Refers to the qualities associated with animal-derived ingredients that impart feelings of the wild, of the pheromones dispersed by the creatures that inhabit it, and of the raw and untamed. The aromas are rich and deep, even warm and inviting. In large quantities, the smells that these compounds emit are largely intolerable, but in the trace amounts that perfumery used them in, these scents are pleasant and enjoyable.
Animalic scents are often used as fixatives in perfumery, but also as additives designed to boost the overall appeal of any given composition.
Most of the modern ingredients associated with this aroma class are either naturally occurring, plant-based extracts that mimic the scents of animal-based fragrances, or are completely synthetic.