|Components of Perfumes|
A lot of perfume lovers don’t know that some of fragrances contain substances produced from animals. Here are some interesting facts: ambergris is obtained from the sperm of whale, musk is a specific substance from the scent gland of the Asian musk deer, castoreum is produced from the scent sacs of the American beaver and civet musk is derived from the gland of petite African and Asian mammal. The most common sources of animal perfume ingredients are honeycombs. It is to be mentioned that the majority of these substances can be produced artificially, which is less expensive and more ethical.
Scientists discovered that it’s not necessary to obtain essential oils from plants and animals, the identical substances could be made artificially. Synthetic oils are less expensive than natural extracts. Even the most difficult-to-create fragrances such as Calone (the fragrance of ocean breeze) are reproduced for perfume industry. “Fragrant oil” is the name for synthetically made substances and “essential oil” is used for saturated extracts of plants. One should differ these two conceptions.
Perfumes also contain different chemicals, which are undesirable components from health point of view. They are used for extension of fragrance life, to copy the smell of natural substances or to dissolve other components of perfumes. Some of chemicals in perfumes are toxic and people with allergies should avoid them. About five hundred of chemical components can be added to perfumes.
The most common among them are:
1. Benzyl alcohol.
5. Ethyl acetate.
Some chemicals in perfume may contain resin and coal.
The formula of perfumes is kept in great secrecy since it protects famous perfume brands from copying of their fragrances. Regular people are not interested in investigating the process of producing and the components of perfumes they like, but for people with allergies it’s very important to know the structure of perfume they are going to smell.