There are certainly advantages to choosing alcohol-free perfumes over perfumes containing a high amount of alcohol and water. First, pure perfume oils are much more pleasing to the nose, and they are also longer lasting than perfumes with alcohol. In addition, when you smell perfume oil, you can immediately notice the scent, as it is in its pure form. Some perfumes with heavy alcohol contents smell like a big mish-mash of scents, making it hard to decipher top notes, middle notes, and base notes. Keep in mind that perfume oils are a lot like other products, such as shoes and clothes. Sure, there are cheap oils, but their scent will not be as authentic and refreshing as the pure oils. When you purchase alcohol-free perfumes, it is wise to find out exactly what the ingredients are before buying.
Many commercially sold perfumes are made with fillers, namely alcohol, that causes the scent of the perfume to evaporate faster. When you first spray a perfume with a high alcohol content, it tends to smell strong. However, within an hour or two, the scent of the perfume has evaporated considerably, which means you cannot smell it as well, if at all. Alcohol-free perfumes last longer, and they go on much more subtly. This means that when you walk into a room, people don't smell you before they see you.
Remember, alcohol and perfume oils do not mix. First, alcohol will diminish the scent you are trying to capture, and it will cause the fragrance to evaporate faster. In addition, alcohol can be drying and irritating to the skin, causing some people with sensitive skin to have bad reactions. Finally, alcohol-free perfume smells clean and simple, not overpowering or cluttered like some commercial scents.
History of Perfume
The word perfume is derived from the Latin perfume, meaning "through smoke." The art of perfumery was known to the ancient Chinese, Hindus, Egyptians, Israelites, Carthaginians, Arabs, Greeks, and Romans. References to perfumery materials and even perfume formulas are found in the Bible. The burning of incense in religious rites of ancient China, Palestine, and Egypt led gradually to the personal use of perfume known as attars, widespread in ancient Greece and Rome. During the Middle Ages Crusaders brought knowledge of perfumery to Europe from the East. After 1500 Paris was the major center of perfume-making.
What is the difference between perfume oils and perfume?
Please do not confuse these perfume oils with cologne or essential oils. Perfume oils are far more sophisticated than perfume with fillers. Never offensive or overpowering, long lasting and balanced.
%Alcohol & Water
Perfume or Parfum
15% - 30%
85% - 70%
Eau de Parfum
8% - 30%
92% - 70%
Eau De Toilette
4% - 8%
96% - 92%
Eau de Cologne
2% - 5%
98% - 95%
1% - 3%
99% - 97%
Perfume Oil is Better for You
Just like jewelry, pure perfume oils vary tremendously in quality. We have put an incredible amount of time and effort into selecting the best possible quality pure perfume oils and are truly what the designer of the fragrance had in mind when it was created.
Alcohol and Perfume
No Alcohol All commercially available "perfumes" are actually perfume oils with fillers. The fillers are usually alcohol and sometimes water. Why do they add alcohol? The primary purpose of alcohol is to cause the perfume oils to evaporate faster than they would by themselves, sometimes as much as or 15 times more quickly. This gives the impression that the perfume is considerably stronger than it actually is. That is why, when you first put on a commercial fragrance, the aroma may sometimes seem overwhelming to those around you. This also explains why the scent fades dramatically within one or two hours. The perfume oils have evaporated along with the alcohol. The second reason for all those fillers is just clever marketing -- a bigger and fancier bottle containing fragrance plus fillers seems like a much better value than a smaller one of pure oil. Common Problems with Alcohol Perfume
Alcohol tends to kill off or mask some of the subtle notes in many fragrances.
Ethyl alcohol is the most popular alcohol added It is extremely caustic. Many people who think they are allergic to perfume are allergic to the alcohol added to the perfume.
Alcohol is a drying agent - it makes things evaporate including the fragrance and your natural body oils.