The most versatile perfumer of all time is undoubtedly nature itself. In fact, anyone who looks into the analyses of extract of natural products may wonder how it is possible that nature can produce such wonderful and complex smells.
Perfumers try to plum the depths of this miracle, fascinated as they are with finding the secret of the perfect scent. But the work of nature is not so easily duplicated. For example, mixing some components of certain white flowers like jasmine and lilies-of-the-valley causes colouring when used in a perfume. Moreover, nature is not very prone to stick to the guidelines for skin safety. Some vegetable oils may cause allergic skin reactions. So, a safe perfume based entirely on natural oils is not always possible.
Not all new perfumes are flower inspired. Wood, fruits, spices, herbs and seeds contribute to new creations too. The idea is to approach the work of nature as closely as possible. This is the challenge the real perfumer wants to take on.