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This page provides links (see sidebar) to short informational pages about some of the ingredients in the scents. Please note that this is not a complete list of the ingredients that we use (there are too many to include all of them here), but this list covers many of the most important notes you’ll encounter in the scents.

Ingredients BottlesNaturals: Most department store scents contain little, if any, natural ingredients, despite the list of notes that may include things like jasmine, rose, and sandalwood. In mass market scents most of those notes are created with a combination of synthetic ingredients. Here at Sonoma Scent Studio, we use many beautiful natural ingredients either alone (in the Naturals Collection) or with carefully chosen synthetics (in the Mixed Media Collection).

Ingredients PouringAnimal Friendly: We do not use animal-derived ingredients, with the exception of beeswax absolute. Therefore, we do not use natural animal musk, castoreum, or civet. We do use plant-derived essential oils and absolutes that have musky or animalic aspects to them, such as angelica root, labdanum, and ambrette seed.

No Additives: The rich colors of many of our scents come from deeply colored natural ingredients such as oakmoss absolute and labdanum. We do not use any colorant dyes, preservatives, or sunscreens. Our scents are made with a base of organic grain alcohol that is free of phthalates and denaturants.

Safe Use: People can have allergies to some perfume ingredients, even natural ones, so it is always a good idea to do a patch test and to discontinue use if you seem to have a skin reaction. Do not use perfume on areas of sensitive skin.

Sample MakingLasting Power: Most of the mixed media scents have excellent lasting power for the average person and moderate sillage (the amount the scent wafts out from your skin). Natural ingredients tend to have shorter lasting power than synthetics and stay closer to the skin, so they are more personal and will not invade the space of others around you. You can adjust the amount of fragrance you use depending on the strength of the scent.

Difference Between Notes & Ingredients: An ingredient is a single item that goes into a formula, but a note is a smell that may be made of many ingredients. For example, an amber note may be made from a combination of labdanum, vanilla, benzoin, and one or more synthetic amber molecules like ambroxan. In some cases a note may be made from a single ingredient, but in most cases each note is comprised of a number of ingredients. Therefore, when you read the list of notes in the description of a scent, that is not the same as reading a list of ingredients used to create the scent.