Refers to any material, compound, product, or element within a composition, that was obtained purely through mechanical processes from a naturally occurring source. These root sources can come in the form of organic botanical materials like flower petals, resins, and woods, but have also historically come via excretions, skins, and the bodily fluids of various animals. The use of naturally occurring substances from animals has largely died out, with synthetic variations standing in as replacements across the board, although the use of other naturally occurring materials is still alive and well in the world of perfumery. Many products or aroma profiles cannot be achieved through synthetic means, or who’s synthetization is yet to be made practical, which ensures the survival of the use of natural materials. Often times the appeal of natural makes it the more viable of options to go for, over other more artificial avenues. The overall quality as well as the intricacies of certain materials and products is said to be absent in many synthetic renditions of certain naturally occurring phenomenon, and natural is the preferred type for many perfumers in these instances.
The term natural may also be used to describe a fragrance or aroma as being reminiscent of nature, or resembling naturally occurring aromas, rather than being reminiscent of artificial or chemical scents.
Opposite of synthetic.