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Perfumers Alcohol - Where To Get It And Which Kind?

Discussion in 'The Natural Perfumer's Palette' started by bushido, Sep 9, 2019.

  1. bushido

    bushido Just Arrived


    I am thinking of diluting some of my oud oils in perfumers alcohol. Of course I would like to try a few drops first before doing anything else.

    Does anyone have any advice on:

    1. Where to get it?
    2. Any specific type I should look for?
    3. Equipment/tools to use when mixing oil and alcohol?

    Thank you in advance!
  2. Woodland Note

    Woodland Note Moderator Staff Member

    Where do you live bushido?

    I'm using pure food-grade ethanol, 190 proof. This one:

    Around $3 for 1ooml. (In my country.) Available also in 200ml and 500ml bottles. But I prefer smaller ones since it's evaporating quite fast when bottle is frequently opened. There are various brands but I recommend Polmos.

    You can get it in alcoholic beverage focused shops.
  3. Mr.P

    Mr.P Evoloudtionary Bioudlogist

    I’d avoid perfumers alcohol and go for pure alcohol. In the US at least “perfumers alcohol” is not an improvement over plain alcohol - but just made inedible to satisfy all the taxation requirements
    Last edited: Sep 9, 2019
  4. bushido

    bushido Just Arrived

    Hi, thanks for the replies. I live in Sweden where it unfortunately is almost impossible to get hold of pure ethanol. Therefore perfumers alcohol etc if made available to buy in the EU could be a better option.
  5. Martin

    Martin Oud Novice

    I use 190 proof Everclear alcohol and a glass beaker. I just completed an oud based fragrance that I'm quite pleased with.
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  6. pspd

    pspd Whats this Oud About?

    Well I get 96% Denatured Ethanol . the best so far I tried.
  7. Mr.P

    Mr.P Evoloudtionary Bioudlogist

    All depends on the denaturant. The denatured lab alcohol I have is awful - reeks of methanol. There are specially denatured alcohols for perfume purposes like “sda 39-c”. Each uses a different chemical substance. Bitter, emetic, poisonous, etc..
  8. Kabir Attars

    Kabir Attars OudSufi

    I'm with Martin I use 190 proof Everclear alcohol works fine for me.
  9. Mr.P

    Mr.P Evoloudtionary Bioudlogist

    Likewise but some folks can’t legally buy undenatured. I would avoid perfumer’s alcohol because it really is just formulated with respect to taxation and palatability, not aroma.

    that said, I hear specially distilled 95% like from grape sugar or other sources may make a finer perfume than everclear which is just corn alcohol and not produced with aroma in mind.
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  10. Kabir Attars

    Kabir Attars OudSufi

    Thanks for the tip
  11. Lupin fox

    Lupin fox Oud Fan

    If you live in Britain and don't have access to pure grain alcohol then Balkan 88% alcohol vodka does the job.
    It is quad filtered so has next to no taste or smell/ impurities so is perfect for making perfume......you may have a little bit more material to filter but it works well for me and does not taint the scent like some PA's.
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