What is fragrance Deformulation?


Perfume Deformulation

We specialize in deformulation, reverse engineering a fragrance by identifying the components by % and chemical name.

Deformulation helps detect weak, diluted, off spec., or imposter fragrances before you add them to your personal care products, candles, laundry detergent, lotions, or air fresheners.

With over 20 years experience and having deformulated over 20,000 fragrances, we are experts in perfume deformulation. If you are looking for a company to deformulate, formulate a new scent, encapsulate, or manufacture perfumes, we are here to help.

Deformulation is basically reverse engineering a fragrance, and identifying the components by % and chemical name. We have over 20 years of experience testing thousands of different kinds of fragrances and products for chemical composition. Finding and applying the right analytical method for your particular product is challenging and only a few companies can handle these requests.

Common myth… Some believe any chemist can test a sample using GC/MS and receive a 100% accurate formula listing all ingredients. This is far from the truth. 

Testing equipment such as GC/MS can provide a rough outline of the components through testing, then we rely heavily on our chemists and our perfumers expertise to create a formulation close to the original without infringing on others formulations. 

Why Perform a Fragrance Deformulation?

Eample: If you pumped bad gas into your vehicle, your car would run poorly, you would notice, and you would tell the gas station, and likely not buy gas there anymore.

So why are the fragrance oil you purchase any different.  For example, If many of your customers are telling you there’s something wrong, the fragrance is weaker, it smells different, it’s not the same, it doesn’t have the same throw that it used to.  Your customers are asking you all of these questions and you have no idea what’s going on, and this is your company.   Anything wrong with this picture?

If customers can identify your products by their smell, you by default are in the fragrance business. So, isn’t it a bit odd that you don’t know more about the ingredients in the fragrance oils you buy that represent you and your brand. I mean, this is your business and your reputation.

We are here to help. There are a lot of tools you can employ to ensure you are receiving a quality fragrance oil each time you order. The first step is knowing all of the ingredients and percentages in your fragrances. Did you know that you could use a refractive index to check your fragrances for purity and strength?

As a mfg. we check each individual component that comes in using a refractive index, why don’t you? Study after study shows that weaker or imposter fragrances have a lower refractive index than the original.

Hi, I’m Joe and I get this question all the time. What is perfume Deformulation?

Perfume Deformulation is basically reverse engineering a fragrance, or identifying the components by % and chemical name.

How does it work? Next Steps?

1. Our experts will first consult with you to discuss the objectives for the project.

2. Background information can greatly aid in the reverse engineering process as well as reduce the time required for deformulation.

3. Our experts next develop the most efficient deformulation plan and select the most appropriate techniques for the project.

Techniques used including GCMS

Would you like to know more about our process –

First we secure a viable test sample, which is challenging at times. Next we perform a customized series of extractions to isolate different components present in the sample (i.e. polymeric components, surfactants, etc.) and one or all of the following tests may be used depending on the quality of the sample provided.

Testing –

Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FT-IR) and NMR analysis of the different extracts are performed. Scanning Electron Microscopy with Energy Dispersive X-ray Analysis (SEM/EDXA) of the insoluble material is performed to identify any inorganic materials present. Gel Permeation Chromatography (GPC) is performed to provide a molecular weight range of the observed polymeric components, if present. HPLC, Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry (GC/MS), and Gas Chromatography (GC) analysis is performed to identify and quantify the organic volatiles present.

Perfumers expertise –

Next it takes several hours to accurately compile like chemicals. We now have roughly 80%+ of the formula, and we next bring in our perfumer to close the gap for a near perfect match. This process from start to finish takes on average 2-3 weeks. 

We have over 20 years of experience testing thousands of different kinds of fragrances and products for chemical composition. Innosol, Inc. specializes in product deformulation. Finding and applying the right analytical method to your particular product is challenging and only a few laboratories are equipped to handle these kinds of requests.

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With over 20,000 fragrances under our belt, we are the leaders in perfume deformulation. So if you are looking for a company to deformulate, formulate a new scent, encapsulate, or manufacture fragrances, please contact us.

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