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  • Fragrance

    Posted by Dimati on July 23, 2020 at 2:27 pm

    Hello everybody
    What can you tell us about Fragrance?
    Does it only include essential oils ?  Its just that i often see ingredients such as limonene, linalool, citronellol in the composition. Or can you do just essential oils?

    Where can you read about developing fragrance?

    I know that there are perfumery workshops. Better to go there than to toil yourself?

    Thanks a lot

    KingRoland78 replied 3 years, 10 months ago 3 Members · 4 Replies
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  • letsalcido

    Member
    July 23, 2020 at 6:03 pm

    If you see the word “fragrance” in the ingredient list, it’s possible that it not only contains essential oils. It may also contain natural isolated compounds and synthetics.

    Linalool, Citronellol and limonene (among others) are known allergens and regulated in Europe. Therefore, they must be listed if present (even if it’s coming from another ingredient in the list: essential oil or fragrance). It does not necessarily mean they added them as isolated compounds.

    You can create an essential oil mix and use that as your fragrance, and you’ll have two options to list it. You can list the individual oils/extracts by their INCI, or you can “hide them” and list them as just fragrance. I suggest doing more research on this. The FDA has some regulations of what can be listed as fragrance and what can’t.

    There’s a good channel for learning the basics on youtube called “Perfumer’s World” that you can checkout.

  • Dimati

    Member
    July 24, 2020 at 1:15 pm

    If you see the word “fragrance” in the ingredient list, it’s possible that it not only contains essential oils. It may also contain natural isolated compounds and synthetics.

    Linalool, Citronellol and limonene (among others) are known allergens and regulated in Europe. Therefore, they must be listed if present (even if it’s coming from another ingredient in the list: essential oil or fragrance). It does not necessarily mean they added them as isolated compounds.

    You can create an essential oil mix and use that as your fragrance, and you’ll have two options to list it. You can list the individual oils/extracts by their INCI, or you can “hide them” and list them as just fragrance. I suggest doing more research on this. The FDA has some regulations of what can be listed as fragrance and what can’t.

    There’s a good channel for learning the basics on youtube called “Perfumer’s World” that you can checkout.

    Thank you very much, your answer helped me a lot.
    So I can quite make a good scent without isolated compounds (Only with essential oils)? 
    Do they add isolated compounds to bring out a particular scent more strongly?

  • letsalcido

    Member
    July 25, 2020 at 1:22 am

    @Dimati yes, you can find good information online and on youtube.

    But yes, it is possible to enhance certain notes with others. For example, base notes are exactly used in that way, to “carry” or enhance certain lighter top notes.

    This is a field of study on its own, so you’ll have to do your own research because I am no expert and a thread on a forum could not be enough to explain it all anyways. You should try things out on your own to experience them yourself, just reading about it won’t do much good either.

  • KingRoland78

    Member
    July 25, 2020 at 6:15 am

    Perfumer’s Apprentice sells aroma chemicals that many people use in their fragrance formulas.  Timbersilk or ISO E Super are very good to help balance your formula.  

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