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New Perfumer Natural/Synthetic Problem


New member
Apr 4, 2023
I have been using this very useful website and now i need some advices and ideas. I am a young engineer that started perfumery as a hobby but i am also planning to open a small local shop if i could be succesful enough. Please feel free to share your opinions. Thank you for your time in advance

1-) I started perfumery by being interested in essential oils so i started by being dedicated to stay %100 natural. TBH it is obvious that most synthetic materials are not more hazardous than naturals so im not sure what to think. I think it would be good to have “all natural” label. At least that could be my selling point and achievement since i wont be the best perfumer. But also im aware that this limitation seems pointless. Please share your opinion with this topic.

2-) Also I am wondering if synthetic natural identical molecules can be used in natural perfumery?

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Basenotes Plus
Mar 26, 2022
In the US the FDA allows anything to be labeled as "natural" because it has no working definition. In fact, some "natural" brands are engaged in deceptive marketing. In terms of safety, the important thing is to understand IFRA standards. Some materials, including naturals, should not be used in perfumery.


Well-known member
Oct 25, 2007
Welcome to you Sunnerlone! Enjoy your time here at Basenotes! :)


Well-known member
Apr 17, 2007
Welcome. IMO, pointless to claim all natural. Even perfumers that utilize natural ingredients still have synthetics because naturals don't typically perform well on their own in many instances. Personally, I would never gravitate to whole foods, a CBD store, or what have you to seek out essential oils. I don't enjoy wearing oils not do I feel they perform well. While the creation of a fragrance is left to artistic manifestation, knowing the basic chemistry and construction of a fragrance would be a good place to start. There are so many variable ways to go about this and I suppose this is why we have distinction from say, a Creed from a Chanel, or a Dior, or a YSL.

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