Perfumery Terms

What Is a Synthetic In Perfumery?

Synthetics are artificial compounds that are commonly used in perfumery to imitate a natural aroma or represent an aroma that cannot be obtained from a physical item in nature. Synthetic aromatic materials are manufactured in laboratories and despite containing non-natural ingredients, they are considered favorable in creating a custom perfume as opposed to developing a fully natural fragrance blend. The aromas scientifically created may not exist in nature, but a perfumer can blend elements to create a very similar or near identical aroma to mimic a scent impression consistently every time.

Fragrance blends formulated with synthetic materials are known to have higher complexity, more variation, stronger lasting power and are typically less expensive than natural fragrances.   However, similar to natural ingredients, the potential for an allergic reaction on the skin can still exist. This is why patch testing a small area of the skin, such as the forearm, is highly recommended prior to fully wearing any scent, whether natural or a synthetic blend, to avoid irritation from potentially occurring. With regulated safety measures and overall consistencies, synthetics are considered essential in perfume formulation. They provide the ability of thousands more scent combinations to blend and create new and distinctive fragrance complexes.

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The Growing Popularity of Unisex Fragrances

Identifying a fragrance as “unisex” is in reference to its targeted appeal to all genders. When it comes to “categorizing” a fragrance as unisex, or for no particular gender, it can be a very subjective evaluation. What connotes a unisex fragrance? What are the qualifications and/or deciding factors in the development process?

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Fragrance Longevity 101

We’ve all experienced or heard others proclaim “I love this perfume but it doesn’t last very long.” What qualifies as “long lasting” in a perfume? What contributes to a perfume's ability to be long lasting or have “wear longevity”? What is the average time a perfume should last on your skin? Fragrance longevity is essentially the length of time the olfactory presence stays detectable on the skin of the wearer. It’s not an easy straightforward time period for all perfumes.

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Why Gourmand Perfumes Are So Universally Appealing

Reference to the term gourmand primarily focuses on a connoisseur of food. A person who enjoys and appreciates good food, good wine and good company with which to enjoy it. So it seems very natural to attach this same appreciation to a gourmand fragrance in the perfume industry. The broad characteristic of a gourmand fragrance or perfume is that it smells edible.

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