Natural Ingredients

As the current generation becomes more drawn to ethical manufacturing, organic products, and natural ingredients, synthetic materials in perfumes have been a hot topic for discussion, debating the benefits of using natural ingredients vs synthetic ingredients in perfume. 

There is a general misconception that synthetic fragrances are not as good as natural fragrances. This confusion occurs because people believe that materials from nature are always the better choice.  Many believe that 100% natural perfumes are more sustainable and eco-friendlier, however, this is not necessarily true.

In this article, we shine a light on the misguided presumptions about synthetics and their use in perfumes. Surprisingly, when it comes to perfume, synthetic ingredients can be more beneficial than natural ones.

So, here’s our quick guide to synthetic vs. natural fragrances.

Synthetics and Perfume Go Way Back

The utilisation of synthetic ingredients in perfumery goes way back to the end of the 19th century. The perfume industry as we know it would not exist today without these products. The most celebrated perfumes are a result of a harmonious blend of natural and synthetic materials.

If a perfumer is limited to only a natural palette of raw materials, compositions can often become heady, heavy, and lack refinement. Adding synthetic materials such as alcohol (and others) allows perfumers to diversify, lighten, and refine their fragrances. 

Still today, the savviness of the perfumer in creating an original and unique fragrance is to find the ideal balance between the beauty of natural essences and the diversity of synthetic ingredients.

Why Are Natural Fragrances in Perfume Less Stable?

What we refer to as “naturals” are typically ingredients that are extracted directly from natural materials such as plants, fruit, flowers, wood, spices, and resins.

Although there are so many naturals to fall in love with, the perfume industry demands that fragrances live up to certain expectations for performance, strength, quality, and consistency.

Unfortunately, this poses a big challenge to perfumers tasked with only using natural materials because they tend to have short lives, are unpredictable, can be difficult to get, and are best suited for small production.

Sustainability is also a concern, as demand increases for natural fragrances, there is an increase in deforestation, which has a negative toll on the environment. Additionally, natural materials are affected by climate change which can cause availability issues, resulting in unstable prices and supply.

What Are Synthetic Products?

Synthetic products are manmade using chemical processes. They are created either from a base of natural materials or from other substances which are developed to replicate a natural material.  Some synthetics replace naturals that aren’t available anymore such as musk which is now banned in the industry because it comes from animal sources.

Benefits Of Using Synthetic Fragrances

For perfumers, synthetics are readily available compared to naturals. With the use of synthetics, a perfumer has a broader palette to create varied, interesting, and unique perfumes.

Additional benefits:

  • Greater stability, making perfume formulas easier to work with
  • Consistent quality
  • The perfume has a richer, longer-lasting, and more intense fragrance than a stand-alone essential oil.
  • Easily mass-produced
  • Greater shelf
  • Availability and cost implications are generally less volatile.

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