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FRASSAÏ is a fragrance and jewelry house born in Buenos Aires and New York. With a sensorial approach to design, each piece is conceived to evoke the senses. Our fine scented candles and eau de parfum collection will transport you into a scented journey through places, memories and time. As part of the house's sustainable approach, all jewelry is handcrafted locally and in small quantities. We utilize recycled materials whenever possible. 

A look at Fragrance Compositions

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Our blog is about perfume, jewelry and our own creative journey. Embark on this sensorial experience with us to learn more about Buenos Aires, about what makes a candle fragrance or perfume unique, and learn more about our timeless modern jewelry which has a sensorial approach to design. We share details about our luxury scented candles, our handmade sterling silver and gold rings, cuffs, necklaces and earrings. In addition we are sharing exclusive lifestyle tips. 

A look at Fragrance Compositions

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How are fragrances composed?

There are 3 types of ingredients that make up fragrances: naturals, synthetics and bases.

Natural extracts

Obtained from natural products, these give the impression of nature when smelling a scent and bring richness to the composition. Before the 19th century perfume materials were natural. This was the time of Eaux de Fleurs and Eaux de Cologne. Natural ingredients are obtained from flowers, leaves, seeds, citrus fruit, various woods, gums, barks and roots.

Some examples are: 

 A look at Fragrance Compositions. Processing Sicilian Lemon for the perfume industry. Photo taken at Capua in Reggio Calabria, Italy

A look at Fragrance Compositions. Processing Sicilian Lemon for the perfume industry. Photo taken at Capua in Reggio Calabria, Italy

Synthetic ingredients

can be obtained from natural products, by chemical synthesis or through research molecules. These ingredients enrich the perfumer’s palette and often provide better stability than naturals. Whereas natural extracts give a high quality image to perfume, synthetics assure consistent quality and supply. They can also add creative value to a perfumer’s palette.

During the 19th and 20th centuries we see the surge of synthetic materials, coumarin, musk, vanilla, violet... Fougère Royale was the first perfume to use coumarin. It was created in 1882 for Houbigant. Then at the turn of the century, technology brought aldehydes, which were used to enhance the floral accord of Chanel 5. This combination in conjunction with the bottle's sleek design was a sensation at the time (1921). 

Fragrance Bases

Fragrances can also contain bases, or ready made accords. An accord, like in music, is a blend of two or more ingredients, which forms the base of a perfumer’s composition. These give an added dimension to a fragrance. Some ingredients are obtained through headspace reconstitutions. The application of this technique allows for original olfactive elements. It is useful when scent cannot be obtained from nature or to replace expensive or rare natural raw materials. 

    A look at Fragrance Compositions. Fragrance chemist Roman Kaiser performing headspace analysis. 

 

A look at Fragrance Compositions. Fragrance chemist Roman Kaiser performing headspace analysis. 

What are some of your favorite perfume ingredients? 

 Marlene scented candle ~ dark oak, narcissus, aged Scotch whisky, Vuelta Abajo tobacco, leather, vanilla cream

Marlene scented candle ~ dark oak, narcissus, aged Scotch whisky, Vuelta Abajo tobacco, leather, vanilla cream

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