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Should Scent Reformulation Be Reformed?

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Craig K has a very interesting article in Sharpologist on how the product fragrances shift (and degrade) due to reformulation. (Other problems, such as lack of lather, can also arise due to reformulation.) He begins:

Simply put, reformulation is a process in fragrance product development where the scent formula of an existing product is changed. The change can involve the removal of scent elements (either essential or fragrance oils), the integration of new scent elements, the adjustment of the proportional ratios of the scent elements, or some combination of the above.

What Is Reformulation And Why Does It Happen?

Unlike more tightly regulated areas of chemical endeavor, the fragrance mix of a given perfume (or even of a more utilitarian commercial product like detergent or soap) is treated as a trade secret, and the manufacturer does not have to list all the various elements or their proportions in labeling, or indeed in any public forum at all. The fragrance mix can be changed at the whim of the manufacturer, for any reason, at any time, with no notice to end users. That is why shave soaps and perfumes are similar in that part of the ingredient list will say “fragrance” or “parfum” and that is all the info you will get on the subject.

Why Should You Care?

First, understanding the topic makes the issue of all the alleged “fakes” being sold on Amazon a lot more intelligible. Consider these reviews, all of fragrances that were sold directly by Amazon, not one of its third party “marketplace” vendors: . . .

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Written by LeisureGuy

21 September 2015 at 8:23 am

Posted in Business, Shaving

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