Natural Perfume FAQ

What ingredients are used in natural perfumes?

These are the materials used to create Esscentual Alchemy's natural perfumes:

  1. Essential Oils
  2. Absolutes
  3. CO2/SCO2 Extracts
  4. Tinctures
  5. Resins
  6. Natural Isolates
  7. Accords (blend of materials meant to mimic a particular scent, such as pear)
  8. 190 proof Organic Cane Alcohol

What is the difference between mass produced perfumes, and Esscentual Alchemy's perfumes?

Mass produced perfumes (such as Flower Bomb, or Chanel No. 5) have synthetic aromachemicals in them that provide extreme longevity and projection aka sillage.  You will find natural perfumes to be more "intimate" in sillage, and longevity. They wear closer to the skin, and change as time goes by. 

About perfume notes and judging a natural perfume:

All natural perfumes are individual for the wearer. They should not be judged too quickly or straight from the bottle, but worn on the skin. Most perfumes go through three stages called the top, middle and base notes.

Top notes are what you smell when you first apply or smell fragrance; generally they won't last very long. Some examples of top notes are: bergamot, rosewood, chamomile, or lavender.

The "heart" or middle note compounds the main body of a perfume. An example of some heart notes are: jasmine, rose, cinnamon, or ylang ylang.

The base notes are fixatives to help hold the strength of the perfume and add depth. They take the longest time to evaporate. Examples of base notes include: patchouli, sandalwood, vetiver, or vanilla.


What about longevity?

The longevity of any scent is dependent upon a number of factors – the two main ones are the natural condition of your skin and the volatility of the scent itself. Your skin's condition is affected by diet, moisture level, acid balance and inherent genetic chemistry. 

The volatility of a scent is dependent upon the molecular weight of the chemicals it's composed of. Lightweight molecules (like those in citrus oils or lavender) will evaporate more quickly. Heavyweight chemicals (like sandalwood or labdanum) will linger much longer.

You can prolong the life of a scent on your skin by applying an unscented lotion, cream or oil before you apply your scent.