What Does Maturation Mean In Perfumery?

Maturation is a term used in the development process to convey a “timed” process.  In simplest terms, maturation is the aging of the oil.  The overall aging protocol allows the oil to become more fragrant as the scent matures over time.  This process takes place before the oil is diluted in alcohol and water (depending on the format).  The mixture is typically then placed in a cool, dark environment where it can develop and remain untouched on average between 2-7 days depending on the fragrance elements.  

Some fragrance oil mixtures can require maturation for a few weeks or even a few months, depending on the complexity and how much concentration of resinous material is contained in the solution.  In order to create and sell a guaranteed high quality fragrance, allowing it to undergo the maturation process is essential, especially in regard to the perfume's longevity and ability to emit a strong, desirable aroma.