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Title:
LAUNDRY TREATMENT PRODUCTS FOR SPANDEX$m(3) CONTAINING FABRICS
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/1999/019452
Kind Code:
A1
Abstract:
A fabric treatment product containing a perfume which includes a mixture of fragrance materials, for the treatment of garments containing Spandex$m(3) and other fibres, preferably after wearing thereof, to deposit fragrance materials to a greater extent on the Spandex$m(3) fibres than on the other fibres. The fabric treatment product may be selected from a detergent composition for fabric washing, a pre-treatment composition, a rinse conditioner, or an additive composition for use with any of these.

Inventors:
Perring, Keith Douglas (14 Malvern Road, Ashford, Kent TN24 8HS, GB)
Clements, Christopher Francis (Inveresk, Lookers Lane Saltwoo, Hythe Kent CT21 5HW, GB)
Macmaster, Angus Peter (The Barn, Robus Ceramics Evington Park, Hastingleig, Nr. Ashford Kent TN25 5JH, GB)
Laroche, Charles (240 rue de Mezu, Chavenay, Chavenay, F-78450, FR)
Application Number:
PCT/GB1998/003053
Publication Date:
April 22, 1999
Filing Date:
October 09, 1998
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
UNILEVER PLC (Unilever House, Blackfriars, London EC4 4BQ, GB)
UNILEVER N.V. (Weena 455, AL Rotterdam, NL-3013, NL)
Perring, Keith Douglas (14 Malvern Road, Ashford, Kent TN24 8HS, GB)
Clements, Christopher Francis (Inveresk, Lookers Lane Saltwoo, Hythe Kent CT21 5HW, GB)
Macmaster, Angus Peter (The Barn, Robus Ceramics Evington Park, Hastingleig, Nr. Ashford Kent TN25 5JH, GB)
Laroche, Charles (240 rue de Mezu, Chavenay, Chavenay, F-78450, FR)
International Classes:
C11D3/00; C11D3/50; C11D17/00; D06M13/00; D06M13/144; D06M101/38; (IPC1-7): C11D3/50; C11D17/00
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
Harrison, David C. (Mewburn Ellis, York House 23 Kingsway, London WC2B 6HP, GB)
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Claims:
CLAIMS
1. A fabric treatment product which includes a perfume composition which is a mixture of fragrance materials which deposits preferentially on spandex fibres.
2. A fabric treatment product according to claim 1, which is a laundry treatment product.
3. A fabric treatment product according to claim 2 which is selected from detergent compositions, presoak compositions, rinse conditioners and fabric softening sheets.
4. A fabric treatment product according to claim 3 which is a detergent composition containing a detersive surfactant in an amount from 2t to 50s by weight of the composition, and a detergency builder in an amount from 5% to 800o by weight of the composition.
5. A fabric treatment product according to claim 1 formulated as a spray.
6. A fabric treatment product according to claim 1 formulated as a solid carrier material impregnated with the perfume composition.
7. A fabric treatment product according to any one of the preceding claims wherein the perfume composition contains at least 50k by weight of the perfume composition of fragrance materials selected from: Category A) hydroxylic materials which are alcohols, phenols or salicylates, with an octanol/water partition coefficient (P) whose common logarithm (logl0P) is 2.5 or greater, and a gas chromatographic Kovats index (as determined on polydimethylsiloxane as nonpolar stationary phase) of at least 1050, and Category B) esters, ethers, nitriles, ketones or aldehydes, with an octanol/water partition coefficient (P) whose common logarithm (log10P) is 2.5 or greater, and a gas chromatographic Kovats index (as determined on polydimethylsiloxane as nonpolar stationary phase) of at least 1300.
8. A fabric treatment product according to any one of the preceding claims wherein the perfume composition contains at least 10*6 by weight of the perfume composition, of fragrance materials selected from: Category A') hydroxylic materials which are alcohols, phenols or salicylates, with an octanol/water partition coefficient (P) whose common logarithm (log10P) is 2.5 or greater, and a gas chromatographic Kovats index (as determined on polydimethylsiloxane as nonpolar stationary phase) lying within the range 1050 to 1600, and Category B') esters, ethers, nitriles, ketones or aldehydes, with an octanol/water partition coefficient (P) whose common logarithm (logl0P) is 2.5 or greater, and a gas chromatographic Kovats index (as determined on polydimethylsiloxane as nonpolar stationary phase) lying within the range 1300 to 1600.
9. A method of treating a garment containing spandex and other fibres which comprises contacting the garment with fabric treatment product according to any one of the preceding claims.
10. A method according to claim 9 for sustaining a presence of deposited fragrance materials on the garment, wherein the garment is one which had in a previous treatment been contacted with a perfume composition as defined in any one of claims 1 to 8.
Description:
LAUNDRY TREATMENT PRODUCTS FOR SPANDEXO CONTAINING FABRICS This invention relates to the treatment of textiles containing spandex fibres.

