Frequently Asked Questions
How are floral extracts obtained from flowers?
Fragrance imbued in flowers are difficult to recover, especially because it contains compounds that are sensitive to steam. Kancor, however, skillfully captures these mesmerizing fragrances and isolates them using solvent extraction. The flowers undergo a two-stage process of floral extraction to obtain Floral Concretes and Floral Absolutes.
What are the differences between Floral concretes and Floral Absolutes?
During the first stage of floral extraction, freshly harvested blooms are solvent extracted to get a product popularly known in trade, as Floral concretes. Most concretes contain about 50% wax and 50% volatile absolute. Considered to be more stable and concentrated than pure essential oils, floral concretes are true to nature fragrances and are primarily used in cosmetic applications. Floral absolutes are obtained through enrichment extraction of floral concretes at the second stage of extraction. It is the most concentrated form of a fragrance, and is mostly used in the perfume industry.
How are Floral absolutes used in the Fragrance Industry?
Floral Absolutes are derived when floral concretes are subjected to enrichment extraction using polar solvents like alcohols. The waxy non polar part is insoluble in such solvents while the polar concentrated product called Floral absolutes solubilises in alcohol. Further concentration of this layer yields a more concentrated Floral absolute. A superior concentrated form of a fragrance, Floral Absolutes are popular in the perfume industry.
What are Kancor’s sustainability & traceability programmes for floral extracts?
Kancor’s access to freshly harvested blooms of exceptional quality, along with sophisticated floral extraction technology ensures delivery of a range of top-of-the-line floral extracts. Kancor runs many sustainability programmes for various floral extracts like Lemon Grass, tuberose to name a few. Kancor agronomists and extension staff work closely with farmers teaching them how to cultivate various floral crops in a sustainable manner, follow good agricultural practices, maintain proper records and more. All these efforts have helped in the production of superior quality of floral extracts.