Are bpal blends all-natural? in BPAL FAQs Posted January 28, 2010 · Report reply This has been stated before by Beth and others, but it bears repeating since there seems to still be confusion. I think an important question which people who are wondering "are there synthetics in BPAL?" need to ask, and that is Synthetic what? BPAL is vegan (aside from honey), so that means every blend that lists leather or musk or civet or ambergris or blood or meat or milk as a note does not really contain those ingredients. There is no real blood in your BPAL, I promise But Beth will use bouquets to approximate the scent of those ingredients. AFAIK she blends those bouquets herself and what makes them up is proprietary. Fair enough, because if she listed step by step instructions on how to make her stuff everyone could just do it themselves and not buy her work. (though I'm sure I'm one of many wondering how she got Gore Shock to smell like bloody meat with no animal ingredients) So if by "synthetic" you mean "didn't actually come from blood/ambergris/musk/etc", then yes, those BPAL blends contain synthetic mixes, called bouquets. They are made from blends of plant extract (which is listed on the FAQ page), but together they make a synthetic approximation of a nonvegan ingredient. Basically the only reason you'll need to know what, specifically, goes into a bouquet is if you have an allergy. So let's say, for instance, you're allergic to rose and you want to try a blend that doesn't have rose listed but it has, say, pink musk* (or other nonvegan ingredient). You can write to the lab and ask "Hey, I'm allergic to rose and 'SAMPLE BLEND' looks really good. Is there rose in that one?" And they'll let you know. *I don't have any clue if rose extract is part of the pink musk bouquet, I just picked an example Does that help? Thanks for the explanation. I don't consider bouquets made from various essential oils to be synthetic. To me, synthetic means that you had to perform a chemical reaction to create the note. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perfume#Synthetic_sources "Many modern perfumes contain synthesized odorants. Synthetics can provide fragrances which are not found in nature. For instance, Calone, a compound of synthetic origin, imparts a fresh ozonous metallic marine scent that is widely used in contemporary perfumes. Synthetic aromatics are often used as an alternate source of compounds that are not easily obtained from natural sources. For example, linalool and coumarin are both naturally occurring compounds that can be inexpensively synthesized from terpenes. Orchid scents (typically salicylates) are usually not obtained directly from the plant itself but are instead synthetically created to match the fragrant compounds found in various orchids." I believe, beyond the information which has been posted here, that you would have to contact the lab to get information as to which blends contain synthetics of the type to which you refer. Being new to the forum, you might not be aware of the number of rip-off artists who attempt to profit from Beth's work by duping her scents, however it is an ongoing problem. This being the case, I can certainly understand a desire to preserve the integrity and secrecy of her recipes. After all, you wouldn't ask Chanel to provide the details of the sources for their scents and I believe she deserves the same courtesy. That said, the lab has an excellent reputation for responding to people who have legitimate allergy concerns. As someone who has broken out in hives several times when sprayed with various department store perfumes, I certainly understand the concerns of the allergic and urge you to contact them with any allergy queries. I know they've been helpful with mine. The joy of having such a broad general catalog is that there is something for just about everyone.