At the present time, many garments are made from fabric which contains a mixture of fibres, a proportion of which are elastic, so that the fabric has the ability to stretch and to recover from stretch. Spandex fibres are commonly used for this purpose. The term"Spandex"has been adopted as a generic term by the United States Federal Trade Commission to denote a manufactured fibre in which the fibre-forming substance is a long chain synthetic polymer composed of at least 85% of a segmented polyurethane. A discussion of such fibres can be found in"History of Spandex Elastomeric Fibres"by A. J.

Ultee, which is a chapter starting at page 278 in Man- Made Fibres: Their Origin and Development, edited by R. V. Seymour and R. S. Porter, Elsevier 1993. Spandex fibres are also referred to as"elastane"or "elasthane"fibres.

Another discussion of such fibres is found under the heading"Segmented Polyurethanes"at page 613 of Handbook of Textile Fibres by J. Gordon Cook, 5th Ed. Merrow Publishing Company 1984. Further description of elastanes and their applications can be

found in"Synthesefasern: Grundlagen, Technologie, Verarbeitung und Anwendung", B von Falkei (editor), Verlag Chemie (1981). Commercially available elastanes are well known, in particular as sold under the name LYCRA@, a registered trade mark of DuPont de Nemours and Company. Patents relating to such fibres include US-A-5000899, US-A-5288779 and US-A-5362432.

The deposition of perfume onto garments and other fabrics during laundering has been established for many years. Perfume is incorporated into laundry products such as detergent compositions for fabric washing and rinse conditioners for softening the fabrics.

Although the perfume serves to cover the base odour of such a product and to give the unused product an attractive fragrance, it also deposits on the fabric.

Certain perfumes have the ability to provide deodorant action against body odour, either when directly applied to human skin, or when included in a laundry product. Such perfumes are described in EP-B- 3172, US-A-4304679, US-A-4278658, US-A-4134838, US-A- 4288341 and US-A-4289641, US-A-5482635 and US-A- 5554588.

Summary of the Invention We have now found that a number of fragrance materials used in perfumery are able to deposit and then be retained better on spandex fibres than on a number of other textile fibres.

Therefore in one aspect the present invention provides a fabric treatment product which has a mixture of fragrance materials, for the treatment of garments containing spandex and other fibres, preferably after wearing thereof, to deposit fragrance materials to a greater extent on the spandex fibres than on the other fibres.

The invention may, in particular, be applied when the garment fabric was pretreated with perfume prior to first wearing of the garment. Thus, use in accordance with the invention may be use of a fabric treatment product which contains the perfume composition to treat garments containing spandex fibres, the fabric of which garments was treated with a perfume composition (which may be a preferentially- deposited such composition) prior to first wearing, so that the said use of a fabric treatment product sustains a presence of fragrance materials on the garments.

In a related second aspect, the invention provides a method of treating and maintaining a

garment containing spandex and other fibres, comprising contacting the fabric of the garment with a perfume composition which is a mixture of fragrance materials, so that fragrance materials are deposited on the fabric and subsequently contacting the garment with a treatment product containing a perfume composition which is also a mixture of fragrance materials, to sustain a presence of deposited fragrance materials on the garment.

In significant forms of this invention, the perfume composition used to treat the garment (or the combination of fragrance materials deposited thereon) is a deodorant perfume, so that use in accordance with the invention will provide or sustain a deodorant benefit on the garments.

Detailed description The various aspects of this invention, preferred forms and materials useful therein will now be discussed in greater detail.

Textiles The garments to which this invention relates are made from fabric which includes spandex and other fibres. As mentioned earlier, this term"spandex" denotes a manufactured fibre in which the fibre

forming substance is a long chain synthetic polymer compound composed of at least 85W of a segmented polyurethane.

Thus the polymer which is spun into spandex fibres is a copolymer incorporating urethane linkages.

Generally the polymer contains so-called soft (i. e. lower melting) segments which may be polyalkylene ethers or polyesters and so-called hard (i. e. higher melting) segments which are portions derived from the reaction of an isocyanate and a chain extender which is typically a diamine.

The soft segments may be poly (tetramethylene) ethers, possibly containing substituted tetramethylene glycol residues as described in US-A-5000899. Organic diisocyanates which may be used include conventional diisocyanates, such as diphenylmethane-4,4'-diisocyanate, also known as methylene-bis (4-phenylisocyanate) or"MDI", 2,4- tolylene diisocyanate, methylene-bis (4- cyclohexylisocyanate), isophorone diisocyanate, tetramethylene-p-xylylene diisocyanate, and the like.

MDI is preferred.

