Words: Charlie Leeves
The world is an exciting place full of diverse colours and smells, from the calming scent of a country meadow in summer to the vibrant smells of spices in some far-off market. However, the world is also a delicate living organism and the creation of natural perfumes require a lot of natural resources to make them smell as heavenly as they do. But do not worry, there are alternatives in the form of synthetic fragrances which are made lab made.
What are synthetic fragrances?
Many of the greatest minds of all time have worn white lab coats, Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking to name just a few, and of course within this realm lies the great perfumers of our generation. These perfumers work in labs meticulously combining different chemical compounds to create deliciously pungent perfumes for us to wear. Synthetic fragrances, to put it simply, are mixtures of chemicals that are combined in order to create a distinct scent, such as rose or vanilla. The plus side of this is that loads of different fragrant combinations can be created and experimented with leading to wonderful, never smelt before perfume concoctions.
More bang for your buck
A major benefit of synthetic fragrances is that they can be mass produced in a laboratory for a lower cost. This results in a lower price for synthetic fragrances than natural fragrances. Now what you do with the money that you have saved is up to you, but we would recommend using it to buy another fragrance…
Not only is it a lower price but synthetic fragrance last longer than natural fragrances. Now you don’t have to worry about your perfume fading on a nervous first date or during that important meeting with your boss. It’s a win-win situation, a more price economical fragrance that’ll allow you to leave a longer lasting impression on people around you.
Typical synthetic chemicals in fragrances
Ever wondered what chemical compound it is that makes synthetic fragrances smell like the real thing? Here are just a few examples of different chemical compounds used in synthetic fragrances.
- Geraniol is used in fragrances in order to create that iconic scent of a rose. So next time you stop to smell the roses you might actually be smelling geraniol.
- Benzaldehyde has a slightly fruity scent and is also likened to almonds and cherries. This is an enigma of a scent but don’t be afraid to add this dessert sweetness of a fragrance to your life.
- Eugenol is used to add spicy yet floral notes to fragrances. It’s time to channel the 90s, so dust off your Union Jack dress because you’re about to “Spice up Your Life” with Eugenol.
- Hedione brings silky smooth jasmine notes to fragrances whilst also delivering subtle undertones of fruity citrus notes. The name derives from the ancient Greek Goddess Hedone who was the Goddess of pleasure, enjoyment and delight. Extremely fitting to its name, Hedione has brought pleasure to our lives in iconic fragrances such as Eau Sauvage by Dior.
- Coumarin is the jack of all trades when it comes to synthetic fragrances. Coumarin can be used to add the scents of almond, marzipan and most prominently vanilla. However, when diluted hazelnut and tobacco notes shine through. It is no wonder that has become a staple in fragrances for men. Check out Luna Rossa Black by Prada to see coumarin work its magic.
Don't fear the unnatural with synthetic fragrances
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