Q: Why is alcohol used in perfume?

A: Alcohol has a bad rap in the cosmetic industry. It is rumored to be drying causing skin irritation. I suppose if you apply rubbing alcohol to the skin that is indeed what you will get. Our special SD Perfuming alcohol evaporates quickly and is infused with vitamins and anti oxidants. Our perfume alcohol actually cools and refreshes the skin. The use of SD alcohol in perfume helps break down perfume ingredients. It helps merge oils and aroma products together. SD Alcohol evaporates almost instantly, which makes it an ideal base for perfumes. Alcohol helps diffuse and lift perfumes notes. The use of alcohol in perfume was as early as the 12th century in northwest Europe. Its use was not widespread until later in England around the 14th century. Ethyl alcohol is the most commonly alcohol used in perfuming. Alcohol must be rendered undrinkable so that it cannot be illegally diverted for use in alcoholic beverages. This process is called denaturing. It appears on cosmetic and perfume labels as "SD Alcohol".

Q: Are synthetics aromas bad for me?

A: NO. They are in almost all perfumes on the market today. Even some that say there all natural they are still using synthetics. The use of synthetic ingredients helps preserve the environment. Take the indigenous sandalwood trees of India that are now on the endangered list or the musk deer with threaten extinction.  Synthetics can offer the same scents without destroying plant or animal life.

Q: What are aroma Chemicals?

A: Aroma chemicals are manufactured aromas. They are the bits and pieces of smells. Like the spice in carnation or the floral in carnation depending on the aroma chemical you use. Aroma chemicals are what give the perfumer the ability to tweak or lead a formula in a desired direction. Our aroma chemicals are the same raw aroma materials used in all of the fine perfume houses all over the world. These raw materials are ready for use. Many aroma chemicals in there original states are solid, crystallized, powdered and extremely viscous. We liquefy and dilute these aromas so they are ready for use in your formulas. Top perfuming schools and perfumers use raw materials and essential oils at a 1 to 40% solution. We also sell aroma chemicals un diluted in full strength.

Q: What are your aroma notes?
A: Our aroma notes are prepared using many different aroma materials.
Using these prepared (complex components) helps achieve a more complete
perfume with out having hundreds of raw aroma materials on hand. We use
many different perfume grade essential oils, absolutes and synthetic aromas
to achieve a useful additive for creating your finished product.

Q: What are essential oils?
A: An essential oil is any concentrated, hydrophobic liquid containing volatile aroma compounds from plants. They are also known as volatile or ethereal oils, or simply as the "oil of" the plant material from which they were extracted, such as oil of clove. The term essential indicates that the oil carries distinctive scent (essence) of the plant, not that it is an especially important or fundamental substance.

Q: Can I make my favorite perfume?

A: You might get close if you experiment. We do not offer formulas. We would rather see you develop your own unique fine fragrance. try http://www.osmoz.com/encyclo/marques.asp to research what sort of perfume you like and want to make. Don’t forget to come back to us. Book mark us now. 

Q: What is phototoxicity.

A: When the skin becomes irritated and discoloration when exposed to the sun. This is a side affect of some essential oils.

Q: What is the best way to dispose of essential oils and aroma chemicals?
A: Please find out the local law in your state for the disposal of all perfume and fragranced material. We use a clay absorbent kitty litter for any unwanted aroma liquid.

Q: Why use essential oils and synthetics?

A: An artist uses many mediums. If a painter were to try to paint a painting using only 2 colors it would be limiting. Why not use a full pallet and have as many choices as possible.
Essential oils and synthetics have been used together in perfuming sense the 1800s.

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