Perfume Fact No. 4


Did you know that supercritical carbon dioxide (CO2) extraction is a trending method of obtaining a whole range of new materials that can be used in fragrance and flavor industries. At temperature above 31°C and pressure of 72.9 atm or higher CO2 turns to its supercritical state and becomes a liquid. In this form it can work as a solvent. Such supercritical fluid has the ability to penetrate fruit, flowers or other scented object and draw out the constituents of its smell. When conditions become smaller than those mentioned before, CO2 returns to its gas state – what remains is a pure extract that ideally reflects the odour of the material that was extracted. This method allows the perfumers to utlize new components that enrich the palette and broaden the horizons of perfume art. Have you tried any perfume that indicated a CO2 extract use?

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14 thoughts on “Perfume Fact No. 4

  1. jillie says:

    Another fact I knew nothing about! I’ve now done a quick bit of research to find out more on this method and it looks rather amazing. To my knowledge I have not tried any perfumes that have ingredients obtained in this manner, but it looks like something that will be used increasingly in the future. You can buy little bottles of single notes rather like essential oils – I might try one of those, mixing a few drops into jojoba oil …..

  2. shelly says:

    very cool entry. What scents have you used that have been made in such a way? I would have no way of knowing about what ones I may have used.

  3. rickyrebarco says:

    Fascinating! I did not know that.

  4. Undina says:

    I saw those letters in some ingredients’ descriptions but off the top of my head I wouln’t remember any names. And I didn’t know how it works – thanks for the explanation!

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