Their use in perfumery is essential as they help elongate shelf-life and integrate fragrances by blending aromasand holding individual or overall scents over time. Many fixatives also serve as basenotes such as sandalwood or vanilla. Natural fixatives can be tinctures, gums, resins, powders or essential oils each of them can come from an animal or plant source.
There is a possibilty that one may use herbs in a fragrance to enhance it and use it as a fixative as well.
Finding the right fixative with the right scent to add to a fragrance can be difficult because sometimes you have to build a fragrance around your basenote or fixative. However, certain fixatives just guide you into perfect smells such as sandalwood and vanilla.
Here is a partial list of natural fixatives used in perfumery:
- Orris Root
- Angelica root
- Calamus root
- Clary sage
- Gurjun balsam
- Peru Balsam
- Benzoin resin (styrax)
- Ylang Ylang