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Fragrance Chemistry of Olibanum

The following sources are recommended by a professor whose research specialty is fragrance chemistry.


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· Arctander, S. Perfume and Flavor Materials of Natural Origin. Arctander (1960). Based on a life's work in fragrance chemistry, this describes the principal odorants in the resin portion of frankincense.

· Jones, J.K.N., and Nunn, J.R. The Structure of Frankincense Gum. J. Amer. Chem. Soc., 77: 5745-5746 (1955). The most complete analysis of the gum portion of the frankincense resin.

· Hairfield, E.M., Hairfield, H.H., and McNair, H.M. GC, GC/MS, and TLC of b-Bosewllic Acid and O-Acetyl-b-Boswellic Acid from B. serrata, B. carterii, and B. papyrifera. J. Chromat. Sci., 27: 127-133 (1989). A rapid and senstive chromatographic analysis for identification of the main types of frankincense.

· Hairfield, E.M., Hairfield, H.H., and Pentz, L.H. A Rapid Test for the Identification of Incense Resins. Perfumer and Flavorist, 9: 33-36 (1984). A simple chromatographic test for distinguishing the main types of frankincense.

· Groom, M. Frankincense and Myrrh. Longman, (1981). The best general background on the origins, history and characteristics of these incense resins.

· Maupetit, P. New Constituents in Olibanum Resinoid and Essential Oil. Perfumer and Flavorist, 9: 19-37 (1985). The most complete analysis of the resin and oil portions of frankincense.

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