When you’re first getting into perfume, one of the first questions that comes up is “Are synthetic perfumes not as authentic/long-lasting/well-made as all-natural ones?”  And the answer is that synthetic fragrances are every bit as compelling and complex as their all-natural siblings in the scented world.

In fact, synthetic perfumes are getting a lot of long-overdue attention, especially in the indie perfume scene.  There are fragrances that are made entirely from a single synthetic musk note, and new fantasy aroma chemicals are being introduced each month that expand a true connoisseur’s fragrance palate.

One of our favorite niche lines championing this newfound discovery of synthetic vs. all-natural scents is Histoires des Parfums. Their This is Not a Blue Bottle 1.4 “Yin” and 1.5 “Yang” releases celebrate the creativity involved in crafting both synthetic and natural perfumes in these two bookended fragrances. 

This is Not a Blue Bottle 1.4 “Yin” is the all-natural fragrance in the pair.  Yin is an all-natural, rich, and very sweet (in the best possible way) mix of cool, hazy davana, sultry ylang-ylang, and the smoky vanillic appeal of opoponax.  This blend will instantly appeal to perfume fans searching for a perfume that’s both unusual and unapologetically sensual.

And Yin’s alter-ego, This is Not a Blue Bottle 1.5, or “Yang”, is every bit as futuristic and next-gen as Yin is sensual and soft. It conjures sheer musk and hard metal, frozen air and warming skin from the first spray with a blend of ozonic accords and aldehydes. Yang is the scent of a sleek starship reaching hyperspace.

Both of these scents together (one on each wrist, maybe?) are an excellent introduction to what both natural and synthetic perfumes are all about.  There’s really no reason not to have several of each in your collection – wearing perfume is about fashion without limits, and sampling both of these Histoires des Parfums releases will break down your fragrance barriers in the funnest way possible.

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