HOW TO MAKE NATURAL PERFUME LAST LONGER

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Posted on 05/19/2021


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Do Natural Perfumes Last Longer?


Yes and no. Fact and myth.
Let’s start with dispelling the myth: To put it simply,we can load up a natural perfume formula with notes that will peel off the skin slowly. Sandalwood, for instance, can easily last a month or more on a scent blotter. So too can various notes we associate with ‘base notes’: vanilla oleo resin, labdanum, cistus, frankincense, patchouli, ylang ylang, jasmine, vetiver, musk ambrette and even notes like Cognac.
These are all heavier molecules that may have a low impact initially but are very tenacious over time. They generally don’t fly off the skin fast, depending on personal skin biome, climate and humidity. These base notes can be used to create a natural perfume in entirety – a kind of linear structure without surprises – and also to fix more volatile top notes like those of the citrus family.
Another way to make a natural perfume last is to use some natural isolates in the formula. These are akin to concentrates and are often extracted using CO2 from raw aromatic and botanical materials. They are richer, more powerful versions of the original material. One we love using is guaiacol natural isolate which is a moody, woody, smokey note extracted from pine root.
It is therefore entirely possible for natural perfumes to be long lasting. It is up to the creativity and skill of the natural perfumer to juggle the percentages to craft the desired perfume. And the end juice might be one that can equate to those of the commercial mass market, or alternatively be a perfume of rare qualities desired by the indie market cognoscenti.


Facts about Natural Perfumes not lasting


There are some limitations on the natural perfumer. It is not easy to create a light airy citrus cologne that will also last a long time. Citrus notes are highly volatile and will evaporate fast. They can be fixed with those base notes and slowed to some degree.
Of course, it’s not strictly true that citrus flies all at once as along with the citrus will be some of those heavier molecules and, vice versa, the citrus molecules will have had a role to play during the macerating period of a perfume, in altering the state of the base notes. A perfume is a melange after all.

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