GEN­UINE FAKES

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It’s one of the great fur­phies that your scent con­tains purely nat­u­ral in­gre­di­ents. In the ma­jor­ity of cases, this just ain’t so. Which is not nec­es­sar­ily a bad thing, despite what the mar­ket­ing depart­ment might fear the minute one goes off script. Wild san­dal­wood, for ex­am­ple, is now cited as a vul­ner­a­ble species in its na­tive In­dia (where there is a thriv­ing black mar­ket) and only the most ded­i­cated of noses can tell the dif­fer­ence be­tween it and chem­i­cal ver­sions like san­ji­nol. Then, there are the alde­hy­des which form the ba­sis of scents smelling like ev­ery­thing from green herbs to clean soapy skin – in fact the most fa­mous per­fume of all time Chanel ‘No 5’ was built on one. To bring this dark art out of the shad­ows, sev­eral brands are now glo­ri­ously cel­e­brat­ing some of the best mol­e­cules ever cre­ated lab-side. Nomen­cla­ture is one of the best. It’s ‘Holy_­wood’ EDP, $183 (50ml) is built around Clear­wood, a 21st Cen­tury form of patchouli de­rived from the fer­men­ta­tion of sugar cane. redo­lent and has a pow­dery warmth. What it lacks in the rom hand-picked sourcery, it makes up for in di­men­sion. mecca.com.au

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