Natural Perfumery makes use of materials that are sourced out of nature and than turned into oils, absolutes or used as a base to make tinctures. This way these materials consist of hunderd different molecules that give them their specific smell. In a way you can call them mini perfumes, because most of them have very complex chemical built structures. Natural perfumes can contribute to our health since natural essential oils posses healing qualities beneficial to our mind and body. And although natural perfumes could cause irritation if a person is oversensitive for certain molecules, synthetic perfumes are way more likely to trigger allergies.
In comparison, modern synthetic perfumes lean heavily on a huge amount of one-molecule synthetics that often have tremendous artificial power and intensity. Generally, they are made up with an average 5-15% content of natural oils within their desired dilution. Most people are so used to these hardhitters of molecules that they have trouble experiencing subtleness and detail, because these synthetic cocktails can deafen their perception of smell. For me personally, its the sharp-edged, nostril-hurting artificial freshness of synthetics that turned me into the direction of natural oils, absolutes and tinctures as the true main perfume ingredients to built my perfumes with.
Experiencing natural perfumes asks a different approach from most of us. They tend to stay closer to the wearer and interact extensively with the human skin, therefore really creating a unique and personal scent collage. Futhermore they tend to be less powerful and longlasting but on the other hand can be more complex, subtle and richer in detail, making them more enjoyable and soothing from the wearer´s perspective. Often thats the reason people apply a new spray of natural perfume after 3-4 hours. Layering the scent creates a longlasting effect plus there is the enjoyment of re-smelling the scent in a new fashion.
Natural perfumes can also display textures of taste and mouthfeel, such as sour-bitter tones and fatty, dry, granular, juicy, resinous and earthy tonalities with the quality of how you perceive them outside in nature. They can display rough and dirty edges but also a true soft- and roundness, unsurpassed in comparisson to synthetic perfumes.