WHY DON’T NATURAL FRAGRANCES LAST AS LONG AS DESIGNER FRAGRANCES?
Synthetics are more intense, whereas naturals are subtle and soft.
Fragrance is complex. Commonly a perfume / cologne formula can include 15-50 different fragrant materials to make up an aroma, plus the base ingredient and any other additives that might be included.
For natural fragrance, the ingredient list is simple – a combination of natural extracts for scent, natural alcohol or plant oil, water, possibly a natural anti-oxidant to maintain shelf life and occasionally glycerine.
When it comes to synthetic fragrances the list of ingredients is vastly different.
Synthetic fragrance is composed of synthetic ingredients. These molecules are engineered to maintain their scent for longer and virtually stay the same. Unlike natural ingredients which by their very nature will break down over the minutes and hours and expose many different notes as they do.
In addition synthetic fragrance contain many other chemicals additives designed to help the scent adhere to the skin and last longer and project a stronger scent trail.
WHY DO SOME NATURAL FRAGRANCES LAST LONGER THAN OTHERS?
You may have noticed a great deal or variance in the longevity of natural fragrances from brand to brand and even from one scent to another within the same brand. These variances are caused by factors, including:
WHAT ARE BASE, MIDDLE, TOP NOTES?
Fragrance is described with a musical metaphor as having three notes, which together produce the harmonious chord of the scent. The notes unfold over time with the immediate impression of the top note leading to the deeper middles notes and the base notes gradually appearing as the final stage. These notes are carefully created with the knowledge of the evaporation of the fragrance.
Smell works 40 times faster than the thought process in the brain. A scent can immediately take you back to a moment or emotion.
WHY CAN A COLOUR OF NATURAL FRAGRANCE CHANGE?
The colour of a natural fragrance comes from the essential oils that have been used in each fragrance.
The colours of essential oils can very from crop to crop due to weather conditions, for example once crop of essential oils may be more of brighter orange than the crop before if there has not been enough rain and this may have an effect of the essential oils by having the colour change.
Just on how weather can have an impact on a crop of fruit or vegetables, the same can happen with essential oils in relation each colour of an essential oil.
HOW DO YOU MAKE NATURAL FRAGRANCES LAST LONGER ON YOUR SKIN?
Some tips to help your natural fragrance (perfume / cologne) go the distance…
WHAT IS SCIENTIFIC PROOF THAT NATURAL ESSENTIAL OILS CAN HELP BOOST YOUR MOOD?
Documental proof or testings have been carried out by aromatherapists, doctors and research scientists. Studies and research are ongoing so it is recommended that each essential oil should be checked for it’s benefits before use.
HOW ARE ESSENTIAL OILS / NATURAL FRAGRANCES / AROMATHERAPY REGULATED?
Regulations or user of any fragrances or essential oils must conform to the International body called IFRA and the Research Centre RIFM for their approval.
Please also check with your local regulatory body which in Australia is Therapeutic Goods Association in Canberra.