Q&A: Mixing uncut perfume and cologne oils

From Chris:

Hi Stephanie, I don’t have a perfume making advice question as much as a simple yes or no question. Can the 100% cologne oil knockoffs that you can buy from places like thecommonscents.com and haywardenterprises.com be mixed with alcohol to create an edp or edt? I have no idea about perfume making, but was curious if this was the only step that is needed to make the product a spray. I can’t find the answer anywhere. thanks for the help if you can answer. I look forward to your site.

Chris, this is a great question. Only the answer is more of a “Yes, but…”

It depends on the product that’s being sold, and it takes some reviewing of the wording to determine if they are really uncut fragrance or ready-to-wear. In perfume terms, “Perfume” and “cologne” designate certain concentrations of fragrance (like EDP and EDT), but a vendor could also use those words and simply mean male and female fragrances.

If the fragrances are finished and marketed for wearing out of the bottle, they will be in a carrier. Carriers are the bases that fragrances are blended into to put them at a skin safe concentration. Common carriers are alcohol aka ethanol, natural fixed oils like jojoba, sweet almond oil, and sunflower oil, or other carriers like DPG, mineral oil and silicones. Fixed oils (as opposed to volatile oils that evaporate) will not blend with alcohol, and the others types may blend partially or not at all.

Many sites sell pure uncut fragrance oil and say it’s ready to wear, but I would never recommend wearing undiluted. That’s about 300-400% more than a normal concentration for skin wear, and you could possibly become allergic to the frag components.

If the scents in question are fragrance oils like these that are intended for soapmaking and multiple cosmetics types, then they would be uncut and they should blend completely into alcohol.

Also as a side note, if you are working with a raw aromatic material like a natural resin, often it will not blend fully but you’re not as likely to encounter that when purchasing fragrance oils prepared for the market.

8 thoughts on “Q&A: Mixing uncut perfume and cologne oils

  1. Teryl says:

    I recently bought some fragrance oils that were very good smelling but were so strong that they gave me a mild irritation almost like a burn, but this doesn’t happen with all the oils I buy just certain one’s. I bought fractionated coconut oil to try and dilute it since several videos said not to put pure oil on your skin. This I did and it mixed pretty well with my sweet almond oil scent though not so much with my Blue Nile. I’m wondering if I have to shake it up X amount of times per day or is there another process I can do to dilute w/o using alcohol? I’ve also tried DPG which doesn’t seem to dilute at all but only separates 10x’s worse than the coconut oil. Plus I seen the reviews on DPG and apparently it’s not good when you burn or inhale it via Oil Warmers. I’m losted

    • Stephanie Vinson says:

      Hi Teryl,

      I wonder if your separating one already has some carrier in it. FCO blends well with most fragrance ingredients as well as other oils, but not all. It doesn’t mix well with alcohol or water based ingredients. I’ve also seen DPG based fragrances that were so completely separated it looked like oil and water… which is pretty much what it is, as DPG is normally used as a solvent for alcohol & water soluble fragrances.

      For one that’s completely separating there’s not much you can do but shake it up to apply, or try and use a dropper to draw off the fragrance to re-bottle it.

      If you have a mix that’s mostly blended but cloudy, you can let it sit “until the dust settles” and use a dropper to carefully separate out the clear oil from the fallout.

  2. fairandsquare says:

    I have been getting my essential oils from almost every where. Trust me when I say there’s a big difference between fragrance oil & essential oils. If you’re getting the real uncut stuff then the price is right.

  3. Stephanie K says:

    Hi Bee,

    Natural oils cost much more than the synthetic chemical ingredients found in the vast majority of store brands. Big companies will downgrade to the cheapest ingredients available to make their products cheaper, but then the quality is poor. The brands that do use good, pure natural ingredients tend to be high-end and very pricey.

    My reason for starting this business is to make products with quality natural oils that more people can afford to enjoy. I strive to offer my products at reasonable prices, but what’s considered ‘reasonable’ is relative. I would be happy to listen to your feedback and how much you feel they should be worth.

  4. Betty says:

    Stephanie i enjoy your videos and have watched many times.I love your little perfume bottles can you tell me where to get perfume bottles. I have some blends waiting to be bottled but cannot find bottles especially masculine looking ones. I love your labels also

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