, even closer to home, household and body odors as well as for us perfumers the off-odors of many product bases.