96422 - The Use of Fragrances in Perfumery

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Academic Year 2023/2024

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student has a good knowledge of the main fragrances used to "build" a perfume. Many practical examples will be presented to show a first approach to the art of perfumery, in collaboration with companies in the sector.

Course contents

This elective course will be divided in two parts:

  1. A presentation of the synthetic molecules (called captives) developed by the companies that produce fragrances. A captive odorant, or captive, is an odorant molecule patented by the originating manufacturer for exclusive use in their own perfumes to protect them from imitation.
  2. The study and the production of some parfums starting from single ingredients. The following topics will be covered: study of olfactory language, and of raw materials, formulation theory and then laboratory applications.


  • Lesson slides in Virtuale
  • e-books
  • scientific articles and reports

Teaching methods

Videoprojection of power point presentations and practical activity for the formulation of parfums.

Assessment methods

Oral examination

Teaching tools

Projector, PC, whiteboard

Office hours

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