Refers to any given compound that has been developed and produced artificially in a lab setting. The resulting compounds and chemicals are named so, as they have been procured through the process of synthetization.
Synthetic products in perfumery are largely developed to mimic specific compounds or materials that exist naturally, or products that have been procured through natural means. Scents of orchids are mostly synthetic in origin, and have been artificially produced to mimic the notes and nuances associated with orchids. The benefit of using synthetic products mainly revolves around convenience — they are easily made, relatively, and can be mass produced in a way that may not be possible for natural products. Synthetics are also sometimes absolutely necessary, proving to be the only way specific compounds can be acquired, and thus certain aromas attained. One such example involves white musk, which is a synthetic product that was invented as a reaction to the dwindling musk deer populations. Sometimes synthetization is the only way a specific aroma or scent profile can be achieved, as they do not exist naturally. An example of such a scenario involves the calone compound, which is of a solely synthetic origin, and is known for its distinct and notable oceanic scent profile. Often times synthetization also proves to be the most practical way of acquiring certain scents, with a prime example being coumarin, which can be readily and inexpensively produced in a lab through the use of terpenes.
Opposite of natural.