What Makes Perfume Fragrant?

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Perfumes are made fragrant by volatile compounds that evaporate into the air and are inhaled, and these can either be natural essential oils from plants or synthetic recreations. Understand how perfumes are fragrant with helpful advice from a natural perfume producer in this free video on perfumes.

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Hi, I'm Stephaniefrom stephanieknaturals.com. And I'm going to tell you what makes perfume fragrant. Now, there are type...two types of fragrance, either it is from a natural source or it is from a synthetic source. But either way, they are the molecules that evaporate into the air and are inhaled into your nose. And your brain recognizes them as scent. These are called volatile compounds. They're the compounds -- the molecules -- that will evaporate into the...into the air that you breathe in. And so in plants, these volatile compounds are called the essential oils. And when we distill a plant, these essential oils are what remains from the distillation. And also, labs can synthetically recreate these volatile compounds and that is what a synthetic fragrance is. So all in all, either way, the fragrance is made from little volatile molecules that disperse into the air when you wear your perfume.

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