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Essential Oil Or Perfume? Why Not Have Both?

by Ryan Ward April 05, 2018 2 min read

Essential Oil Or Perfume? Why Not Have Both?

Over the past few weeks, we've covered the history of essential oils, their uses and also some of the most popular oils used around the world today.

Only recently have we delved into the world of essential oils with the introduction of the Nightfall Elite pendant. However, you're not restricted to just essential oils or perfume any more. Interchange between the two to have access to the infinite array of possible fragrances from both worlds.

Strength 

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It'd be easy to say that essential oils win this round. They're known for having strong presence and by their very nature, they are the essence of a plant. The power of oud or eucalyptus cannot be ignored.

However, perfume can still pack a punch. There are many elements to many perfumes that essential oils cannot emulate nor compete with, or that have been elevated from subtle to strong by means of laboratory meddling.

Composition

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Again, here it'd be easy to argue for essential oils: as they're distilled from one source, the purity would surely provide better fragrance, right?

Well, sort of. This is a subjective thing. Maybe you don't want to smell of just lavender or just bergamot, and that's fine. You can blend essential oils if you want. But then again, maybe it's still missing something.

Complex fragrance profiles can sometimes be the most rewarding. The Vanacci favourite Tobacco Vanille from Tom Ford offers notes of vanilla, tonka bean, tobacco, tobacco blossom, dried fruits, spice and even woody notes. All of these elements together create a stunning fragrance that couldn't exist as an essential oil.

But complexity isn't everything. Famously, Molecule 01 perfume relies on one simple chemical, Iso E Super, which blends with the wearer's pheromones to give each person a unique fragrance. One fragrance is all there is with Molecule 01. That is, until you personalise it by wearing it.

Staying Power

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Out of the gate, essential oils are the winner. Once we sampled some high end oud and it was still present nearly three days later, despite multiple showers. The sheer power was impossible to overwhelm. However, this stuff did cost £1,000 for 3ml. That being said, many essential oils will last for hours or days just on their own. It boils down to how long you want to smell like that for.

Perfume varies and even high end perfumes report that only the base note will last after 24 hours. If you use a light fragrance, don't expect much of it to be kicking around for most of the day. Furthermore, cheaper fragrances have very little actual fragrance in them, which dissipates quickly as it's contained in a great deal of perfumer's alcohol. Don't be surprised if that £10 bottle of own brand cologne doesn't last long, Lockstone or no.

 

 

Ryan Ward
Ryan Ward


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