It is time to accept that sustainability is not just a passing fad. More and more industries are adapting to these new concepts, and the perfume industry is no exception.
More and more fragrances are opting for formulas that are respectful of the environment, offering packaging made from recycled materials and maintaining a social commitment during their production. Such is the case of fragrances like “Ambery Vanilla” inspired by ysl black opium. It is a perfume made by Dossier; a company that stands out for its great commitment to the environment, natural products, love for oneself and respect for animal life.
Many perfumes are beginning to enter into the concept of “eco-friendly” and are formulated to be sustainable. Sustainability is the main focus of forward-thinking companies, which understand that this radical change is fundamental to the development of the industry both now and in the future.
In recent years, consumers have shown that they prefer to buy personal care products that contain natural ingredients. New generations are more accustomed to using products that are sustainable, organic and eco-friendly.
What are organic perfumes and natural perfumes?
Many people think that both concepts mean exactly the same thing, but this is not so. A natural product may not be organic, but an organic product will always be natural.
Natural products, such as essences, are of vegetable or fungal origin; like chamomile oil, or eucalyptus oil, among thousands of other products. Organic products come from organic agriculture, which means that these products are not treated with pesticides or synthetic chemicals. So, a natural scent (made with natural products) can be organic or not, depending on how it has been cultivated.
Most of the time, the ingredients used in the perfume industry are neither sustainable nor responsible, even if they are natural. For an ingredient to be sustainable, it must be produced and transported in a way that does not contribute to pollution and global warming. Only a few brands are committed to sustainability and responsible production; one of them is Dossier, which produces perfumes with such characteristics, such as the “Ambery Vanilla” fragrance, inspired by ysl black opium.
Organic products can be defined in four categories:
- 100% organic: This means that the product is made solely from organic ingredients.
- Organic: This means that more than 95% of the ingredients used to make the product are organic.
- Made with organic products: This means that more than 70% of the ingredients used to make the product are organic.
- The last category is when one or two particular products are highlighted as being organic.
Difference between natural and synthetic fragrances
Maybe you have never noticed, but perfumes and fragrances can be made with synthetic products instead of natural products. Many consumers may believe that there is no difference between one and the other, but the reality is that there is. Let’s look at this in more detail.
Let’s start by clarifying what are natural products and what are synthetic products. Natural products are plant products found in nature, such as flowers, stems, resins, leaves, spices, mosses, bark, seeds, plants, fruit peels, wood, roots, etc.
Synthetic products try to imitate the natural ones, but they are man-made. This means that they are replicated in a laboratory, and can mimic natural scents or new scents can be created, such as those that evoke marine olfactory notes.
The benefits of synthetic products are that they provide greater olfactory stability and are easier to acquire and supply. They are ecologically friendly and sustainable, and allow a wider range of fragrances, since more than 3,000 synthetic molecules have been developed that can be used to make perfumes, while natural products are only counted by the hundreds.
Considering that not all natural products are responsible and organic, it should be noted that synthetics can replace species of certain products that are overexploited, such as patchouli, vanilla and sandalwood.
What is a sustainable perfume?
In short, sustainable perfumes are produced and transported in a way that does not contribute to environmental pollution and global warming. Sustainable ingredients protect ecosystems and biodiversity, meaning they respect the living world and natural resources. Finally, it must also ensure adequate working conditions, with fair compensation.