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Discover the use of Ethanol in Perfume with our in-house Fragrasol range. Our Fragrasol Perfumer's alcohol is a cosmetic grade, 99.9% pure, evaporative ethanol alcohol that serves as an essential alcohol base for perfume. With no impurities, this solvent is manufactured and supplied according to the highest standards and needs of the perfume industry, and supplied directly to the public without any need for rebate licenses.
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Aroma chemicals - Traditionally organic compounds extracted from nature but more recently synthetic derivatives are compounded or mixed together to form what is know as perfume oil. Simpler fragrances use less aroma chemicals and more complex fragrances use up to 150 different ingredients. Perfumers are highly skilled professionals with an advanced sense of smell who formulate ‘recipes’ for fragrances in much the same way as chef would create dishes.
Ethyl alcohol with the least impurities is ideal. In the process of distilling alcohol other chemicals such as methanol are formed - These are not ideal in perfume making as their strong, foul odours interfere with the fragrance negatively. We recommend using the purest ethanol available - Check and compare the certificate of analysis for impurities.
Perfume base or perfumers alcohol is denatured alcohol specifically for use formulating perfumes. We recommend Fragrasol which is a highly purity denatured ethanol product that has additional ingredients to improve the performance of the final perfume product.
Perfumers alcohol is denatured alcohol specifically for use formulating perfumes. Alcohol is a great carrier of perfume compounds and evaporates quickly once applied to the skin. This is associated with a cooling sensation and the desired perfume remains on the skin once all the alcohol has evaporated.
Denatured alcohol is perfume is pure alcohol that has been denatured - or made unfit for human consumption. Formulators of denatured alcohol should take care to denature the ethanol in a way that does not affect the smell negatively but should make the taste unpalatable. By denaturing alcohol manufacturers of perfume are exempt from paying duty normally associated with beverage alcohol applications.
A solvent is a liquid that has the ability to dissolve a solute into a solution. Perfume oil is the root ingredient of all perfumes and needs to be dissolved into solvent to form a liquid that is easily applied to the body. Alcohol is the ideal solvent for perfume oil as it evaporates quickly once applied and has little negative impact on the smell of the perfume.
Alcohol is merely the carrier or solvent of perfume. Once perfume oil or perfume compound is mixed with alcohol it becomes a perfume spray. Fragrances are given different names depending on their concentration. Below is a guide to the naming protocol associated with perfume sprays:
- Eau de Cologne is between 2-5% Perfume oil.
- Eau de Toilette is between 4-10% Perfume oil
- Eau de Parfum is between 8-15% Perfume oil
- Perfume or Extrait is between 15-25% Perfume oil
Yes it is very simple to make perfume at home. You will need to buy perfume oil as well as perfumers alcohol or perfume base and mix together at the desired strength. Leave to stand in the a cool place for up to 30 days and then decant into a perfume spray bottle.
Perfume is made by mixing a perfume oil or perfume compound with a carrier - typically ethanol or alcohol. Concentrations vary form 3% - 25% of perfume oil and the higher the ratio of oil the more intense and long lasting the perfume will be.
Alcohol works by dissolving the perfume oil into a liquid and acts as a carrier of the fragrance. This allows the user to apply the perfume more liberally to the skin. Perfume on its own is very overpowering and therefore difficult to apply on its own. Once on the skin the alcohol evaporates leaving the perfume scent behind.
Cosmetic grade alcohol is alcohol that is regarded as having a high enough purity to be used in cosmetic applications such as perfume making. Purity means ethanol that has a very small concentration of chemicals that are formed in the process of distilling alcohol such as methanol, ethyl acetate and acetic acid.
Ethanol is ultimately alcohol, which is the carrier of perfume. Using Ethanol in perfume creates a highly evaporative, long-lasting base for your perfume.