Chain extenders used in producing the hard segment of the fibres preferably include one or more of ethylenediamine (EDA), 1,3-propylenediamine, 1,4- cyclohexanediamine, hydrogenated m-phenylenediamine

(HPMD), 2-methylpentamethylene diamine (MPMD) and 1,2- propylene diamine. More preferably, the chain extender is one or more of ethylenediamine, 1,3- propylenediamine, and 1,4-cyclohexanediamine, optionally mixed with HPMD, MPMD and/or 1,2- propylenediamine.

Spandex fibres with poly (tetramethylene) ethers as the soft segments are marketed by DuPont de Nemours International S. A. under the registered trade mark LYCRA of DuPont de Nemours and Company.

Spandex fibres are generally mixed with other fibres such as cotton, polyamide, wool, polyester and acrylics and made into yarn which is then made into fabric. The content of spandex fibres is usually in a range from 0.5% by weight of the yarn or fabric up to 50%, more usually from 1% to 30k by weight of the yarn or fabric.

A wide range of garments may contain spandex fibres in the fabric, including active sports wear, intimate apparel, hosiery and a variety of ready to wear casual clothing.

Fragrance materials We have found that a range of fragrance materials deposit well on, or are retained well on,

spandex fibres. Such materials include the following two categories: Category A hydroxylic materials which are alcohols, phenols or salicylates, with an octanol/water partition coefficient (P) whose common logarithm (log10P) is 2.5 or greater, and a gas chromatographic Kovats index (as determined on polydimethylsiloxane as non-polar stationary phase) of at least 1050.

Category B esters, ethers, nitriles, ketones or aldehydes, with an octanol/water partition coefficient (P) whose common logarithm (logis ?) is 2.5 or greater, and a gas chromatographic Kovats index (as determined on polydimethylsiloxane as non-polar stationary phase) of at least 1300.

The octanol-water partition coefficient (or its common logarithm logP') is well known in the literature as an indicator of hydrophobicity and water solubility (see Hansch and Leo, Chemical Reviews, 71, 526 to 616, (1971); Hansch, Quinlan and Lawrence, J. Organic Chemistry, 33,347 to 350 (1968). Where such values are not available in the literature they may be

measured directly, or estimated approximately using mathematical algorithms. Software providing such estimations are available commercially, for example LogP'from Advanced Chemistry Design Inc.

A requirement for log10P of 2.5 or more calls for materials which are somewhat hydrophobic.

Kovats indices are calculated from the retention time in a gas chromatographic measurement referenced to the retention time for alkanes [see Kovats, <BR> <BR> Helv. Chim. Acta 41,1915 (1958)]. Indices based on the use of a non-polar stationary phase have been used in the perfumery industry for some years as a descriptor relating to the molecular size and boiling point of ingredients. A review of Kovats indices in the perfume industry is given by T Shibamoto in"Capillary Gas Chromatography in Essential Oil Analysis", P Sandra and C Bicchi (editors), Huethig (1987), pages 259-274.

A common non-polar phase which is suitable is 100% dimethyl polysiloxane, as supplied for example under a variety of tradenames such as HP-1 (Hewlett-Packard), CP Sil 5 CB (Chrompack), OV-1 (Ohio Valley) and Rtx-1 (Restek).

Materials of low Kovats index tend to be volatile and are not retained well on many fibres.

We have found that when perfumery materials have partition coefficient as above and a relatively high

value of Kovats index, deposition and retention on spandex tends to be greater than on other fibres.

Preferably therefore, the perfume composition contains at least 50 wt, better at least 70 or 80 wt % of materials from the categories above.

We have found that there is a particularly high enhancement of deposition and retention on spandex, compared to other fibres, with materials within the above categories and having a Kovats index of not more than 1600. These sub-sets of categories A and B may be termed categories A'and B'. Preferably therefore, the perfume composition contains at least 10 wto, better <BR> <BR> at least 20 wt W or 25 wt W of such materials. In some preferred perfumes the amount of fragrance materials from categories A'and B'is at least 40 wt W in total.

Such fragrance materials are of mid-range volatility (i. e. intermediate between the volatile perfume materials used as"top-notes"and the materials of low volatility which are customarily used as base notes in perfumes). These materials of mid- range volatility are often not perceptible on other fabrics such as cotton, polyamide and polyester after washing and drying.

Category A includes alcohols of general formula ROH where the hydroxyl group may be primary, secondary

or tertiary, and the R group is an alkyl or alkenyl group, optionally branched or substituted, cyclic or acyclic, such that ROH has partition coefficient and Kovats properties as defined above. Alcohols of Kovats index 1050 to 1600 are typically monofunctional alkyl or arylalkyl alcohols with molecular weight falling within the range 150 to 230.

