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Acetone (Propanone, Dimethyl Ketone or Alice Keaton/Mesitria Syndesmides) is one of the main characters of Chemical Culture. She is the first member of the Ketones. She has her own nail salon, named "Carbonyl Nail Salon", which has some other Chemicals as employees and serves humans. She is often seen together with Ethyl Acetate who is also her co-worker in the nail salon. Acetone is often referred to as "Propanone II" despite being the only Chemical to be named as "Propanone".


Acetone has pale light skin, brown eyes and golden-coloured hair. She curls parts of her hair and pins them to the sides of her head. She is slim and not very tall. Acetone wears red, light pink, light blue and white clothes. Acetone's uniform coat is red and the shirt is light blue.

Acetone wears metal-framed glasses as an accessory. She began doing this to look more human-like in the 1830s and kept it because she liked it.

Personality, relationships and family

Acetone is very optimistic; she always looks at things from the brightest possible side. She is a sweet, tolerant, extrovert and talkative person. She likes cleaning things and helping others. Despite these, Acetone is very aggressive sometimes and she shouts at others a lot when she is angry.

Acetone is friends with many other Chemicals and visits them a lot. Isopropyl Alcohol is both her mother and daughter. Although Chemicals can have family relations that are strange to humans, the case of Acetone and Isopropyl Alcohol's motherhood is weird for Chemicals. Acetone has had many consorts as she is an industry pioneer.


Before the 1920s

Acetone was first recorded in 1606, in Germany. Around 1610-1670 she was very popular among alchemists. Acetone was named “Maiden of Saturn” in this era because they thought she was a lead compound (as Lead Acetate's child). She lost her popularity in the 18th century and lived as an artist and a poet. Nobody was concerned about her until the 1830s. Chemists of the 19th century were interested in her. She was named "Mesitria" which meant "the mediator" in Greek, she never used this name.

After the 1840s, she worked as Chloroform's handmaid until the 1910s. She envied Diethyl Ether.

In the 1830s Acetone had five children (Mesityl Oxide, Mesitylene, Diacetone Alcohol, Phorone, and Isophorone) from herself. Acetone was named "Acetone" at that time while she lived in France. She lived together with Phenol and created Bisphenol A at the beginning of the 1890s. Phenol loved her more than anything but the fact that Acetone never felt anything towards him always scared Phenol. Phenol tried everything to impress her; Phenol made a painting of Acetone to convince her. Later they broke up; Acetone went back to Germany and Bisphenol A lost. Acetone lived a normal life in the 1900s and worked at a university. In 1912, she was required to work at a university in Britain; Acetone didn’t know English, hence she gave lectures in German. Acetone was happy and had money. However, it took time to realise for her when the war broke out. Acetone was forced to work in an explosives factory. She lost all contact with other Chemicals or met different Chemicals.

After 1920

2 years after The Great War ended, Acetone decided to open a business. She wanted to work with humans. It is unknown why she chose to open a nail salon. In 1936 one of her grandchildren, Methyl Methacrylate introduced a new glass-like plastic named “Plexiglas”; this material was used in WWI aircraft and this made Acetone call out Methyl Methacrylate for her creation being used in war, ironic for someone who worked in a Cordite factory.

Methyl Methacrylate (2020)

Acetone employed several other Chemicals in her shop (such as Ethyl Acetate, Butyl Acetate and now-retired Acetonitrile).