A study in 2001 found that 3.8% of the general population patch tested was allergic to it. The questionable part of numbered perfumery naming is the idea to openly mark perfume #XXX (say, #105) as either “type” or “version”, or “аромат направления” (literally “aroma in the direction of”) of a well-known perfum. This newer classification method is widely used in retail and the Lancome makeup industry, created in 1983 by the perfume consultant Michael Edwards. The new scheme simplifies classification and naming, as well as showing the relationships among the classes.


Ingredients and compounds can usually be ruled out or identified using gas chromatograph smellers, which allow individual chemical components to be identified both through their physical properties and their scent. One of the most commonly used classes of synthetic aromatics by far are the white musks. These materials are found in all forms of commercial perfumes as a neutral background to the middle notes. These musks are added in large quantities to laundry detergents in order to give washed clothes a lasting “clean” scent. Between the 16th and 17th centuries, perfumes were used primarily by the wealthy to mask body odors resulting from infrequent bathing. In 1693, Italian barber Giovanni Paolo Feminis created a perfume water called Aqua Admirabilis,today best known as eau de cologne; his nephew Johann Maria Farina took over the business in 1732.

Guerlain, for example, offered an eau de Cologne version of its flagship perfume Shalimar. In contrast to classical colognes, this type of modern cologne is a lighter, diluted, less concentrated interpretation of a more concentrated product, typically a pure parfum. The cologne version is often the lightest concentration from a line of fragrance products. Varieties of floral and fresh fragrances are common options for fragrances marketed to women.

Allure’s associate beauty director, Sarah Kinonen, says Byredo Mojave Ghost Eau de Parfum is a staple in her collection. This modern classic is known for its woody notes inspired by the Mojave Desert, so expect to smell wafts of musk, ambrette, cedarwood, and a touch of powdery violet. So, what are the latest and greatest fragrances gracing our scent collection? If you’ve noticed a transition from ultra-sweet fruity scents to more robust fragrances, we have, too — and it’s not just a coincidence.

These reports were evaluated by the EU Scientific Committee for Consumer Safety (SCCS, formerly the SCCNFP) and musk xylene was found to be safe for continued use in cosmetic products. It is in fact part of the procedures of the Cosmetic Regulation in Europe that materials classified as carcinogens require such a safety evaluation by the authorities to be allowed in cosmetic consumer products. In some cases, an excessive use of perfumes may cause allergic reactions of the skin. For instance, acetophenone, ethyl acetate and acetone while present in many perfumes, are also known or potential respiratory allergens. Nevertheless, this may be misleading, since the harm presented by many of these chemicals is dependent on environmental conditions and their concentrations in a perfume.