Here at Waft, we pride ourselves in using a large amount of high quality natural essences and extracts for our beautiful and unique creations. We are often asked if our creations are 100% natural and the answer to that is no, our perfumers at IFF use a blend of natural and manmade ingredients to create fascinating accords for unique signatures.
There are some plants that simply do not produce a good yield of essential oil (for example, muguet) which means it makes more sense to re-create the fragrance in the lab. IFF also uses headspace technology to analyse the scent of many plants, even a rose they sent to space with NASA in 1998 (and yes, it smells different!). This data is then used by perfumers to replicate the odour of the plant for a natural and true to life smell.
There is also a common misconception that high quality fragrances contain only natural ingredients or that manmade ingredients are used to cheapen the formula. That is not true! Moreover if solely natural ingredients were used, iconic masterpieces such as Chanel No. 5 (Chanel, 1921) [aldehydes] and Shalimar (Guerlain, 1925) [ethylvanillin] would not have been possible!
Now you may be thinking, isn't going natural safer and less toxic? For more on this Natural vs Manmade debate, go on to read more on our blog! https://blog.waft.com