10-10-2013, 02:49 PM
I think this is a difficult question to ponder because certain scents lend themselves to be reproduced artificially, whereas others don't. One example of an artificially derived scent that comes to mind is oud. Natural oud is expensive to gather and process and the prices reflect this cost, whereas artificial oud is obviously much less expensive and can have the tendency to smell, well, artificial but does closely resemble natural oud.
10-11-2013, 12:38 PM
When available, and I can afford it, I usually prefer essential oils over fragrance oils. For example, a good lavender essential oil smells wonderful whereas some artificially produced lavender scent can be pretty nasty. On the other hand, a fine rose essential oil is very very expensive so for scenting purposes a rose fragrance oil might have to be used.
11-21-2013, 10:25 PM
I prefer natural fragrances, they smell better, however I understand the need for synthetics like musk and civet. Compare a natural fragrance like MFK Cashmere Oud to a synthetic like Tom Ford Oud. I'm not saying TF is bad, it's just the MFK is far more intriguing because of it's ingredients.
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