Category A also includes phenols of general formula ArOH, where the Ar group denotes a benzene ring which may be substituted with one or more alkyl or alkenyl groups, or with an ester grouping-CO2A, where A is a hydrocarbon radical, in which case the compound is a salicylate. ArOH has partition coefficient and Kovats index as defined above.

Typically, such phenols with Kovats index 1050 to 1600 are monohydroxylic phenols with molecular weight falling within the range 150 to 210.

A sub-set of fragrance materials which are particularly preferred are those with a partition coefficient of 1000 or more, i. e. log10P of 3 or more, and a Kovats parameter of 1100 up to 1600.

Some examples of hydroxylic ingredients which fulfil the above criteria for category A'are listed as a table below. Materials which are in the particularly preferred sub-set are marked with an asterisk. Semitrivial names are those used in standard

texts known within the perfume industry, particularly: Common Fragrance and Flavor Materials by Bauer, Garbe and Surburg, VCH Publ., 2nd edition (1990), and Perfume and Flavour Materials, Steffen Arctander, published in two volumes by the author (1969).

Examples of fragrance materials in category A' <BR> <BR> <BR> 1- (2'-tert-butylcyclohexyloxy)-butan-2-ol*<BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> 3-methyl-5-(2', 2', 3'-trimethylcyclopent-3-enyl)- pentan-2-ol* 4-methyl-3-decen-5-ol* amyl salicylate* 2-ethyl-4 (2', 2', 3-trimethylcyclopent-3'-enyl) but-2-enol* (Bangalol, TM) borneol* carvacrol* citronellol* 9-decenol* dihydroeugenol* dihydrolinalol* dihydromyrcenol dihydroterpineol * eugenol geraniol* hydroxycitronellal* isoamyl salicylate* isobutyl salicylate* isoeugenol* linalol menthol* nerolidol* nerol* para tert-butyl cyclohexanol*

phenoxanol* terpinol tetrahydrogeraniol* tetrahydrolinalol tetrahydromyrcenol thymol* 2-methoxy-4-methylphenol (Ultravanil, TM) (4-isopropylcyclohexyl)-methanol* Some examples of fragrance materials which are in category A but which have Kovats index above 1600 (so as to fall outside category A') are: patchouli alcohol farnesol benzyl salicylate cyclohexyl salicylate and hexyl salicylate Category B is esters, ketones, aldehydes, nitriles or ethers which have an octanol-water partition coefficient whose common logarithm (log10P) is at least 2.5, and a Kovats index of at least 1300 (non-polar phase).

Ingredients of Category B are of general formula RX, where X may be in a primary, secondary or tertiary position, and is one of the following groups:-COA,- OA,-CO2A,-CN or-CHO. The groups R and A are

hydrocarbon residues, cyclic or non-cyclic and optionally substituted. In some forms of this invention, category B excludes any material with a free hydroxy group, so that where a hydroxyl group is present, the material should be considered only for Category A membership. Typically, the materials of Category B with Kovats index not exceeding 1600 (which may be called category B') are monofunctional compounds with molecular weights in the range 160 to 230.

A sub-set of particularly preferred fragrance materials within category B'is those with a Kovats parameter falling within the range 1350 up to 1600, and possessing a molecular structure containing a ring, such as phenyl or cycloalkyl.

A number of fragrance materials which fulfil the above criteria for category B'are listed in the table below. Materials which are in the particularly preferred sub-set are marked with an asterisk.

Examples of fragrance materials in category B' <BR> <BR> <BR> 1-methyl-4- (4-methyl-3-pentenyl)-3-cyclohexene-l- carbaldehyde* 1- (5', 5'-dimethylcyclohexenyl)-pent-en-l-one* 2-heptyl cyclopentanone* 2-methyl-3- (4'-tert-butylphenyl) propanal 2-methylundecanal 2-undecenal

2,2-dimethyl-3- (4'-ethylphenyl)-propanal 3- (4'-isopropylphenyl)-2-methylpropanal 4-methyl-4-phenylpent-2-yl acetate* allyl cyclohexyl propionate* allyl cyclohexyloxyacetate* amyl benzoate* methyl ethyl ketone trimers (Azarbre, TM) benzophenone* 3-(4T-tert-butylphenyl)-propanal(4T-tert-butylphenyl)-propan al (Bourgeonal, TM) caryophyllene* cis-jasmone* citral diethyl acetal citronellal diethyl acetal citronellyl acetate phenylethyl butyl ether (Cressanther, TM) damascone, alpha-* damascone, beta-* damascone, delta-* decalactone, gamma-* dihydro isojasmonate* dihydrojasmone* dihydroterpinyl acetate dimethyl anthranilate* diphenyl oxide* diphenylmethane* dodecanal dodecen-2-al dodecane nitrile 1-ethoxy-1-phenoxyethane (Efetaal, TM) 3- (1'-ethoxyethoxy)-3, 7-dimethylocta-1,6-diene (Elintaal Forte (TM) 4- (4'-methylpent-3'-enyl)-cyclohex-3-enal (Empetaal, TM) ethyl tricyclo 1- (7-isopropyl-5-methylbicyclo [2.2.2] oct-5-en-2-yl)-l- ethanone* (Felvinone, TM) allyl tricyclodecenyl ether* (Fleuroxene, TM) tricyclodecenyl propanoate* (Florocyclene, TM) gamma-undecalactone*

n-methyl-n-phenyl-2-methylbutanamide* (Gardamide, TM) tricyclodecenyl isobutyrate* (Gardocyclene, TM) geranyl acetate hexyl benzoate* ionone alpha* ionone beta* isobutyl cinnamate* isobutyl quinoline* isoeugenyl acetate* 2,2,7,7-tetramethyltricycloundecan-5-one* (Isolongifolanone, TM) tricyclodecenyl acetate* (Jasmacyclene, TM) 2-hexylcyclopentanone (Jasmatone, TM) 4-acetoxy-3-pentyltetrahydropyran* (Jasmopyrane, TM) ethyl 2-hexylacetoacetate (Jessate, TM) 8-isopropyl-6-methylbicyclo [2.2.2] oct-5-ene-2- carbaldehyde (Maceal, TM) methyl 4-isopropyl-1-methylbicyclo [2.2.2] oct-5-ene-2- carboxylate* methyl cinnamate alpha iso methyl ionone* methyl naphthyl ketone* nerolin nonalactone gamma nopyl acetate* para tert-butyl cyclohexyl acetate 4-isopropyl-1-methyl-2- [1'-propenyl]-benzene* (Pelargene, TM) phenoxyethyl isobutyrate* phenylethyl isoamyl ether* phenylethyl isobutyrate* tricyclodecenyl pivalate* (Pivacyclene, TM) phenylethyl pivalate* (Pivarose, TM) phenylacetaldehyde hexylene glycol acetal* 2,4-dimethyl-4-phenyltetrahydrofuran (Rhubafuran, TM) rose acetone* terpinyl acetate

4-isopropyl-1-methyl-2- [1'-propenyl]-benzene (Verdoracine, TM) yara* (4-isopropylcyclohexadienyl) ethyl formate Examples of fragrance materials which lie within category B, but have Kovats index above 1600 and so are outside category B'are listed in the following table: Within category B but outside category B' amyl cinnamate amyl cinnamic aldehyde amyl cinnamic aldehyde dimethyl acetal cinnamyl cinnamate cyclamen aldehyde 1,2,3,5,6,7,8,8a-octahydro-1,2,8,8-tetramethyl-2-acetyl naphthalene (iso E super, TM) cyclo-1,13-ethylenedioxytridecan-1,13-dione (ethylene brassylate) cyclopentadecanolide (Exaltolide, TM) 1,3,4,6,7,8-hexahydro-4,6,6,7,8,8-hexamethylcyclopenta [g]- 2-benzopyran (Galaxolide, TM) geranyl phenyl acetate hexyl cinnamic aldehyde 6-acetyl-1-isopropyl-2,3,3,5-tetramethylindane (Traseolide, TM) 3,4- tetrahydronaphthalene (Tonalid, TM) As indicated above, it is particularly preferred to utilise a perfume composition which has deodorant

properties. Preferably, the perfume is a deodorant perfume giving a Malodour Reduction Value on cotton of at least 0.25, preferably at least 0.5, in the Malodour Reduction Value test described below and which is generally as given in EP-A-147191 and corresponding US-A-4663068.

With such perfumes we have observed that there is an enhanced deodorant benefit when the fabrics incorporate spandex fibres, compared to conventional fabrics such as cotton, polyamide and polyester without spandex. This can be measured using the Malodour Reduction Value test, modified by varying the test fabric instead of varying the perfume.

The Malodour Reduction Value Test In this test, the Malodour Reduction Value of a deodorant perfume is measured by assessing its effectiveness, when applied to fabric, in reducing body malodour when the fabric so treated is placed in contact with the axillae (armpits) of a panel of human subjects, and held there for a standard period of time. From subsequent olfactory evaluation by trained assessors, a Malodour Reduction Value can be calculated so giving a measure of the effectiveness as a deodorant of the perfume under test.

Stage 1 is preparation of the perfume treated

fabric.

