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Natural Products and Fragrances

SpecialChem / Nick Morante – Feb 15, 2008

Perfume and fragrance development began in ancient Mesopotamia and Egypt but was developed and further refined by the Romans and Persians in approximately the second millennium BC. But does adding a fragrance remove the natural status of a product? Fragrances are complex mixtures of fragrant essential oils and aroma compounds, fixatives, solublizers and solvents (usually alcohol) that can be used to give the human body, objects, and living spaces a pleasant smell. They can be used to mask other undesirable odors in these same locations. They are just another ingredient in a formula. So they really should not affect the status of a natural product unless they are synthetic, contain synthetic components, or manufactured using any synthetic process. But artificially scented products are not indicative of what is stated on their ingredient label. An artificially scented product is one that does not have an aroma of its own but a scent has been added to give it its aroma. In general all ingredients in a product are required to be listed on the label.

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