Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Breaking News!!; "Perfume Candy"

I grew up in Gilroy, California. Most famously known as the "Garlic Capital of the World" and home to the annual Gilroy Garlic Festival. You can imagine the stench.

Though the scent of garlic (now) inspires a twinge of nostalgia, being around (and eating) it everyday did eventually leave a noticeable...fragrance. Mostly due to natural sulfur compounds in garlic known as Allyl Methyl Sulfides. These sulfides do not absorb into the body and instead are deemed as waste and forced through the pores. So the resulting sharp scent is actually a by-product of the digestive process. Fortunately, for everyone's noses, other compounds can also produce this by-product with a more pleasing result.

Geraniol is also secreted by skin but is reminiscent of citrus and rose-like aromas. Most commonly found secreted by bees to signal the entrance to hives or to nectar baring flowers, it's main use in cosmetics is as a constituent in essential oils like ylang-ylang and citronella converted in formulas like traditional perfume. Harnessed by Cosmetics Design Europe it's been introduced it into sugary sweets.

The Japanese have already created chewing gum with a similar property, but CDE opts to develop something that will last for hours on end. The residual effects would even be able to leave a lingering floral-like taste in the mouth, potentially enhancing the flavor of foods you eat later in the day. Maybe they should set up a booth at the Gilroy Garlic Festival.

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