Common perfumery mistakes and inaccuracies that no one is talking about or addressing
1- Synthetic oud and musk makes your eyes water and causes skin irritation
- No, not necessarily, actually a natural oil, which might cause these effects rather than a synthetic one.
2- I can tell the difference between a synthetic oil from a 100% natural oil easily by scent and smell alone
- No, you can’t, you may be able to recognize some components of natural oil or some components of synthetic oil. However, you can’t conclusively identify if the oil is 100% natural or synthetic from the scent alone. Anyone who has studied perfumery or chemistry professionally knows this fact. Unfortunately, many brands and people are promoting this false claim as an easy way to take advantage of others. The only real way to know if an oil is 100% natural or not is only when it is tested in a lab.
3- Natural oil will never feel harsh on the eyes or the skin, and it doesn’t matter how much you wear; it will always be safe and wearable.
- Wrong, have you ever used or smelled black pepper oil, chilly oil, anise oil? If you have, then you wouldn’t make bold statements like this because these oils will not only make you sensitive, sneeze, or make your eyes red but if it’s in a pure form, it can even cause some people to experience heavy breathing. Yes, it is used in perfumery both natural and manufactured.
4- A natural oil will never make you sneeze or sensitize you if you have an allergy or scent sensitivity that is only with synthetic and low-quality manufactured oils.
- Really, so spices in all its varieties are synthetic and low quality manufactured?
5- There are no such things as pure ambergris oils, Kinam oil or first bride cut rose oil
- No there are, and I can prove it, SCIENTIFICALLY!
6- If you want to test if rose oil to discover it’s genuinely authentic, just put it in the fridge if it freezes, then it’s real
- No, not always, this got to do with many things like the extraction method, the oil itself, from where the oil originates. The only 100% decisive way is to test it in a lab.
7- You can to test agarwood oil, oud oil drops by putting a drop into a glass of water if it floats it’s natural if it sinks it’s synthetic and fake
- Again, not necessarily, this test again depends on the type of oil, how it was made, was it mixed with a natural carrier and its age. Funnily enough, some of the best and rarest natural oils I have tested sank in water like a brick, and this doesn’t mean that any oil that sinks is natural and pure.
8- One good way to test a natural oil is to use it on your skin to discover if it’s strong and lasts then it’s pure and natural and if it doesn’t last or doesn’t project as much then it’s not natural
- Wrong, the oil doesn’t last as long the more natural and purer the oil is, which is why most designer perfumes last for many hours not because it’s pure and natural but because it’s synthetic. For a natural oil to last it must be done or distilled with the intention and using the knowledge to make it last otherwise it won’t last very long.
9- Major brand name perfumes provide great products, and you get real value for your money
- Not at all, brand names perfumes are usually cheap, synthetic, and contain low-quality chemicals, which have been mass produced by a large corporation and companies with one goal in mind, minimizing cost and maximizing profit.
10- When you buy an expensive major brand name perfume you are paying for the juice inside
- Not at all, when you buy perfume from a major brand name you are paying for the brand's name, the marketing, the advertisements, the shelves, the staff, the bottle, and the packaging. Finally, the thing that you pay the least amount of money is for the juice, and actually, in most cases, the juice inside the bottle of a major brand name costs about 1% of what you are paying. Yes, that’s one percent.
11- I need to spend lots of money and buy major expensive designer perfumes to smell good
- Not true, you can smell good, and it only costs you a few dollars. Also, expensive doesn’t necessarily mean a better smell. Some of the most expensive and rare oils will probably smell very pungent or strange to most people. Also, no, few people will recognize an aged Hainan, Kinam or even an old Cambodian.