The creation of a fragrance is one of the classic examples of the blending of science and art. The development of a fragrance is controlled by both the chemistry of the materials involved and the discriminating nose of the perfumer. To create the correct fragrance for a cosmetic or household product, a number of disciplines must come together. In many cases, fragrance application laboratories can help to combine these disciplines in a creative fragrance company.
While a perfumer is working on creating a fragrance for use in a particular finished product, he or she must be concerned with several technical considerations. For example:
--Are there any chemicals in the cosmetic or household product that pose particular problems for the perfumer while he or she is creating the fragrance?
--Are there traditional problems associated with this product or product type? (Some common considerations are yellowing of shampoos with fragrances, suppression of fragrances in talc, and color and odor problems with soaps.)