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Perfume Strengths and Products

In this guide I will discuss the various perfume strengths and types of perfumed products available on the market. This is in essence a breakdown on the differences between eau de toilette, eau de parfum, cologne, etc.

Fragrances are priced according to their essential oil and alcohol content. The higher concentration of essential oils, the more expensive the perfume will be. The percentages given below are only a guide and vary from manufacturer to manufacturer.

Essential oils: these oils come from natural sources and are responsible for the scent of perfumes. These essences are diffused through the tissues of a plant, as in the petals of a flower, these oils are extracted by means of distillation. The oils can also be synthesized from petroleum and other sources. essential oils have the property of becoming gaseous at ordinary room temperatures. They are called essential oils after the Latin word essentia, meaning "a liquid that easily becomes a gaseous essence". because they vaporize so easily, the essential oils have also been called "volatile oils", from the Latin word volare, "to fly". The oils are also called spirits by the old apothecaries, one example is spirits of turpentine, meaning the essential oil of pine.

Absolute: The essential oil of scented flowers and other aromatic plant parts in its purest and most concentrated form, It is extremely expensive. Attars, also called otto is essential oil obtained from a flower, such as rose or jasmine by distillation.

Accord: A combination of scents that blend together to produce a new fragrance. Several famous accords used in perfumery are Mousse de Saxe, Mellis, Miel Blanc and Cuir de Russie.

Bouquet: a mixture of floral notes in a perfume, also a perfume made from a mixture of perfume families.

Concrete or Concreta: a products obtained in the process of extracting essential oils by volatile solvents. When as waxy substance called stearoptene is removed from this you are left with the absolute. But perfumers often prefer to use the concrete rather than the absolute. Molinard carries a line of Concreta.

Perfumer's alcohol: also known as perfumery grade alcohol is another word for ethanol, an important diluent and carrier for perfumes. It comes primarily from the distillation of wine to produce grape spirit (brandy), the earliest perfumery alcohol. Wine distillate retains a certain bouquet of the grapes which interferes with the composition of perfumes, and is quite expensive to manufacture. In light of this, alcohol made from the fermented grains of  rice, wheat, and sorghum are much cheaper alternatives. As well as the starches in sugar beets, potatoes, and corn, as well as the sugar in molasses are also employed as perfumery grade alcohol. Perfumery alcohol is denatured and is not fit for consumption. Water and glycerine is often added to perfumer's alcohol as they prolong the persistence of the perfume on the skin.

Parfum: also called extrait, parfum classic, extrait de parfum or extract, is the highest concentration of perfume. A perfume may contain 20-30 percent oils and high grade alcohol, and a slight amount of water. Vintage Parfums can often contain at least 22-40 percent essential oils. Due to the high concentration of essential oils. Parfum can last 7 to 24 hours on the skin. Parfum is the most expensive type of perfume. Any mixture lower in oils is known as an eau.

Eau de Parfum: also known as Esprit de Parfum, Secret de Parfum, Millesime, or Parfum de Toilette, is composed of 10-15 percent of essential oils with a slightly weaker alcohol and water mix. Vintage Eau de Parfum, Esprit de Parfum, or Parfum de Toilettes were often made up of 15-20 percent essential oils and were highly concentrated. Eau de Parfums usually last about 4-8 hours.

Eau de Toilette: also called toilet water, is a much thinner dilution of the same materials, containing approximately only 4-10 percent of essential oils, in an even weaker alcohol and water mixture. Vintage Eau de Toilettes often can contain up to 5-15 percent essential oils and were much more concentrated than modern formulas. Eau de Toilettes usually last about 3 hours. Meant to be splashed or sprayed throughout the day to freshen up. Perfect for wearing during daytime, or during the warmer months or warmer climates.

Eau de Cologne: for men or women, or aftershave, is further diluted, about 3-5 percent of essential oils, in an even still weaker alcohol and water mix. Usually lasts about 2 hours. Meant to be liberally splashed or sprayed throughout the day to freshen up. Perfect for wearing during daytime, or during the warmer months or warmer climates. Used for toning and refreshing the skin after bathing.

Eau Fraiche: this is the weakest form of fragrance on the market, a light toilet water similar to cologne or splash usually with 1-3 percent of essential oil in water and a higher grade of alcohol. Usually lasts for less than an hour. Meant to be liberally reapplied throughout the day for a refreshing feeling. Perfect for wearing during daytime, or during the warmer months or warmer climates.

Voile de Parfum: also known as Eau Parfumée, Voile d'Été, Eau Sans Alcool, Brume de Parfum, Perfume Mist, is a non-alcoholic fragrance diluted with water and about 3-8 percent essential oils. Typically used to be worn during the warmer months at the beach or in warmer climates.

Natural Spray: is a fragrance that uses a non-aerosol pump to emit a fine mist.