A fabric is selected for the test and cut into 20 cm x 20 cm squares. A control fabric is likewise cut into squares. Both fabrics are then washed in a front- loading drum-type washing machine with a standard unperfumed washing powder containing the following ingredients: Ingredient Parts by weight Sodium dodecylbenzene sulphonate 9.0 C13-1, alcohol 7EO 4.0 Sodiumtripolyphosphate 33.0 Alkaline sodium silicate 6.0 Sodium carboxymethyl cellulose 1.0 Magnesiumsilicate 1.0 Ethylenediamine tetraacetic acid 0.2 Sodiumsulphate 15.0 Water 10.8 The washed pieces of fabric are then rinsed with cold water and finally dried. The fabric squares so obtained represent"untreated"fabric, that is fabric devoid of perfume, other deodorant materials, dressing and other water-soluble substances that subsequently might adversely affect the Malodour Reduction Value Test.

The untreated pieces of fabric are divided into two batches, one of which may receive no further

washing treatment and then represents the control fabric in the test. The other batch of fabric pieces is re-washed in the washing machine with the same standard fabric washing powder to which has been added 0.2% by weight of the perfume under test. The perfume treated pieces of fabric are then rinsed with cold water and dried again. The fabric squares so obtained represent"test"fabric, that is fabric onto which the test perfume has been delivered.

When this test is used to assess the deodorant effectiveness of a perfume composition, the control and test fabrics are the same, suitably 100% cotton shirt fabric and the"untreated"fabric serves as control without further washing. However, the test can be used to assess other effects, notably to test deposition on different cloths, the test fabric can differ from the control fabric, and both may be washed in the same way with the perfumed washing powder.

Stage 2 is the carrying out of the test. A team of three Caucasian female assessors of age within the range of 20 years to 40 years is selected for olfactory evaluation on the basis that each is able to rank correctly the odour levels of the series of standard aqueous solutions of isovaleric acid listed below, and each is able to assign a numerical score, corresponding to the odour intensity of one of these

solutions, to the body malodour of a shirt insert after has been worn in the axillary region by a male subject for a standard period of time.

A panel of 40 human subjects for use in the test is assembled from Caucasian male subjects of age within the range of from 20 to 55 years. By screening, subjects are chosen who develop axillary body malodour that is not unusually strong and who do not develop a stronger body malodour in one axilla compared with the other. Subjects who develop unusually strong body malodour, for example due to a diet including curry or garlic, are not selected for the panel.

For two weeks before the start of the test, the panel subjects are assigned an unperfumed, non- deodorant soap bar for exclusive use when washing and are denied the use of any other type of deodorant or antiperspirant. At the end of this period, the 40 subjects are randomly divided into two groups of 20.

The"test"and"control"fabric pieces are then tacked into 40 clean cotton or polyester cotton shirts in the underarm region in such a manner that in 20 shirts, the control fabric pieces are attached inside the left underarm region, and the test fabric pieces are attached in the right underarm region. For the remaining 20 shirts, the placing of control and test

pieces of fabric is reversed.

The shirts carrying the tacked-in fabric inserts are then worn by the 40 panel members for a period of 5 hours, during which time each panellist performs his normal work function without unnecessary exercise.

After this five hour period, the shirts are removed and the inserts detached and placed in polyethylene pouches prior to assessment by the trained panel of assessors.

The malodour intensity of each fabric insert is evaluated by all three assessors who, operating without knowledge of which inserts are"test"and which are"control"and, without knowing the scores assigned by their fellow assessors, sniff each fabric piece and assign to it a score corresponding to the strength of the odour on a scale from 0 to 5, with 0 representing no odour and 5 representing very strong odour.

Standard aqueous solutions of isovaleric acid which correspond to each of the scores 1,2,3,4 and 5 are provided for reference to assist the assessors in the malodour evaluation. These are shown below: Score Odour level Concentration of aqueous isovaleric acid (ml/1) 0 No odour 0

1 Slight 0.013 2 Definite 0.053 3 Moderate 0.22 4 Strong 0.87 5 Very strong 3.57 The scores recorded by each assessor for each fabric piece are averaged. The average score of the "test"fabric pieces is deducted from the average score of the"untreated"control fabric pieces to give a Malodour Reduction Value.

As a check that the selection of panel subjects is satisfactory for operation of the test, the average score with untreated fabric pieces should be between 2.5 and 3.0.

Preferred deodorant perfumes are those which have a Malodour Reduction Value of at least 0.50, or 0.70, or 1.00. The higher the minimum value, the more effective is the perfume as a deodorant as recorded by the assessors in the Malodour Reduction Value Test. It has also been noted that consumers, who are not trained assessors, can detect by self-assessment a noticeable reduction in malodour on soiled fabric such as shirts and underclothes where the Malodour Reduction Value is at least 0.30, so the higher the Malodour Reduction Value above this figure, the more noticeable is the deodorant effect.

Selection of a combination of fragrance materials to give a deodorant effect is explained in patents such as US-A-430679 referred to earlier. Further systems of selection are given in US-A-5482635 and US- A-5554588 also mentioned above.

Such selections can be carried out using materials with preferred values of partition coefficient and Kovats index as discussed above.

