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The Galaxolide molecule
The original Galaxolide™ has been a must-have standard ingredient in perfumery for decades, due to its intimate yet powerful, and immediately memorable odor, at least for *those who can smell the musk.
*According to a 1986 odor survey conducted by the National Geographic Society on a population of 1.5 million people in the United States, three in ten could not smell Galaxolide. It is a well-known fact that some people are anosmic to certain types of aroma chemical.
There are a few reasons why the original Galaxolide, discovered in 1957 is regarded as a molecular masterpiece by some of the most respected perfumers of all time.
Apart from its very good price-performance ratio, Galaxolide has been one of the most frequently used raw materials both in fragrances and household products for decades because of its exceptional versatility, which allows perfumers to use it in any fragrance accord where designed to evoke bloom, lift and longevity are desire.
In 2007, half a century after the introduction of the original galaxolide, a new version with a “cleaner” molecular structure was discreetly launched and a few chemists started calling it "Galaxolide Super". Almost no one had heard of this new generation of Galaxolide until A Lab On Fire launched it as a single-ingredient scent.
According to a small number of perfumers who are familiar with this raw material, this new “Super” version is more powerful, radiant and animalic than the original.
HEAD NOTES - Head notes are the first notes perceived after a perfume is sprayed on the skin, and they are also the most volatile. As they are minuscule molecules that quickly evaporate, these notes contribute to our first impression of a fragrance. Their role is primarily commercial, as they are often only perceived for a brief period of time, typically no longer than 5-10 minutes. In most instances, head notes are perceived as fresh, thus they are often derived from citrus fruits, flowers or exotic fruits.
HEART NOTES - When top notes soften or subdue, heart notes emerge. As their name suggests, these are the notes at the 'heart' of a perfume; the central part of it. They accompany a perfume throughout its evolution, lasting from 15 minutes up to 1 hour. The most commonly used heart notes are soft and velvety, often characterized by flowers such as rose, jasmine or lavender, as well as hints of spice or vanilla. These notes are very important because, if a perfume's formula is well constructed, they should gently guide us towards base notes.
BASE NOTES - Base notes are generally persistent, strong and powerful. In some cases, they appear 1 hour after a perfume is sprayed on the skin and persist until the following day. Among the most renowned and functional base notes are Oud, Sandalwood, Patchouli and Cedarwood. These are highly crucial notes to a perfume's unfolding, as they sometimes also help to make other notes composing a perfume stand out for longer periods of time. A perfume's base notes may sometimes also include odours of animal origin, amber, and musk, which are now synthetically created, as they are forbidden in their natural state.
The skin's pH can vary on a day-to-day basis and for a variety of reasons, thus so can the fragrances we wear.
These variations can be caused by:
- the intake of medicines for a certain amount of time;
- atmospheric and environmental changes that cause high sweating of the skin;
- changes in food consumption and diet.
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