Dry Perfume: a recent development by which tiny, pearlized microcapsules, looking like power are placed on the skin and stroked, when they break and release a perfume.

Moisturizing Skin Spray: a fragrance that is alcohol free and contains moisturizers to keep skin feeling soft and silky.

Creams and lotions: most creams contain a fragrance content that is same as that of the eau de toilette, five percent essential oils. The rest of the formula is a blend of lanolin, beeswax, mineral oil, lard, petroleum jelly, or other fats and oils.

Vintage "lotions" are not actually moisturizers but in fact highly concentrated eau de cologne or eau de toilettes that were meant to be rubbed liberally all over the body after a bath or to freshen up. You may also find scented "lotions" that were meant to apply to the hair and scalp, these were known as "friction lotions", and were daily hair grooming and maintenance tonic lotions that would leave the scalp invigorated and cool. A skin freshener contains up to 15 percent alcohol, while a friction lotion may contain as much as 50 percent. As they are rubbed into the skin the alcohol evaporates, leaving the moisture for the skin to absorb. The skin is left smooth and fresh and pores closed.

Stick perfumes, pomades, unguent, and solid perfume: an essential oil dissolved in wax, sometimes some other fats, ointments that are blended in to make it easier to apply to the skin or head.

Soaps and soap products: composed of fatty acids and a small amount of essential oils.

Bath Oils: a combination of fifteen percent essential oils blended with mineral oil, lanolin, or other fatty oils of plant origin. Bath oils are poured into the tub while warm water is running, or rubbed on the body before a shower, they soften the water and keep the skin from drying, and leave the skin lightly scented as well.

Bath Beads or Bath Pearls: Spherical gelatin capsules coated with a pearling agent such as is used in nail varnish, for example, are sometimes marketed as 'pearls'. When gelatin capsules are added to the hot bath the gelatin dissolves in the hot water and the contents disperse or dissolve. The high level of water-insoluble mineral oils in bath oil preparations allows for other unusual presentations, and products containing two or more separate layers are marketed on occasion. By the use of both water-soluble and oil-soluble dyes, each phase can be colored differently.

Bubble Bath: originally made as a form of bath salts, bubble baths form a light foam as the salts dissolve under running water. The pressure of the water increases the amount of bubbles, so faucets should be turned on full force. Other bubble baths were made in liquid form.

Bath salts: essential oils added to sodium bicarbonate(baking soda) and sodium carbotage.

Bath powder, also known as Dusting Powder or Talcum Powder: In perfumed dusting powders, fragrance can account for only as much as 5 percent of the total content. Essential oils are mixed with talc or cornstarch. The talc is ground very fine and is purified, sometimes supplemented with china clay and starches. It is then sifted through silk screens. These powders perfume, soothe and smooth skin, absorb perspiration and prevent chafing. These powders are made to dust on heavily for a cooling effect and are not suitable as face powders as they will not stick on the skin or spread evenly. Vintage body powders and talcums differ from face powders in that they possess little or no adhesive or covering qualities and are composed almost entirely of talc Their purpose is to give a cooling effect and a delicate odor.

Vintage dusting powders, talcs and sachet powders can often lose their fragrance over time. in order to revive or re-scent your vintage powders/sachets etc, you need to add a few drops of the actual parfum (extrait) and not the eau de parfum or eau de toilette. There is not enough essential oils in EDP, EDT and EDC to impregnate the powders. You need to add these drops and tightly seal the container, open after a week then stir it up, you may wish to add a few more drops, and stir again, keep sealed and open after two weeks, see how it is.  I also use a sifter to help blend the fragrance within the powder.

I was able to revive the scent of some 1980s Shalimar dusting powder for my own usage. I used 1980s vintage shalimar parfum to do this.

Face Powders: made much like dusting powders, but very finely milled and only have a hint of fragrance. Cotys Airspun Face Powder, was originally available in several of Coty's famous scents: Emeraude, L'Aimant, L'Origan and each box was subtly scented and meant to harmonize with the perfume of choice.

Potpourri: a mixture of fragrant materials, usually dried and including rose petals, placed in a jar or bowl to perfume a room.

Sillage: the aroma left by a person wearing perfume who walks past. It is French and is pronounced "siyaj", it means "wake".

Synthetic fragrance: a laboratory made imitation of a natural perfume or a fragrance made in a laboratory that does not exist in nature. Many synthetics are derived from natural materials. Gerianol, for example, provides the basic part of the fragrance in a rose, but can be more cheaply and abundantly obtained from a geranium. Several thousand synthetics are now available for perfumers to use.

Fragrance blotter: also called a smelling strip or mouillette. The strip of absorbent papers that perfumers use when testing their fragrances. Or when you are trying out new perfumes at the counter.

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