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How CBD is impacting fragrance – and every product category

You’ve heard about the ingredient generating the most buzz of 2019: cannabidiol (CBD). CBD-infused products are everywhere from mascara to coffee. And amidst national cannabis reform, major retailers are joining the movement. This spring, CVS Health, Walgreens, Rite Aid, GNC, and Ulta Beauty introduced CBD-based offerings. Although the Federal Drug Administration prohibits CBD in food and beverages, Ben & Jerry’s announced its plan to one day sell CBD-infused ice cream. It’s no wonder a new study projects that the U.S. CBD market will reach $20B in sales by 2024. Read on for a quick overview of cannabis ingredients, and the best ways to harness the trend through fragrance.

From left, Sprig, Myaderm, NaturVet, and Origins cannabis-based products.

What is CBD, and does it contain THC?
Cannabidiol (CBD for short) is a chemical derived from the cannabis family. CBD may treat inflammation, insomnia, anxiety and other maladies, but more long-term studies are needed. A common misconception is that CBD contains tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). THC is actually a separate and different derivative of the cannabis plant. Unlike CBD, THC is psychoactive, meaning it affects a person’s mind.

Is hemp the same as CBD?
CBD oil is often conflated with another popular cannabis-based ingredient: hemp oil. However, hemp and CBD are not same. The 2018 Farm Bill legalized hemp (classified as the cannabis plant with less than 0.3% THC). If you’re looking at an ingredient list, CBD oil appears as “cannabidiol,” while hemp oil is listed as “cannabis sativa seed oil.” Kline Group reports that brands can differentiate themselves by using pure CBD oil rather than just hemp seed oil.

From left, HereticFog & Tree, and Herb Essntls cannabis-infused perfumes.

What do CBD products actually smell like?
The explosion of CBD has inspired a new crop of fragrances. And a lot of them don’t have the marijuana odor you might expect.

A number of candles and perfumes marketed with cannabis fragrance stories don’t actually contain cannabis compounds. These inspired-by fragrances range widely from powdery and musky (Boy Smells Kush) to fruity and woody (Fresh Cannabis Santal).

Another category of perfumes and personal care products contain CBD oil or hemp seed oil. Since pure CBD oil doesn’t have much of an odor, brands play up the natural ingredients by adding green and earthy fragrances. Check out Kiehl’s Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil Herbal Concentrate made with hemp oil and Heretic Parfum Dirty Grass with CBD oil.

Overall, our analysis of best-selling cannabis scents confirmed a green earthy commonality. Patchouli, vetiver, and musky notes were especially popular.

These fragrance pyramids represent two different cannabis interpretations on the market.

Are cannabis terpenes the future?
All botanicals (including cannabis) produce terpenes, chemical compounds that determine the way a plant tastes and smells. Perfumers use terpenes as raw materials in their olfactive palette. With relaxing laws around cannabis, brands have started using cannabis derivatives in place of the terpenes traditionally sourced from other vegetation. A prime example: California-based label Fog & Tree uses real cannabis terpenes in its cologne.

Our Recommendations
We’d love to help you tap into the CBD trend through fragrance!

To capture the spirit of CBD, try an inspired-by fragrance:

  • Natural Cannabis-Inspired | All natural. Does not include actual cannabis.
  • Cannabis-Inspired Terpenes | The same terpenes found in cannabis, but sourced from other botanicals. Does not include actual cannabis.

Or, try an on-trend fragrance that’s often featured with CBD:

  • Damask Rose & Oud
  • Smoky Vanilla
  • Lavender Vanilla

To request samples, email [email protected].

Orchidia Fragrances is excited to announce our TREND WATCH email. Each month, we’ll highlight the latest trends and innovations in the fragrance industry. To sign up for Orchidia’s monthly TREND WATCH, click here.

Desert Garden

A collection of eight soulful scents inspired by the untamed and delightful flora that bloom in the arid wilderness.


Ocotillo
Juicy top notes of white peach combine with ripe nectarine to reveal a blend of hibiscus petals and crimson ocotillo flowers. A base of warm sugarcane, crystallized amber, and sweet honey lingers.


Mojave Blossom

The prickly sweetness of wildflowers bursting through rough earth. Aquatic green notes open into a succulent heart of pear, apple and florals, softened by warm musks and tonka leaves.


