Aroma chemicals are synthetically created aromatic molecules that give fragrance to perfumes and scented products. Some smell beautiful in their raw form and others can be downright unpleasant in their pure, undiluted form.
Most perfumes available on the market these days are made up of 100% aroma chemicals; especially the aquatic, fruity and clean type of designer perfumes that are the current trend today. These aromatic chemicals are incredibly stable in their performance and easy use by experienced perfume makers. In fact, they are the preferred choice of odorants for the perfumers in the perfume industry to work with.
The ongoing progress in the growth of current day technology continues to improve the process of making perfumes. This is positive advancement compared to the early days of perfume making when perfumes were totally made up with natural ingredients; both from plants and animal sources. Nowadays, most of the animal derived raw materials formerly used in perfumery are longer used due to ethical reasons.
Present day molecular scientists and alchemists are always working on making great replicates of the popular animal notes of yesteryears in their laboratory without endangering animals or the environment. Consequently, perfume makers are able to have continued access to some the fragrance notes that are essential to their perfume compositions. This is a big relief for perfume designers since some of such natural perfume ingredients formerly used in perfumes are now banned or severely restricted and impossible to source legally. A good example of this is musk. Musk was originally harvested from the glandular secretion in the pods of the Musk deer. This of course would result in the death of the deer.
However, although aroma chemicals are more readily available, using them in perfumes will require a certain level of skill and experimentation to be able to use them effectively. One would need to familiarize oneself with how much to use when creating a perfume so as not to ruin the blend. Some aroma chemicals are so strong that only trace amounts are needed in a perfume blend, while others virtually have no scent at all until they are blended with other aromatic notes.
For instance, the aroma chemical recreation of civet oil smells totally faecal in its undiluted form and lightly musky in extreme dilution. Regardless of how it smells in its pure state, it performs a magical role in a composition when a tiny amount of the diluted version is added to it. As a component of a perfume composition, it is unrivalled in how it impacts sensuality, warmth and balance to the blend.
Here Are Some Popular Aroma Chemicals:
Ambrettolide – an intense and powerful musk note.
Ambrofix – described by the manufacturer as an ambery, woody and tobacco like odor.
Cashmeren – a spicy and very diffusive musk note with floral hints.
Civet – warm sensual animal musk in extreme dilution.
Citronellyl – a fresh, fruity and rose note similar to geranium oil.
Dihydromyrcenol – a lavender, citrus and herbal lime note that is strong, fresh and clean.
Galaxolide – aclean, slightly floral musk odor.
Geraniol – a geranium and rose type fragrance.
Habanolide– valuable white musk note that adds a watery freshness to blends.
Limonene – a sweet citrus, fresh orange note that adds lift to blends.
Vanillin – a very concentrated and intense vanilla aroma.
Compared to natural perfume ingredients, aroma chemicals are more commonly used in creating the superior fragrance oils utilized for making perfume. This is because they can be easily reproduced by the manufactures to the same concise formula and consistent quality over and over again. On the whole they are more stable to use in blends and often significantly cheaper too.