Have you ever wondered which types of fragrances fall under the category of ozonics? What exactly does the term "ozonic" mean? The best way to understand the nature of ozonic fragrances is to consider the alternative term for them: marine fragrances.
Simply put, ozonics or marine fragrances are scents that replicate the sea, its air, and any other characteristic that you may associate with it. The characteristics that distinguish ozonic fragrances from other types of fragrances can best be described with the adjectives "fresh", "crisp", "cool", and "clean". Ozonic fragrances attempt to build a scent that conjures a specific image of the sea. This conjured image can range from a beach environment of sea, sand, and palm trees to one of being out in the middle of the deep, blue sea.
Ozonic fragrances are a relatively new type of fragrance category. If you were to track down its history, you would find that it is actually the newest. The first fragrance that defined the ozonic or marine category was the Davidoff Cool Water, which came out in 1988. Following fragrances, such as Christian Dior's Dune (1991) and Issey Miyake's L'Eau d'Issey (1992), further cemented the clean, sea-reminiscent scent associated with the marine/ozonic fragrance. Though scents in the marine/ozonic category are dominated by those made specifically for men, women's fragrances with marine notes do exist albeit in rarefied instances. Sample marine or ozonic fragrances for women are M by Mariah Carey and Eternity Aqua by Calvin Klein.
It seems like a conundrum. But, how does one capture the scent of the sea in a perfume bottle?
Most of the heavy-lifting is done by the science of chemistry. Certain synthetic scents are used by chemists to replicate the aquatic notes of the sea. The most widely used synthetic for the job is calone, which was discovered in a Pfizer laboratory in 1966. Calone, also known by the chemical name methylbenzodioxepinone, is a laboratory-created chemical synthetic with a structure similar to those found in the pheromones released by certain species of brown algae. This quality in calone largely contributes to the "marine" characteristic of ozonic fragrances using this particular synthetic.
Other synthetics are also used in conjunction with or aside from calone to create ozonic scents that smell more of rain or sea air. In order to add some body or dimension to ozonic or marine fragrances, perfume chemists may also add in light fruit scents (such as cucumber or watermelon) or floral scents (like rose and white lily), depending on the scent demanded by the perfume company developing the fragrance.
In terms of longevity, ozonic fragrances are some of the longer lasting ones. The fresh scent of these fragrances tend to stay longer on the skin. There is a disadvantage, however, associated with this characteristic of marine/ozonic scents. Because of their synthetic nature and their longevity once applied to the skin, ozonic fragrances have a tendency to come off as too metallic or cold, especially where the earlier released ozonic fragrances are concerned. More modern versions under the marine/ozonic fragrance category, however, have gone through great lengths and a number of chemical reformulations to remedy this problem. As a result, more recent ozonic fragrances have a diminished metallic quality, smell more natural, and possess a lighter body.
Ozonic or marine fragrances are best suited for individuals looking for a clean and invigorating scent. The sea-reminiscent quality of these fragrances give off a different level or sense of freshness in comparison to green and citrus scents.
Ozonic fragrances are also ideal as summer scents. As a matter of fact, it is not uncommon for perfume companies to re-release previous scents with sea water added into the blend. Such reproductions add marine top notes to the scents, giving them a new and invigorating twist not found in the original. Because of their fragrance profile, most ozonic fragrances are bottled in transparent and minimalistic containers that reflect the perfume within.