The latest drug to hit the streets, and you can get addicted without any of the bad stuff, sort of… Welcome to the addictive side of perfumery!
Molly? MD? Ecstasy? That’s right. Your perfume is made with drugs. Well not really, but one of the main compounding substances that’s used as a precursor for Ecstasy, known as heliotropin (or piperonal), is widely used in perfumes too! No wonder you’re so addicted to the powerful smell of certain perfumes… We can’t blame you!
Of course, such a naughty ingredient means more rules (and we all hate rules). So, companies need to have a special license to use this particular ingredient in their labs (for obvious reasons)! There are no excuses for losing this – not like your dog eating your homework or any of that shenanigans. Ah, the life of a perfumer… it can be very dangerous! Ever think of where the idea for Breaking Bad actually began? Anyway, as Kelly Clarkson says: what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.
Are we surprised you’re so addicted to your perfume? Pah, how could we be? Heliotropin has created many addictive fragrances over the years, and people still can’t help falling in love with it (as Elvis said). I just hope we don’t end up having people fall in love with perfume bottles, as that would be a little too weird… Just imagine!
One of the most famous perfumes containing a ton of heliotropin (like hella) is called “Hypnotic Poison”. Um, question: is it really a poison…? No, don’t worry, that’s just the perfume industry getting creative again (as we do). This isn’t some kind of Snow White fairy-tale, but it does “exactly what it says on the tin.” Rather, it’s more like a drug used by women! That is to say, it drives men absolutely crazy, according to a lot of women. Basically, as reliable a source as you can get.
Now, be warned, if you meet someone like this (signs on) you should probably do a bit of investigating first, in the name of safety. I mean, they’re wearing poison! #50Shades
Contrary to what you’d think, heliotropin smells very innocent at first with a nice, sweet powdery effect! That’s all party of the illustrious mystery here. But when you put it on your skin – well, that’s an entirely different matter! First, you will be addicted to you! Of course, if you’re addicted to you, then it follows that everyone else can’t help but be addicted to you too. No one will know what’s going on, so it is imperative you keep this between you and me. A secret!
Hate to break it to you after all the hype I’ve created, but heliotropin’s use has been reduced and restricted. By whom? None other than by the International Fragrance Association (IFRA) and their pesky regulations – effectively the perfume industries version of “the police”. Plus, we all know what N.W.A. say about the police… This means some iconic heliotropin-based fragrances, such as L’Artisan Parfumeur’s glorious “Jour de Fete”, have sadly been discontinued!
No sexy perfume is complete without a hint of Heliotrope flowers (now you know where we get the name for the chemical from). As well, there’s loads of heliotropin used in the creation of vanilla, almond and violet notes. It is a sweet, warm, and distinctively powdery note.
Let me work on something, and come back to you… A smell that’s elegant, powdery, almondy, and drives everyone crazy. Respecting decent dosage, but yet blending in plenty of the good stuff too: natural vanilla and violet notes! We can double her impact. We can drive him crazy. It’ll make your skin completely addictive. Just like that.
Keep an eye out for the @AlmondAbsolute line packed full of heliotropin!