I believe that the debate on what constitutes a natural ingredient will never really close and that 10 years down the line, we will still argue on whether an essential oil derived from plant yet containing many aromatic molecules that can - for most - be reproduced in a lab through synthesis, is 100% natural or not. With these arguments in mind, I fail to see how anyone or any association can actually come up with a definition of 'natural' that will satisfy all.
The pandemic of Covid 19 has showed people like myself, who make it our ethics to only use the best quality extracted raw materials sourced from the countries of production, that the farming environment for these materials is at least fragile and at most challenging. The price of rose essential oil (the finer version of rose absolute) went two even three fold, due to issues with harvesting caused by shortage of workforce, difficulty accessing workplace, lack of tending the crops and so on... Now it is likely to increase even more because of the energy crisis. It is so sad that the palette of raw materials available to perfumers working with naturals is reducing by the year!