In the beginning, perfume was all 'natural': distilled plants, toasted sea shells, musk & ambergris (whale vomit). Around the time of the industrial revolution, we began to see more synthetic ingredients in perfumery. But now it has gone too far. Even if we aren't concerned about the effects of hormone modulators and petroleum products, the products are inferior (with only teeny percentages of the precious oils in the bottle).
Natural and niche perfumers are distilling and blending a far superior product with way more of the actual precious oils, absolutes, and extracts.
While not normally a patient person, I get so much pleasure by blending a few oils and setting them aside. The alchemical magic that happens as the oils become a brand new substance is brilliant. Being intuitive and thoughtful at once... careful of color, substance, mood and allowing myself to be transported.
A musical instrument you can experience through sound & smell...watch the video here
Capturing a mood in a bottle, like distilling Dandelion Wine, preserves the memory -- and allows us to revisit anytime we desire.
Natural Perfumers I really, really like: