Are you aware of what you have in your perfumes? There may be exotic ingredients you have never even fathom could be sourced into fragrance ingredient, synergizing and disguised seamlessly in your perfume!
So here is my list of to-know unique perfume ingredient that helps to shed light regarding the source of these ingredients.
Source – Sperm Whale
Ambergris is a waxy material expelled out from the sperm whale’s stomach due to indigestion of hardy ingested food and can be found floating on the oceans.
Due to it scarcity value, if you have ever found this lying around on the ocean, depending on its size, it can be sold up to millions of dollars!
In addition, it is also very likely that the ambergris ingredient found in perfumes to be produced synthetically and thus, become more affordable.
The fragrance profile of ambergris is often described to be aquatic with nuances of musk.
Source – Prickly Pear
Prickly pear is a species of cactus that can be found native to America and has been introduced to countries such as Mexico, Florida and eastern country region. It is also a popular and common succulent plant in typical households as well.
Cactus perfume scent has a perfect combination of grassy green notes and watery juiciness.
Source – Beaver
This fragrance ingredient is extracted from the beaver’s genital glands and its scent is so commonly found around us that caught many of us unaware.
The answer is Vanilla! Not only in perfumes, but castoreum are also used as flavourings in our desserts and snacks!
Fortunately, fear not, majority of vanilla flavouring and perfumery ingredients sold in the market are synthetically made!
Castoreum smells just like vanilla have good complementary traits with characteristic leather scented perfumes.
Source – Sturgeon Fish
Ever tried the expensive but highly nutritious delicacy, Caviar? Then how about trying out a caviar scented perfume?
Caviar ingredient can be sourced from the sturgeon fish eggs and is often found in Men’s colognes.
Similar to its taste, caviar scent also carries a salty and savoury fragrance.
Source – Musk Deer
Extracted from the glands of musk deer, this scent must be diluted first to be used in perfumes as its concentrated form holds a powerful scent and is unpleasant to many.
Many has the impression that musk smells animalic, but musk actually smells like clean laundry, carrying a very soothing scent.
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