Happy Mother’s Day

Courtesy of Arlington, Va. (May 14, 2006)

Mother’s day is a time for sons and daughters and fathers to take time from their own lives to focus on the one woman that magically keeps everything running. This Mother’s Day, whether you’re thinking of surprising her with perfume, helping the kids draw a picture or indulging her with a luxurious bathrobe, you’ll be giving her a gift of chemistry.

It probably never crossed your mind that solvents and synthetic substitutes help make Mother’s Day more special. Well, it’s true. For example, solvents make the wonderful gift of perfume possible. Whether the perfume is made with synthetic substitutes or extracted from plants, fruits or flowers, solvents make perfume easy to apply and gentle on the skin. Solvents also make it possible to extract essential fragrance oils from nature’s gifts, while synthetic substitutes provide you a wide array of olfactory choices.

Even the simple crayon, used to craft a homemade gift, such as a child’s picture, involves chemistry. The primary ingredient in crayons is wax. Wax, a byproduct of petroleum, is mixed with a pigment and placed in a plastic mold to produce the final colorful product. Today’s crayon manufacturers also use non-toxic glue, made possible through chemistry, to adhere the crayon label to the crayon, making art projects safer for little ones.

Some moms like to dine out on Mother’s Day, while others prefer to curl up in a comfy bathrobe with a good book. If you present mom with a new bathrobe, it involves chemistry. The cotton fibers, used in most robes, are cleaned and processed with specific chemicals to make the garment breathable, absorbent and nicely textured; chemistry is responsible for the snuggly softness moms enjoy.

So, as you carefully select the perfect perfume, put crayon to paper or ponder the array of robes at the department store, remember the multitude of options are made possible in part by the wonders of chemistry.

To learn more about the far-reaching benefits of chemistry to everyday life and the economy, please visit americanchemistry.com.

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