Perfumes – dilution is the solution! 2

How do you apply your perfume?

How do you apply your perfume?

Our technical support team was recently asked a question about perfumes.

The asker wants to know if she can use our fragrance oils straight from the bottle as a perfume.

The answer is NO! Each of our fragrance oils is very concentrated. We want people to dilute the fragrance oil into a suitable carrier. If you want to make roller bottle perfumes then a good carrier is Jojoba Oil or Fractionated Coconut Oil. A little bit of body helps make a smooth application. If the mixture in a roller bottle were too fluid it would leak out too fast and application would be messy.

If the application is through a mister then water or cyclomethicone are good choices. Remember to use an appropriate emulsifer when using water as the carrier.

Remember to dilute! It is the only way to make a great perfume.


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About Tina

I started in 1996 with the help of my husband. Now I get to help people make all kinds of soaps and bath and body products. I think my favorite things to make are lip balms and lotions/creams. Of course I get most of the soap technical support questions because that is my strong knowledge area. Glad this blog is here!

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2 thoughts on “Perfumes – dilution is the solution!

  • Lauri

    I guess I am not sure why the answer is no. I use FOs as perfume straight out of the bottle almost every day.
    I just use a drop on each wrist and don’t find it overpowering.

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    • Tina Post author


      When the fragrance oils are used as an uncut scent they are too strong to be used on the body. Not only do we worry about skin irritation at the time of application until it wears off, but we worry about causing a chemical sensitivity with the body. IFRA is an organization that is made up of industry professionals (including those trained in dermatology). Each fragrance oil has a limit of how much can be applied to the body depending on how it is applied. A perfume is a leave-on product, soap is a wash off product and each of these types of application have different maximum usage. A man’s shaven face would have a leave-on product as a moisturizer and this usage rate is much lower than application to the feet, even though both are moisturizers.

      For your safety, please dilute. If you are buying MMS fragrance oils you must dilute. Other vendors may already cut their fragrance oils but we do not.


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