US-A-5501805 describes perfume compositions made from a combination of fragrance materials, where the composition is a deodorant perfume yet has a relatively low odour. Such"low-odour"deodorant perfumes may be used in the present invention.

Fabric treatment products A fabric treatment product, used as a vehicle to deposit perfume on garments after they have been worn may be any of: a detergent composition for fabric washing, a pretreatment composition for application to selected areas of a garment prior to washing, a pretreatment composition used in the soaking of

entire garments prior to washing, a rinse conditioner for softening washed fabrics during a rinsing step, an additive composition for use jointly with any of the above, a fabric conditioning article intended to be placed with fabrics during drying, or a spray for application directly to dry garments.

Such products can take a variety of forms including powders, bars, sticks, tablets, mousses, gels, liquids, sprays, and also fabric conditioning sheets to be placed with fabrics in a tumble dryer.

The amount of perfume in such products may lie in a range from 0.1% to 10% by weight of thereof. The incorporation of perfume into products of these types is known, and existing techniques may be used for incorporating perfume for this invention. It may be possible to incorporate perfume directly, but another possibility is to absorb the perfume on a carrier material and then admix the perfume carrier mixture into the fabric treatment product. This approach may notably be used with a solid fabric treatment product

and on inert particulate carrier.

Fabric or laundry treatment products also comprise perfume carrier products intended to be placed near or between garments, such as in linen cupboards and drawers, to deposit the perfume on the garments by diffusion through the air or by direct contact with the garments. Such perfume carrier products may comprise up to 40% by weight of perfume.

They preferably comprise a solid carrier material, e. g. in the form of a powder, beads or a sheet or block of a porous material, which is (are) impregnated or loaded with the perfume composition.

A detergent composition to be perfumed with a perfume composition according to this invention will normally contain a detersive surfactant in an amount from 2% to 50%, preferably 5% to 40% by weight of the composition, and a detergency builder in an amount from 5% to 80% by weight of the composition. The balance of the composition, if any, may include various ingredients known for inclusion in fabric washing detergents, including bleaching materials.

Surfactants may be one or more soap or non-soap anionic, nonionic, cationic, amphoteric or zwitterionic surfactants, or combinations of these.

Preferred surfactants which can be used are soaps and synthetic non-soap anionic and nonionic compounds.

Mixtures of surfactants, for example mixed anionic or mixed anionic and nonionic compounds, are frequently used in detergent compositions.

Detergency builders are materials which function to soften hard water by solubilisation or other removal of calcium and to a lesser extent magnesium salts responsible for water hardness. The commonest water soluble inorganic builder is sodium tripolyphosphate. A further water soluble inorganic builder compound is sodium carbonate which is generally used in conjunction with a seed crystal to accelerate the precipitation of calcium carbonate.

Common insoluble inorganic detergency builders are zeolites and layered silicates. Organic detergency- builders such as sodium citrate and polyacrylate can also be used.

Some detergent compositions, usually liquids, are formulated to contain from 5 wt t to 50 wt k surfactant but little or no detergency builder.

Other ingredients which are customarily included in a detergent composition, although not necessarily all together, include alkaline silicate, peroxygen or chlorine bleaches, soil release agents, heavy metal sequestrants, anti-redeposition agents such as sodium carboxymethyl cellulose, enzymes, enzyme stabilisers, fabric softening agents including softening clays,

fluorescent brighteners, antifoam agents or conversely foam boosters and filler such as sodium sulphate.

Pretreatment compositions for soaking of soiled fabrics prior to the main washing step may contain 5 wt W to 80 wt W by weight detergency builder with little or no surfactant. Such compositions frequently include enzymes.

The amount of perfume in a detergent composition or a presoak composition is likely to lie in a range from 0.1% to 2% by weight of the composition.

A fabric conditioning composition may contain from 1% to 40% by weight of a fabric conditioning agent which may be a fabric softening agent, but may contain higher levels in a very concentrated product.

Fabric softening agents are frequently nonionic or cationic organic compounds incorporating at least one alkyl, alkenyl or acyl group of 8 or more carbon atoms. These include, but are not limited to: (i) quaternary ammonium and imidazolinium compounds and corresponding tertiary amines and imidazolines incorporating at least one, preferably two, C8 to C30 aklyl or alkenyl groups; also including alkyl groups containing, ether, ester, carbonate or amide linkages, ethoxylated derivatives and

analogues of such compounds and also including compounds with more than one tertiary or quaternary nitrogen atom, (ii) aliphatic alcohols, esters, amines or carboxylic acids incorporating a C8 to C30 alkyl, alkenyl or acyl group, including esters of sorbitan and of polyhydric alcohols, (iii) silicones, mineral oils and polyols such as polyethylene glycol.

A number of fabric conditioning compounds are set out in US-A-4137180, and EP-A-239910.

