ASTM WK36920

    New Guide for Qualifying and Preparing Localized Malodors for Sensory Evaluation

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    1. Scope

    This document provides guidance to be used in studies to quantitatively assess localized malodor. Localized malodors are found on specific substrates or surfaces; some examples: hair, human body, fabric, carpet, diapers, etc. This document deliberately excludes airborne environmental odors, airborne indoor odors, oral odors and underarm (axillary) odors.

    This standard is intended to provide guidance and examples of preparing malodors for testing products designed to reduce odor. The malodor selection and sample preparation are very important to a good sensory evaluation test. Currently standards or guides do not exist to discuss the topics of qualifications and preparation of the malodors for testing. This method would be utilized for consumer product companies to test odor reduction efficacy of various products including air fresheners, detergents, cleaners, etc.


    odor, body odor

    The title and scope are in draft form and are under development within this ASTM Committee.

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    Work Item Status

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    Technical Contact:
    Michael Mcginley

    Draft Under Development