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November 27, 2009 6:40 PM   Subscribe

What "base oil" should be used for diluting essential oils to make perfume?

I got my daughter a kit of essential perfume oil so she can make her own perfume. Unfortunately, the kit came without a base oil to do the dilutions. She's tried some of the on-line recommended oils (glycerin, vegetable oils) but they seem too ... well, oily. Are we just being too fussy, or are there better liquids to use?
posted by skyscraper to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (6 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
You can use an alcohol base instead of an oil base. Vodka is commonly used. This site recommends a 100 proof vodka (no smell) and notes different proportions you can try.
posted by dayintoday at 6:59 PM on November 27, 2009

Have you tried diluting with alcohol? Does it mix?
posted by yoyo_nyc at 6:59 PM on November 27, 2009

Well, duh. I should have thought of that - anybody know why the sites I ran into (mostly health/healing/herbal) went with oils and didn't mention alcohol?
posted by skyscraper at 9:00 PM on November 27, 2009

If you dilute it with oil, you're not going to get a perfume. You're going to get a scented oil, which is usually used for massage-stuff.

If you want to make perfume, you need to dilute it with a high concentration alcohol; rubbing alcohol will not dissolve it properly. Vodka is okay, everclear is better. Or you can buy perfumer's alcohol; I got a bunch a long time ago from an online vendor called Snowdrift Farm.

fwiw, I very frequently make perfume from oils so I'm certain about all this.
posted by Nattie at 9:53 PM on November 27, 2009 [2 favorites]

You can also make solid perfumes with a base of jojoba oil and beeswax.
posted by misteraitch at 1:23 AM on November 28, 2009

Thanks, everybody - problem solved!

Nattie, I ended up getting Everclear so the perfume creation process can get going, but we'll keep our eyes out for the perfumer's alcohol for the future.
posted by skyscraper at 5:28 PM on November 28, 2009

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