Category: Perfumer Raw Materials


Neroli, blossom of the bitter orange tree

By Lola,

Neroli oil is an essential oil extracted by steam distillation from the blossom of the bitter orange tree. Its sweet citrus scent is complex imparting notes of honey, green, spice and flowers. Anne Marie Orsini, Princess of Nerola, Italy, introduced the essence of bitter orange tree as a fashionable fragrance… View more..

Smell of Leather

By Lola,

The scent of leather is produced naturally using raw materials like birch tar, styrax, castoreum and rock rose. It is also often produced via the use of innovative lab molecules. View more..

Orchid, family of 28,000 species

By Lola,

The Orchid family (Orchidaceae) includes around 28,000 species of all shapes, colours and aromas. Some orchids are highly fragrant, many however (some 25%) are odourless. Those with fragrance emit a widely varied spectrum of nuances. Everything from coconut and raspberry to jasmine and cinnamon, not to mention some species with… View more..

What the F-ragrance is an Indole?

By Lola,

Indole (adjective indolic) is a chemical compound synthesized but also occuring naturally in floral notes like jasmine and tuberose.  which smells floral at low concentrations, fecal at high concentrations. A very common perfumery term, indoles usually impart a narcotic (strong floral), ripe or animalic character. As an aside indoles also… View more..

Nutmeg, sweet…spicy…psychedelic

By Lola,

nutmeg
  Nutmeg possesses a sweet, spicy, woody odour profile. The essential oil obtained by steam distillation of ground nutmeg is used widely in perfumery. Nutmeg, during the Middle Ages was known as a valuable commodity by Muslim sailors from the port of Basra traded and sold to the Venetians for… View more..

Vetiver root – deep, sweet, earthy and complex

By Lola,

vetiver-root
Vetiver is a bunchgrass , (ie grasses that usually grow as singular plants in clumps or bunches). Vetiver is mainly cultivated for the fragrant essential oil distilled from its roots (via steam distillation). Due to its excellent fixative properties, vetiver is used widely in perfumes. The island of Réunion is… View more..

Ambergis, Grey Amber of the Sea

By Lola,

Ambergris or grey amber, is a solid wax, a bi-product of decaying sperm whale vomit. Freshly-produced ambergris has a marine, fecal odour. However, as it ages, it acquires a sweet, earthy scent. Although ambergris used to be very highly valued by perfumers as a fixative (allowing the scent to last… View more..