Canary Island Spurge
A floral composition with an airy character. Lively greenness and marine notes combine over a bouquet of lush florals. Warm amber, white musk, and creamy woods round out the base.


Mesquite
The elegance of a lone tree in the desert. Crisp bergamot and dried black pepper enhanced with fir over smoky wood and dried herbs. The base is a sensual blend of amber, frankincense, and cedar.


Lavender Thistle
Lavender’s herbaceous petals brightened with eucalyptus and sage. Warmth and spice evoke sand. Enriched with woody vetiver and wild patchouli.


Joshua Tree
Warmth radiates across an ocean of sand witnessed by the izote de desierto (desert dagger), also known as the Joshua tree.


Wild Sage
Sage bushes sprawl over a cracked landscape. Dried herbs with light citrus, rich spice, and dry greenness disclose a base of smoky vetiver and amber warmth.


Fairy Duster
Capturing the vibrant, spiky flowers of the fairy duster shrub. Lively citrus and pink peppercorn meet over a bed of sheer florals. Sun-bleached woods, musk, and amber evoke dry desert air.

To request samples and set up a meeting with your Sales Representative, e-mail [email protected].

Co-Creation in Fragrance

Brands invite collaboration with custom scents.
For $2,000 Goest Perfumes will develop a scent just for you. And while that isn’t realistic for most fragrance fans, shoppers expect co-creation. That is, a chance to shape the product and brand experience. Online communities like Into the Gloss (sister blog of Glossier) and fragrance subscription Scentbird are examples. So, how do companies provide adaptable products to the mainstream market? This month we look at examples of fragrance combining– a first step in co-created fragrance.Scented Duos
From food mash-ups to simplified skincare, duos are everywhere. In fragrance, luxury brands share the art and legacy of combining two scents. This spring, Diptyque launched its travel candles in giftwrapped duos. Also, Jo Malone offered its colognes in boxed pairs. Look for these companies talking about #fragrance combining and #scent pairing on social media.Fine Fragrance Sets
Fragrance layering is experiencing a renaissance in the form of collections that mix and match. For example, Gucci launched The Alchemist’s Garden. It layers to create up to 48 combinations. Chanel also encourages us to layer its unisex Les Eaux line. Likewise, indie brand Huda Beauty says its new collection Kayali “…is like nothing you’ve ever seen before, and it allows you to create your own truly unique fragrance identity by layering different scents.” Meanwhile, Ellis Brooklyn introduced a Layering Kit with six scents.Diffuser Technology
Moodo’s Smart Diffuser is a high tech take on fragrance combining. It’s “the only diffuser that allows you to customize scents according to your taste, mood and lifestyle,” according to Moodo. To create a custom home scent, you load the diffuser with up to four scent capsules. Then, you can control the intensity and set a timer from an app on your smartphone.

Co-creation will keep evolving in the world of fragrance. How are you addressing demand for custom products? Want to explore this trend for your next product launch? Contact us at [email protected] today!­­­­

Garry Johnson Joins Orchidia Fragrances as Senior Director of Perfumery

Garry Johnson has joined Orchidia Fragrances as Director of Perfumery. Garry will lead fragrance Research and Development and drive the continued expansion of Orchidia Fragrances in Europe and Asia.

“Garry is an outstanding leader who understands the importance of developing collaborative customer relationships,” said Ross Sprovieri, Executive Vice President of Orchidia Fragrances. “We are thrilled to have him join our team and bring his extensive fragrance knowledge to Orchidia.”

Most recently, Garry worked as Senior Perfumer at Takasago International Corporation, where he developed fragrance technologies in Household, Consumer Products and Fine Fragrance applications for major international clients. Previously, Garry served as Vice President and Chief Perfumer at Robertet Group USA.

Seasonal Favorites

Discover fragrances crafted to uplift a special time of year. Presenting our curated selection of trending scents to inspire your next seasonal launch in air care and personal care.

Fall-Winter


Champagne Pop ORC 1900129
A crisp celebration. Iced champagne and juicy tangerines sparkle over a heart of candied berries, with traces of sheer musk.


Tuxedo ORC 1900103
An herbal-woody fragrance with notes of fresh Clary sage, tonka beans and sandalwood.


Holiday Vanilla ORC 1900162
Celebrate the season with a warming blend of rich vanilla, toasted marshmallows and buttery caramel.


