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The science of scent: a feast for the nose

Are perfumers born with better noses than the rest of us? How many scented materials are there in the world? This fascinating event explores the fundamentals of olfactory science and perfumery.

The allure of perfume has existed for generations. Whilst many people may wear perfume, few probably know about the fascinating science inside the bottle.

This event will begin with an introductory talk in the theatre on olfactory science and perfume. How do we smell? Where do perfume ingredients come from and how has this changed throughout the ages, as science and technology have advanced? How many scented materials are there in the world and how many of them do we remember?

And what about the highly skilled people who concoct these amazing scents and potions? Are perfumers born with better noses than the rest of us?

Later on in the evening you’ll have an opportunity to sample different perfumery ingredients, accords and perfumes, experiencing first-hand their composition under the watchful guidance of an experienced perfumer.

The event includes odour evaluation, so please refrain from wearing strong scent


Will Andrews | talks


Date and Time:

19 November 2008 at 7:00 pm


2 hours



The Royal Institution of Great Britain
21 Albemarle Street
+44 20 74 09 29 92

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£8 standard, £6 concessions, £4 RI Members

Available from:

www.rigb.org, or the events team on +44 (0)20 7409 2992

Additional Information:

This event is supported by Proctor and Gamble prestige products.

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