Fragrance Ingredient Breakdown: The Spice of Life

Written By Isabel Finston 
“Benzyl Salicylate,” “Cinnamyl Alcohol,” ‘Citral.’ We know that fragrance ingredients can sound daunting. Have no fear, you’re likely familiar with many of the sources used to create them—some may be sitting in your pantry right now!

From Citruses:

Ever wonder what gives Ashton its zesty citrusiness? Citral! Present in Orange Peel Extract, and found in lemongrass and citrus trees, Citral is the primary fragrant component in citrus peels. Smell Ashton—sniff sunshine!

From Woods and Spices: 

Cinnamyl Alcohol” is (you guessed it!) derived from cinnamon. Particularly, it’s extracted from Cinnamon Leaves. While cinnamyl alcohol has a lovely rosey and resinous scent, it’s often used to give fragrances staying power!
A delicate, Jasmine-like scent made from tree bark? You heard that right! “Cinnamal” is an aromatic ingredient extracted from Cinnamon Bark—its enveloping scent evokes notes of nostalgic cinnamon and hypnotic florals.


The hazy warmth and sweetness of ‘Coumarin’ is an unforgettable experience—extracted from Cassia Cinnamon and Tonka Beans, the scent of Coumarin screams coziness. Love tonka scents and are looking for a new favorite fragrance? Discover Lulu, a gentle and dreamy scent featuring opulent tonka notes. 

Picture yourself in a lush forest, surrounded by the wafting scents of soft florals and airy, resinous woods—this encapsulates the delicate aroma of “Benzyl Benzoate.” Benzyl Benzoate is extracted from Peru Balsam (tree sap) and is used by perfumers to extend a fragrance’s longevity!



Eugenol’ is an aromatic ingredient extracted from essential oils—while it’s often sourced from Clove Oil, it’s found in an array of common kitchen spices—a true sensory delight! Looking to immerse yourself in Eugenol’s candied comfort? Explore Hunter, and you’ll be entranced by cocooning raw vanilla and expressive ambrette.

From Flowers:

Benzyl Salicylate is found in Hyacinth Flower Oil—used to blend cohesive fragrance profiles, Benzyl Salicylate has a very delicate floral aroma. This organic compound is often included in bold floral scents to soften them. A natural delight, it helps to create perfectly balanced olfactive bouquets!

Love Geraniums? Those vivid and brilliant buds create Citronellol—a symphony of scent. Citronellol is a common component in floral fragrances (mainly rose and geranium.) Citronellol has a green, bright, floral aroma that breathes life into fragrance formulas!

Familiarized with Natural Ingredients: Exploratory Experience

Now that we’ve connected the dots between common compounds and fragrance formulas, immerse yourself in their scents! Arrange your sensory experience at one of our scent studios here, and prepare to discover—fragrant—wonders of the natural world!