Fabric conditioning compositions for addition to a rinse liquid are frequently in the form of aqueous dispersions of the conditioning agent. They can also be made in the form of powders.

The amount of perfume in such conditioning liquids and powders is usually 0.1% to 2t by weight.

Preferred levels can vary depending on the concentration of softening agent and requirements of the market.

The amount of perfume in very concentrated fabric conditioners may lie in the broader range 0.1%

to 10% by weight, preferably 2t to 8k by weight.

A fabric conditioning sheet is intended to be placed with damp, rinsed, laundry in a tumble dryer. Such a product contains a fabric conditioner, which may be a nonionic compound as mentioned above, soap and/or fatty acide, and which melts at temperatures encountered in a tumble dryer. This is carried on a porous sheet. Silicone oil may be included. The amount of perfume incorporated in such a product is usually from 2% to 10% of the product and frequently from 2% or 4k to 7% or 8% by weight of the product.

Another form of product for the treatment of fabrics is a carrier liquid containing perfume and packaged in an applicator which delivers the composition as a spray. Such a spray may be marketed as a"refreshing spray"for garments. In such a product, the content of perfume will generally lie in a range from 0.1% to 10% by weight of the liquid composition.

This invention may be utilised to sustain a presence of perfume on garments whose fabric was treated with perfume during the manufacturing process, before the fabric is first worn. Such pretreatment with perfume may be carried out as treatment of yarn which is later made into fabric, or in the"finishing"

of new fabric in the form of a web or lengths from a web which have not yet been made into garments, or possibly garments which have been made but not yet been worn. That perfume have been a preferentially- deposited composition of the invention.

Finishing is a step in the processing of fabrics to improve hand or surface appearance of fabric. The fabric will typically be treated with an aqueous treatment liquor containing fabric softener or other material to deposit at a level of up to 3% by weight of the fabric. Perfume may be included in the liquor to deposit at a level of 0.001k to 1*-. by weight of the fabric.

Preferably the treatment with a perfume composition is carried out while treating with other material in a conventional process step, especially a wet stage in which the yarn or fabric is treated with a finishing agent to improve its hand or appearance.

The materials which may be applied to fabric in a conventional finishing treatment include resins to confer stiffness, fabric stability or permanent press, fabric softeners, flame retardants, fabric brighteners, anti-snag agents, materials to confer soil or stain resistance and water repellants.

Techniques which are conventionally used to apply such materials are padding and exhaustion, both

well known in the technology of textile manufacture.

Example 1 This experiment demonstrates perfume deposition on spandex fibres. A mixture of perfume ingredients was prepared and added to an unperfumed, but otherwise conventional, laundry detergent powder, to provide a perfume concentration of 0.5t by weight.

The perfumed powder was used to wash test cloths which had not previously been treated with any perfume. These were either all cotton, or 95k cotton with 5t spandex. After washing, the cloths were rinsed and then line dried overnight.

The perfume was extracted from the dry cloths with organic solvent, and the content of the perfume ingredients in the solvent extracts was determined by gas chromatography. If the concentration of an ingredient extracted from the spandex containing cloth was greater than from the all-cotton cloth by a factor of 5 to 20, the result was coded as a medium enhancement (M). If the concentration was greater by 20 or more, it was coded high (H) and if less than 5 or not measurable, it was coded (L). The results obtained were as follows:

Ingredient EnhancementCategorylogP* * Boisambrene Forte 1714 5. 5 M B benzyl acetone M-2.0 citronellol HA'3.6 2,6-dimethyl-heptan- 2-ol 975 2. 9 L jasmacyclene 1394 2. 9 H methyl salicylate 1167 2. 3 L 2-phenylethanol 1087 1. 4 L terpinyl acetate HB'4.0 tetrahydrogeraniolHA'3.6 tetrahyrolinalol HA'3.5 Tonalid MB6.4 yara HB'3.2

* Measured on OV-1 polydimethylsiloxane (Ohio Valley) as stationary phase using capillary gc ** Measured or estimated using logP'software from ACD Inc.

Example 2 Two perfume compositions contained perfume ingredients in the specified categories, as follows:

Perfume Category A Category B within within A within within B A'but not A'B'but not B' A 46.6%5.0%4.5% B 43.8%7.5%0 C 27.6% 4.0% 29. 0% 21.2%

These were used in the procedure of the Malodour Reduction Value test, as above, using test cloths which were 95s cotton 5% spandex. For the control, unperfumed washing powder was used to wash all-cotton test cloths.

The following results were obtained: Perfume A Perfume B Perfume C Average panel 1.04 1.29 1.57 score: Control panel 2.46 2.46 2.46 score: Malodour Reduction 1.42 1.17 0.89 Value Malodour Reduction 57.7% 47.4% 36.1% Value as % of control score