What is a natural perfume?

A natural perfume is a composition made of a blend of essential oils, absolutes and isolates made from natural aromatic compounds present in the seeds, roots, wood, bark, sap, resins, leaves, flowers and fruits of plants and trees, dissolved in an oil, wax or alcohol carrier.

– Essential oils are mixtures of volatile aromatic molecules synthesised in plants in its most concentrated form. They don’t dissolve in water (hydrophobic). They are the least bio-compatible (body friendly), because of their high concentration and need to be diluted to be safe to use.

– Essential oils are perfumes in their own right. Each perfume ingredient has its own character and complexity. Every batch of oil will also be different depending on the supplier and the chemotype (difference in plant oils due to plant species and family, geographic character, seasonal variations, climate, production technique and purity).

– Perfume carriers (fixed oils) are vegetable oils, nut butters, vegetable waxes, beeswax and alcohol.

– Synthetic “ingredients are mostly (95%) derived from petroleum. Natural essential oils contain vastly more compounds (sometimes hundreds) than synthetics, which often contain less than 5 aromatic compounds. Scents produced by chemicals are much cheaper than scents produced naturally.”[1]

  1.  www.thebotanicalsource.com