I'm not being critical in asking this question, I just want a straight answer so that I can decide for myself which road to take. I've been doing a lot of digging lately to have a better understanding for the positions on this subject but it seems to be a "third rail" subject of sorts because I have not seen the direct question posed in a public forum nor have I found any public discussion related to WHY natural perfumers might consider natural isolates better than aroma chemicals.
Are natural isolates better than aroma chemicals? If so, why?
I understand that the aroma chemicals might be petroleum based or perhaps they are derived from processes utilizing detrimental bacteria etc... but a chemical is a chemical, correct?
Are the natural isolates ALWAYS a fractional distillation using only steam or alcohol?
Do natural perfumers take issue with regards to the possibility that aroma chemicals might contain harmful traces of solvents, petroleum byproducts or detrimental bacteria?
Is this the same issue taken with regards to absolutes?
In my search the list of natural isolates seems to be pretty short on the retail end and the ones I am finding are in limited supply or are expensive.
I'm curious about aroma chemicals too because most of the perfumes I've liked contain them. So, what's the dealiyo?