Unfounded Beliefs About Natural Vs. Synthetic Fragrances


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The perfume world harbors some strongly-held notions about ingredients derived from nature rather than the lab. However not all assumptions of natural perfume superiority stand up to logic and data.

As sustainable science continues improving synthetic mimetics let’s examine three myths about naturals vs. synthetics.

Myth 1: Naturals Smell Better

The belief persists that flowers oils resins and animal secretions like civet offer an unreplicable scent profile superior to synthetic reproductions. In truth when expertly crafted synthetic ingredients capture the complexity of naturals excellently.

In blind smell tests consumers struggle noticing any difference.

Myth 2: Naturals are Safer

Natural ingredients seem intuitively gentler than lab formulas with long chemical names. However naturally derived chemicals cause allergic reactions too.

Poison ivy is 100% natural. Further many naturals require harvesting techniques harmful to scarce plant or animal populations.

Myth 3: Artificial Notes Seem “Cheap”

Some summarily dismiss synthetic notes like iso E super as seeming too economical next to precious oudh and rose oils. In truth high-quality synthetics developed over years offer both ethical and practical perfume production otherwise impossible with rare naturals.

Perfumers celebrate these scientific advances.


Synthetic fragrance technology continues rapidly innovating more sustainable ethical options not inferior knockoffs. Keep an open mind to both sides as the line increasingly blurs between two skilled arts— chemistry and perfumery.