A Perfumers Journal

  • Ingredient Focus: Violets

      Violet flowers have a soft, tender aura, a bit similar to iris, and smell powdery and romantic. Aroma compounds present in violets known as ionones play a central role...

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  • Ingredient Focus: Neroli & Orange Blossom

    Orange blossom and neroli are among the most important ingredients in perfumery. Both are extracted from the flowers of the bitter orange tree but with different methods of extraction and...

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  • Ingredient Focus: Patchouli

    Related to the mint family, patchouli (aka Pogostemon patchouli) is a bush with purple-white flowers that grows mainly in India and western China. Its leaves produce the essential oil of...

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  • Ingredient Focus: Vetiver

    Native to India, vetiver is now also cultivated in Java, Haiti, Indonesia, China and the Reunion island. Vetiveria Zizanoides is a tall grass that grows up to two meters high...

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  • Ingredient Focus: Amber

    In perfumery, amber has nothing to do with the yellow-brown resin gemstone which bears the same name and doesn’t have any scent but is a reference to ambergris.                As...

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  • Ingredient Focus: Bergamot

    Bergamot is one of those ingredients you might have seen in perfume descriptions without knowing exactly what it is. You would be surprised to learn it is one of the...

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