The most romantic ingredients
Floral, animalic and edible notes give us the greatest choice of ingredients that will conjur feelings of love and lust, in your next fragrance.
1. FLORAL NOTES
“Odours have a power of persuasion stronger than that of words, appearance, emotions or will”. – Patrick Suskind. So do fragrances have the same power as pheromones?
Watch a romantic movie or read a romantic novel, and you’ll be sure to see a girl getting a bright red rose from her lover (sometimes in-between the teeth, although we find this gesture a little odd).
The “queen of flowers” is perhaps one of the most well known flowers of them all, conjuring the strongest images of love. It’s often thought of as ‘feminine’ ‘floral’ and ‘powdery’, and whilst these are all true, certain species also carry a ‘fresh’ hint of ‘citrus’ as well as ‘clean’ ‘masculine’ ‘woody’ and even ‘fruity’ note.
Join us for an Open Lab session and you can chose to experiment with ‘rose damascena’ (an extract that has many notes in one single scent!), rose oxide (a natural molecule that is more metalic in it’s aroma) and ‘rose absolute’ (the essential oil who’s smell is similar to yummy turkish delight).
Read our previous post to learn more about the difference between Rose and Geranium
Now for the “king of flowers”. Also well known to conjure feelings of love and romance, it has an innate sexiness to it. Not to mention its original extraction method of enfleurage – historically this was considered the most romantic of all the extraction processes.
It’s one of the most expensive extracts used in perfumery with a scent that is heady, slightly sweet and fruity and of course animalic thanks to the molecule ‘indole’. It’s one of the main reasons why this white flower is considered so addictive and sexy, which leads us nicely into our next set of notes!
Read our previous post about how jasmine is used in a fragrance
2. ANIMALIC NOTES
A growing number of studies show the important role that body odour plays when choosing a sexual partner, with some thinking it’s linked to genetics. Let’s forget the mass market ‘clean’ scents and bring back something more ‘dirty’.
CIVET & CASTOREUM
Strong, musky ingredients but unlike the white musks you might be more familiar with. In their natural form, they come from the anal glands of the civit cat and the castor beaver (but fear not, for ethical reasons perfumers only use synthetic animalic ingredients).
In natural form civit has a strong and faecal smell. Doesn’t sound appealing right? But when diluted it becomes pleasantly sweet, musky and animalic. It adds warmth to a fragrance and when on the skin gives an enhancing effect.
The greeks would wear castoreum secretions as an aphrodisiac as a power of seduction, giving its wearer animal attraction. Castoreum smells much more leathery, bodily and lustful. It gives any wearer a sense of sensuality.
Strange and alluring. Powerful and intense. Indole is a sexy molecule. Present in white flowers such as jasmine, tuberose and orange blossom, its aroma is intimate and naughty. Why? Mainly because indole is naturally produced by our bodies, particularly in the groin region…ahem… as well as, wait for it, human faces. But trust us, it’s smell is not what you now might be thinking of!
It has a heavy, floral, overly ripe and ever so slightly sweet scent. It’s the smell of the human body and intimacy. Flowers are the plant worlds reproductive system, and indole exists in the same manner for us! In centuries gone by, a ‘good girl’ would have to wear soft scents such as violet to hide her sexuality where as a prostitute would proudly wear the oh so sensual jasmine.
Indole is also linked to the happy and sleepy neurotransmitters, serotonin and melatonin. Another reason why you might find yourself drawn to this ingredient!
3. EDIBLE NOTES
These ingredients will work wonders on those with a sweet tooth, that certain someone who loves cake and chocolate and never misses out on dessert.
Did you know that some artificial food flavourings like vanilla are made from the very same castoreum?! Sorry if you’re eating anything right now. Well, in perfumery it’s thankfully a little different. The synthetic ‘ethyl vanillin’ will give your fragrance a subtle yet sweetly desirable ‘vanilla’ aroma whilst the raw ‘vanilla absolute’ is more of a cake like vanilla that we’re used to in sweet treats. We say ‘vanilla’ in inverted commas because the vanilla we have come to know and love is an association made over time, the real thing isn’t sweet at all but just tastes like nothing if not a little bitter.
You can also use tonka bean to create a vanilla aroma if you want something that is more almondy and marzipan in it’s smell. Basically, you’ll smell like the most desirable cake in town.
Sadly there’s no molecule that actually smells like chocolate, so you’ll need to recreate it’s smell using a blend of ingredients such as patchouli, vanilla and chocolate bases like chocovan. Create your gourmand fragrance and get your taste buds (and nose) going!