Electrospray ionization mass spectrometry fingerprinting of perfumes: Rapid classification and counterfeit detection

Lygia de Azevedo Marques, Rodrigo Ramos Catharino, Roy E Bruns, Marcos N Eberlin
Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry: RCM 2006, 20 (24): 3654-8
A fast procedure to classify perfumes and identify counterfeit samples is described. Dilution of a few microL of the sample in a 1:1 methanol/water solution is followed by detection of its major polar components via direct infusion electrospray ionization mass spectrometry (ESI-MS) in the positive ion mode. As proof-of-principle cases, three famous brands of perfumes were used. The ESI+-MS fingerprints of authentic samples were very characteristic, showing distinctive sets of polar markers for each sample. Principal component analysis (PCA) placed samples of the three perfume brands in well-defined groups. Counterfeit samples were also clearly detected owing to contrasting ESI-MS fingerprints, with PCA placing these samples far away from the authentic samples.

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