Category: ‘natural’

Hiram Green Arbolé Arbolé, 2016

Perfumer Hiram Green A justifiable complaint against much of natural perfumery is that the compositions can be muddied and vague. Blending botanicals, even when using isolates, can be tricky. Compositions with a limited number of components keep the materials’ personalities front and and center but don’t compel them reveal anything new. When too many materials are used the composition loses…

Aftelier Perfumes Vanilla Smoke (edp), 2015

  ‘Vanilla’ is a crossover note found in both natural and mainstream perfumery. But notes aren’t necessarily materials. ‘Vanilla’ notes in contemporary dessert-style gourmands and orientals likely have as much actual vanilla in them as the ‘vanilla snow’ flavor at my local frozen yogurt joint does. Synthetic vanilla materials have been around since the days of early modern perfumery when…