Frequently Asked Questions
About our oils
- Why do most people prefer these oils to the designer perfume?
- Where do you get the oils from?
- How do you use the oils?
- What is the shelf life of your oils?
- Why are your oils more expensive than some other competitors?
- How do I make cologne/perfume from your oils?
- Are there differences between the colognes/perfumes and the oils?
- How can a fragrance be duplicated?
1. Why do most people prefer these oils to the designer perfume?
These oils are top quality and easily outlast the designer perfumes with just a few dabs. More drops can be added to produce a longer lasting smell and the irritating alcohol smell is not present since the oils contain no alcohol. The very affordable price is also another added bonus.
2. Where do you get the oils from?
Most of the oils are purchased from a major perfume oil manufacturer, distributor, and importer who has been in business for over 20 years and that supplies actual perfume companies. Some oils are imported and some are manufactured in the US.
3. How do you use the oils?
The oils have very many uses. Most consumers like to use the oils as substitutes for their favorite perfumes or colognes by simplying applying a few dabs to their skin.
Some customers use the oils to make just about any other scented product. With the proper ingredients, the oils can also be used to make incense, scented soaps, potpourri, air fresheners, shampoos, lotions, shower gels, gel candles (but not wax), bath crystals, massage oils, bath oils, and shampoos.
4. What is the shelf life of your oils?
The oils have a very long shelf life as long as they are kept out of direct sunlight and extreme heat. These oils can easily maintain their strength for well over 10 years.
5. Why are your oils more expensive than some other competitors?
We sell only top quality grade A oils, the same formulation and quality of oil used in designer perfumes. Don't be fooled by cheap imitations that wear off quickly or don't have all the fragrance notes duplicated correctly.
6. How do I make cologne/perfume from your oils?
Perfume companies use a special alcohol solution containing fixatives. However, in many instances, the results can be nearly duplicated with household ingredients. If you wish to make perfume or cologne out of the oil, basically add 3oz of alcohol solution to make eau de cologne/perfume or 5oz of alcohol to make eau de toilette to 1oz of the concentrated oil. It is best to start with a small amount of oil and add alcohol solution gradually, testing as you go along since alcohols and oils vary in strength.
Some dilutants that can be used to soften the scent of the oils are grain alcohol, jojoba oil, IPM, or witch hazel. Deionized water can also be used to reduce the strength of the alcohol - normal water will not dissolve with the oil.
3.4 oz of generic homemade alcohol solution contains 1oz of water and 2.4 oz alcohol.
7. Are there differences between the colognes/perfumes and the oils?
Most oils are indistinguishable for the designer cologne or perfume. A few dabs on the skin is all that is needed as the scent is highly concentrated.
However, there are some instances where the oil scent may not match the perfume scent initially. These occurences are explained as follows:
- The Dilultion Effect - Because the oil is highly concentrated, the scent of the oil is sometimes noticeably denser than the scent of the perfume. This is easily corrected by diluting the oil with alcohol (water can also be used with small quantities for a short-term solution). If you wait a few minutes, however, the intensity of the oil will fade enough so that the scent matches the perfume.
- The Evaporation Effect - A few perfumes and colognes have scents that change during the first few minutes of application. This is because the alcohol evaporates off some of the scent notes during the first few minutes. Obviously, the oil does not exhibit this effect as it contains no alcohol solution with fixatives. In most cases, wait a few minutes and the scent of the oil should match the perfume.
- Body Chemistry - Some people have sensitive body chemistry. This is rare, but for these people the oil does not react as well to the skin. Concentrated oils can be much more sensitive to body chemistry than perfumes. Dilution should reduce the sensitivity to body chemistry.
8. How can a fragrance be duplicated?
The technique is a reverse engineering process. A gas chromatograph is used to separate all the different components of a fragrance. The fragrance is then rebuilt from scratch. Since each raw material is a blend of chemicals, a good knowledge of their makeup is required in order to make an acceptable match. Modern equipment, such as a mass spectrometer, helps tremendously, giving a positive identification of each chemical. The perfumer's task is to take all the information and reconstitute the target fragrance. Because of the wide variety of raw material manufacturers around the world, it is very unlikely that you would have the exact same ingredients as in the original fragrance making a perfect duplication impossible. The perfumer will get as close as possible to recreate the olfactive illusion of the target.