Perfumes at War - synthetic scents vs natural scents

The war between natural scents and synthetic scents.

First of all, I think it's safe to say that the majority of us loves a good perfume fragrance and even more so when we're actually the one wearing it.

So what's the issue?

I just want to smell nice!

Well, apparently there's a big issue between using the two and here's why...


Synthetic perfume

  • made up of a long list of complex ingredients
  • may contain a very small percentage of natural aromatics
  • mostly, if not entirely, made from synthetic and artificial compounds derived from petroleum and natural gas, known as petrochemicals
  • where the starting point of a compound was natural, the chemical process of it would have dramatically altered its chemical structure rendering it non-natural


 Natural perfume

  • made up of a much more simple list of ingredients that is considerably less than its synthetic counterpart
  • made from oils and isolate compounds derived from botanical ingredients extracted from the earth such as plants, flowers, leaves, bark, roots, zest of fruits, resins, berries, peels, stems, grasses, petals, woods, and seeds
 Environment & Health Impact

 Synthetic perfume

  • ingredients can be toxic and very irritable to the body
  • can have many side effects that can trigger allergic reactions, migraines, asthma attacks, nausea, eczema and other sensitivities
  • these are replicated lab made scents from nature that avoids environmental damage

 Natural perfume

  • helps provide psychological and physical therapeutic benefits
  • bringing emotional and physical well-being
  • safer with little to no allergic reactions or side effects
  • generally much healthier and provide the scents for a greener lifestyle
  • can have a damaging effect on the environment to obtain these scents

 Staying Power

Each individual's skin is different, so longevity of a fragrance on a person will vary but generally;

 Synthetic perfume

  • due to their complex list of ingredients and preservatives (parabens & phthalates being the most popular & commonly used), they tend to be much stronger and longer lasting, so at times can come across as overpowering due to their synthetic fixatives

 Natural perfume

  • due to their lack of non-synthetic fixatives, even when natural fixatives are used, generally natural perfumes tend not to be overpowering and will emit its scent within a few feet of your body. When you leave the room, your fragrance will leave with you and will not attempt to consume all the oxygen in the room

 Synthetic perfume

  • less expensive and easier to produce a scent in a laboratory
  • cost-effective manufacturing of aromas allows scent notes to either be replicated or newly created
  • form a much larger scent library compared to the natural counterpart

 Natural perfume

  • more expensive than synthetics due to the rare ingredients and environmental factors, e.g. time of harvesting, exporting etc
  • has a scent library that is considerably smaller and limited

So we have:

Natural perfumes, that are growing in popularity but have also said to have their downsides when it comes to the environment.

Synthetic perfumes, although being stronger, longer lasting and varying greatly in scents, are being exposed for their toxicity.

So what are we to do for a good scent?

Oh but wait!

Did you know that there is a third option?

Fragrance-free you say!

Well for those of you that prefer to just enjoy the all natural body fragrance of a person, you could be onto something.

Now...I don't mean that negative body scent that diffuses itself as no no!

We are talking about that all natural human being body scent known as pheromones.

Apparently, the best fragrance could be the all-natural pheromone scent of a human being. It's the most natural fragrance known to man, it's actually what is supposed to attract you to a person.

It's out there, it's totally completely and utterly free and you've already got it.

Truth be told...

I used to buy your usual name brand expensive high street perfumes. I especially liked receiving them as gifts at birthday and Christmas times but over time and as I got older I wasn't reacting very well to them when they came into contact with my skin.

The worst reactions I had was on my chest where I would break out in big itchy rashes that travelled down my arms, sometimes broke my skin, lasted for days and left scars and dark patches once it went away.

This lead to me eventually giving away unopened perfumes as gifts, dwindling down my perfume collection and making sure that not one spritz spray drop touched my skin when using the ones that I had left.

But then discovered my options...

I just prefer to make my own. I prefer a combination of both synthetic and natural fragrances, with the natural ingredients outweighing the synthetic ingredients by far.

I love the scents and health benefits of a natural fragrance but then I also like the varieties of scents and longevity of a synthetic fragrance, so I combine a selection of scent notes of the two with the synthetic notes giving just a kick boost to the fragrance and when properly diluted unique parfums are created. Even with the low percentage of synthetic notes used, I don't have any negative reactions.

The fragrances seem lighter, cleaner and fresher, not overpowering and suit me just fine.

So there you have it!

Many factors play a part in the decision on the perfume path one wants to take.

Natural, synthetic or good ol' pheromones? At the end of the day, it all comes down to personal preference.

Your choice! You decide!