In the article, “From Petri Dish to Perfume,” the author, Dharshi Devendran, describes the various advances and techniques that go into the making of perfumes. This article was written on April 28, 2015 in the Berkeley Science Review, a scientific magazine and blog. This recent date makes the information presented in the article remain up-to-date and accurate, allowing it to remain a reliable source for readers. The article reaches out to anyone who is interested in the fragrance industry and the production of perfumes and scents. In this article, Devendran describes where perfume making started and sets up the future and present-day production of fragrances that he later tells of. The author claims that synthetic fragrances are a cheaper and easier way to produce fragrances and the founding of synthetic fragrances was a “turning point in perfume making” (From Petri Dish to Perfume, Berkeley Science Review). He supports this argument by explaining the process of using natural oils and materials for making perfume and how this method is costly and not consistently available. According to the article, using synthetic fragrances and synthesizing character-impact molecules in natural oils are the way in which perfume is produced. The author supports other sources with the same opinion that designing new odorants to replace naturally occurring ones can lead to new fragrances, for example, “galazolide, a synthetic musk” (From Petri Dish to Perfume, Berkeley Science Review). The author continues his support and claim in the technology of “harnessing the chemical power of biological systems” (From Petri Dish to Perfume, Berkeley Science Review) to hold promise for the future of smell. In my view, the technology being used today and in the future is the best way to produce fragrances in the most efficient and cheapest way. I also agree with Devendran that “perfumes are elaborate mixtures” (From Petri Dish to Perfume, Berkeley Science Review) and they include a complexity of scents that inhabit our everyday lives.
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