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Plant Structure, Function, and Use

Plant Uses

What plants are commonly used in the perfume industry?

Perfumes are made of a mixture of a large variety of scents. Although many perfumes are created synthetically, the expensive designer scents still use natural essential oils extracted from plants. The perfume industry uses all parts of the plant to create a unique blend of scents. Some commonly used plant materials for essential-oil extraction are:

Plant Part

Source

Bark

Indonesia and Ceylon cinnamons and cassia

Flowers

Rose, carnation, orange blossoms, ylang-ylang, violet, and lavender

Gums

Balsam and myrrh

Leaves and stems

Rosemary, geranium, citronella, lemongrass, and a variety of mints

Rhizomes

Ginger

Roots

Sassafras

Seeds and fruits

Orange, lemon, and nutmeg

Wood

Cedar, sandalwood, and pine



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