Wintertime ORC 1900052
Captures a radiant fireplace on an icy day. Clove and citrus notes warmed with fresh-cut wood, amber sap, and musk.


Maple Hotcakes ORC 1900086
Vermont maple syrup flows over buttermilk pancakes with a hint of spice. A sweet delight.


Wintry Woodland ORC 1900137
A dazzling blend of warm amber and white musk, complimented by notes of fresh-cut cedar, rich sandalwood, and sweet vanilla bean.


Frozen Cranberry ORC 1900106
Tart cranberry enhanced with juicy McIntosh Red apple, tonka bean, and lustrous woods.


Bonfire Donut ORC 1900053
A gourmand treat. Buttery vanilla cake roasted over a cedarwood flame and dusted with powdered sugar.


Creamy Hot Cocoa ORC 1900109
Comforting and sweet. Roasted hazelnuts dipped in melted chocolate, with vanilla marshmallows and a touch of berries and cream.


Fresh Fir ORC 1900121
Pine with an adventurous character. Dewy eucalyptus meets fresh Siberian fir and Frasier fir needles wrapped in white oak.

Spring-Summer


Bubbly Peach ORC 1900142
Effervescent peach with a grapefruit citrus accord. A green floral heart unfurls into a delectable base of vanilla, powdered sugar, and white musk.


Cactus Blooms ORC 1900122
The prickly cactus in bloom. Green flower petals, ripe pear and Fuji apple, warmed with coconut and musk.


French Cuffs ORC 1900135
A citrus-herbal blend with universal appeal. This sophisticated fragrance showcases notes of bergamot and lavender.


Mineral Spa ORC 1900144
Soothing and bright. Sparkling citrus, juicy melon and refreshing mineral water open into a heart of herbaceous lavender, rose, and lily, over a warm base of golden amber and sheer musk.


Azure Waters ORC 1900134
The white sand and crystal-clear waters of a private cove captured through scent. Crisp ocean breezes and juicy pineapple meld with muguet and rose over a warm base of mossy driftwood, white musk, and rich amber.


Mango Pineapple ORC 1900087
A tropical medley of sweet pineapple, juicy mango, white florals and sheer musk.

To request samples and set up a meeting with your Sales Representative, e-mail [email protected].

Save the Date: Behind the Fragrance 2019

Test your nose and develop your olfactive ability in small groups led by Orchidia Perfumers. This training will teach you how perfumers use fragrance families to build signature fragrances. You will also have the opportunity to create your own fragrance blend in a finished product application.

We’re delighted to offer this training as a complimentary education event.

When and Where: Tuesday, March 26th at Avenue of the Arts Hotel

Click here to RSVP.

Orchidia Visits ScentsAbility

ScentsAbility is an inspiring organization that helps individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities by providing job training, employment, and supported housing to disabled young adults. Their trainees become part of ScentsAbility’s retail and manufacturing operations.

During the visit, Technical Sales Representative Matt Trotter and Sales Manager Mike Mack gave a fragrance training seminar to the young adults at ScentsAbility. They smelled through several candle fragrances and were taught how to categorize fragrances into different families. They were also taught how to rename a fragrance using their newly learned fragrance categories.

Matt and Mike had a great time working with ScentsAbility’s young adults and were overwhelmed by their respectful, happy, and loving attitude.

Visit scentsability.org to learn more about what they do!

Behind the Fragrance: A Closer Look at Fragrance Families


Join us on Thursday, September 27 for a special fragrance training event!

This complimentary full-day partner education program will be held at the College of DuPage Culinary & Hospitality Center in Glen Ellyn, IL. Behind the Fragrance: A Closer Look at Fragrance Families will be a fully hands on and interactive training teaching six important fragrance families: Floral, Animalic, Citrus, Woody, Herbal, and Green. Upon completion, our partner will gain a better understanding of the six fragrance families and how they are used to create fragrances.

Participants will also have an opportunity to make their own fragrance blends in different applications. To register, please complete the form on our website or contact your local sales representative. Attendance is limited to the first 50 registrants.

Storytelling Through Fragrance: Orchidia’s Creative Narrative at the NYSCC

Orchidia Fragrances took to storytelling this year at the 39th Annual NYSCC Suppliers’ Day, one of the largest events on the cosmetic industry calendar in North America. Thousands gathered at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York on May 15-16 to showcase the latest innovations in personal care and beauty products.

