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Perfumes and fragrances have been around for an exceedingly long time, and they are something that has changed immensely over the last hundred years or so. Many modern fragrances use synthetic ingredients as they can be easier to make, but there are many benefits for using organic and natural ingredients in perfumes. Below are some of the elements that are found in organic old scent recipes and why they are better than synthetic ones.
Synthetic perfumes and fragrances can be made using a more straightforward process than some of the old-style ones, as the process to get the natural ingredients can be time-consuming and long-winded. When you choose an organic and natural scent, you can benefit from emotional and physical healing effects from the essential oils, and natural fragrances are less likely to irritate your lungs, cause nausea, or trigger migraines. There is no testing on animals, so organic perfumes are suitable for vegetarians and vegans, and they contain no harmful chemicals, so they are also environmentally friendly.
There is a saying which states that if something is not broken, do not fix it, and it is the same with perfumes. For hundreds of years, the same natural ingredients have been used by Master Perfumers to create their scents, and choices are abundant when it comes to selecting the components. Some popular ones that are used as much today as they were hundreds of years ago are:
These are just a handful of some of the natural ingredients that you will find in traditional organic perfume recipes, and the scent can be layered with the different fragrances to help create an entirely unique scent.
One of the oldest perfumes which are still in production today is Eau de Cologne, which was first created on the banks of the river Rhine in Germany, and the exact recipe is still a secret. However, the raw ingredients are oil of bergamot, oil neroli bigarade, oil of neroli pétale, hand-pressed oil of lemon, and alcohol. A lower quality version of this fragrance may also include orange peel, oil of rosemary, and petitgrain, while a basic version of this scent will be made from bergamot, lemon, lavender, and alcohol only.
You will find that many modern fragrances will use a lot of the same ingredients and base oils as they have for many years, and there are five oils that you will commonly find in scents today. One of the most popular ones is lavender, which is a fragrance that everyone is familiar with, and the second most popular is vanilla, another scent that we all know. Gardenia is another floral scent which is a base for many fragrances, along with grapefruit which gives off a citrus smell. The last one on the list is patchouli, which has a sweet but earthy scent, and before becoming popular in the 1970s was used as a moth repellent on clothes exported from India.
If you wish to try making your own fragrance or have one professionally created for you, these are the five popular base oils, but with so many organic ingredients available, the possibilities are almost endless.