Visitors to Orchidia’s booth were met with whimsical depictions of eight fictional dragons from various short stories, novels, and film. Displayed in a trophy-like fashion, these creatures were mounted with push buttons to release billowing aromatic smoke, each having its own unique scent. Notes of sea air and Egyptian neroli described the breath of Leviathan, a Biblical sea serpent, while more gourmand notes of butterbeer, whisky, and sweets captured the magic of the Hungarian Horntail from J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. With a medieval throne positioned next to the dragons, attendees were encouraged to dress in costume, snap a selfie, and share their experience.

Another section of the booth captivated attendees through ancient Egyptian folklore. Visitors completed puzzles and solved riddles to unlock the mystery of Manetho’s secret fragrance, Kyphi, a perfume embodying the beauty and warmth of ancient Egypt. Once completed, the fragrance was bottled and given to each participant as a reminder of their travel through time.

For a sample or to learn more about how Orchidia can develop fragrance creativity in your products, please contact us at (630) 932-8101 or [email protected].

Essential Oil Bath Bomb Fragrances

Features 12 comforting fragrances accented by luxurious essential oils, including herbal spa, citrus amber, and modern floral aromas.

You Complete Me ORC1800620
Essential Oils: Ylang Ylang + Rose
Traditional with a modern twist, this scent opens with zesty grapefruit, bubbly champagne, and a complex white bouquet. The base playfully combines creamy musk and amber crystals for a memorable impression.

Little Things ORC1800621
Essential Oils: Bergamot + Lavender
This scent combines exciting notes of bergamot peel and eucalyptus, balanced with relaxing notes of French lavender and matcha green tea. At the base, sheer musk adds depth to this herbal spa fragrance.

Heartfelt Pride ORC1800566
Essential Oils: Tangerine + Patchouli
This fragrance represents a warmth of heartfelt pride with notes of patchouli, golden amber, and vetiver accented with bright citrus notes of tangerine, bergamot, and grapefruit.

Proud Teacher ORC1800567
Essential Oils: Sage + Chamomile
This tea fragrance celebrates precious moments with top notes of bergamot and basil, a heart of lavender, sage, chamomile, and mint, and a luxurious base of soft musk.

Wonder Excite ORC1800600
Essential Oils: Orange + Lemon
Wonder Excite captures those amazing times in life with bright notes of zesty citrus, sweet Georgia peach, juicy strawberry, and a soft ribbon of white musk at the dry down.

Sassy Spark ORC1800607
Essential Oils: Cinnamon + Cassia
Sassy Spark represents those exciting, warm summer nights! A dash of cinnamon, spice, and everything nice evokes playful memories of dancing the night away and sharing boisterous laughter with friends.

Saccharine Sunrise ORC1800612
Essential Oils: Grapefruit + Sandalwood
Sweet, sugary, and tangy grapefruit uplifts and energizes. Paired with warm and rich sandalwood and bolstered by white musk and vanilla, a sense comfort ensues.

Remembrances & Recollections ORC1800623
Essential Oils: Black Currant + Jasmine
Notes of soothing jasmine, sweet vanilla, and a faint hint of earthy patchouli give rise to memories of warm, loving embraces. 

Joyful Paradise ORC1800590
Essential Oils: Mandarin + Orange
This fragrance captures the effervescent feeling of joy, bursting with bright citrus. The heart is a tropical blend of cassis and white jasmine, wrapped in clean musk and amber.

Simple Joy ORC1800591
Essential Oils: Patchouli + Vetiver
Simple Joy expresses cheerful delight with light, crisp grapefruit and hints of green grass. Iris and muguet dance softly over a mélange of musk and precious woods at the base.

Cashmere Tuberose ORC1800548
Essential Oils: Galbanum + Balsam Tolu
An exciting blend composed of green leafy top notes with a touch of galbanum. The middle is an assortment of white florals and honeysuckle. The base blends creamy white musk, Indian sandalwood, sweet balsam, warm amber, and white cashmere.

Diamonds & Pearls ORC1800562
Essential Oils: Lime + Clove
A sophisticated blend of zesty lime and juicy fruits form the top. White rose petals and colorful oriental lilies evolve from the middle leading to a trail of silky musk, vetiver root, and warm clove.

For a sample or to learn more about our Essential Oil Bath Bomb Fragrances, please contact us at (630) 932-8101 or [email protected].