Do you need a carrier oil if essential oil is mixed with perfumer alcohol

    Do you need a carrier oil if essential oil is mixed with perfumer alcohol

    post #1 of 21
    Thread Starter 
    I have just made a perfume done to a recipe givens to me buy a company it called for some essential oils and some alcohol but didn't mention a carrier oil do you think it would be ok to put on skin (not toxic) Thanks for your help
    post #2 of 21

    If you've bought it from a reputable vendor it shouldn't be remotely toxic, although 'recipe' makes it sound more like a cocktail :)

    Perhaps you should just try a little bit first in case you have unusually sensitive skin.

    Not sure why you would want a carrier oil in addition to alcohol 'though.

    post #3 of 21
    Thread Starter 
    Thank you for your reply I just wasn't sure if it needed bot alcohol and carrier oil to be safe if the perfume does cause a rash is there anything I can add that might stop this?
    Thank you for your help
    post #4 of 21

    I doubt whether adding anything would help if that were the case, but I'm not an expert.

    Possibly subtracting something might be better, but it's an unusual scenario.

    post #5 of 21
    Thread Starter 
    Ah ok thanks just me and my overly sensitive skiing smile.gif thank you so much for your help I hope to soon be a bit more knowable on this subject
    post #6 of 21

    You're welcome - experts are normally available but we generally have to wait longer for them.

    If you ever get bored waiting, there are loads of old and interesting threads to read here :)

    post #7 of 21
    Thread Starter 
    Ta very much will be sure to check them out
    post #8 of 21
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    Originally Posted by lunawolf91View Post

    Ah ok thanks just me and my overly sensitive skiing smile.gif thank you so much for your help I hope to soon be a bit more knowable on this subject

    Really sensitiv skin and perfume is not always a good combination. :-( I'd suggest trying your new perfume at home first, so you can wash if off if problems arises. Diluting the perfume a little bit more is a good idea. Alcohol is drying to the skin but it's the scent molecules that are the most likely irritants.

    post #9 of 21
    Thread Starter 
    Ah ok thanks will try adding a little more dilute and see if it helps
    Thank you
    post #10 of 21

    Thank you Onion, good idea.

    Although it might be an idea to put some unscented moisturiser on your skin first before diluting your concoction too much (if you're happy with the smell) so that there's a barrier to protect your skin.

    post #11 of 21
    Thread Starter 
    That's true maybe I could also try using less oil to help would depend on how strong they are
    post #12 of 21

    Are you happy with the smell?

    If you are, changing the ratios would presumably alter that.

    I'd try it with some moisturiser on your skin first or it might be a waste of the ingredients already used.

    post #13 of 21

    Luna, it depends on the oils you're using and what you want to do with them. There's no need to use both alcohol (you are using the correct kind of alcohol, right?) and a carrier oil together. Just make sure your dilutions are at safe levels and experiment a little with strength. An initial approach might be to blend at a 2:10 ration of oil concentration/alcohol at first for a powerful mix, or 1:10 for something lighter. Also, keep in mind that the mix needs to sit for a little time before wearing.

    post #14 of 21
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by lppView Post

    Are you happy with the smell?

    If you are, changing the ratios would presumably alter that.

    I'd try it with some moisturiser on your skin first or it might be a waste of the ingredients already used.

    Oh, I didn't know that. Good to know! I need to do a little experimenting on that. (Then how do they do commercial series of perfume, eau de perfume, eau de cologne, eau de toilette?)

    As someone with truly sensitive skin, I wouldn't use anything that gives me rashes unless I put a moisturiser on the skin first. And I'd hesitate to put something on my skin that gives me rashes in the double concentration. What if my skin becomes more sensitive in the sun? or after long or regular exposure?

    I would investigate the oils in the perfume by diluting them to the concentration you have in your perfume, putting it on my skin - at different patches - and wait for reaction. And then I would give the culprit away, or sell it to someone who isn't sensitive to it.Note that skin that has recently had some kind of rash is more sensitive, so if you do it choose other parts of your skin than the one you recently put irritants on.

    post #15 of 21

    Some essential oils are known as more irritants than others. If you post the recipe here, someone might have suggestions if these are typically safe or known irritants. Since it's a recipe from the company you bought the oils from I guess you won't hesitate to share it.

    post #16 of 21
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by TheOnionView Post

    Oh, I didn't know that. Good to know! I need to do a little experimenting on that. (Then how do they do commercial series of perfume, eau de perfume, eau de cologne, eau de toilette?)

    As someone with truly sensitive skin, I wouldn't use anything that gives me rashes unless I put a moisturiser on the skin first. And I'd hesitate to put something on my skin that gives me rashes in the double concentration. What if my skin becomes more sensitive in the sun? or after long or regular exposure?

    I would investigate the oils in the perfume by diluting them to the concentration you have in your perfume, putting it on my skin - at different patches - and wait for reaction. And then I would give the culprit away, or sell it to someone who isn't sensitive to it.Note that skin that has recently had some kind of rash is more sensitive, so if you do it choose other parts of your skin than the one you recently put irritants on.

    I think that deadidol gave a good clue above in respect of some dilution examples.

    It may be a good idea for the O.P. to list their ingredients and 'recipe', but anyone can be allergic to anything so that might not be totally foolproof either.

    If they are worried about very sensitive skin, making their own concoctions might not be a very good idea as they are likely to contain ingredients in higher doses than 'ready made' fragrances.

    My concern is that the O.P. shouldn't risk wasting expensive ingredients without trying a more simple approach first.

    But an expert will be able to help you both more if required.

    post #17 of 21
    Thread Starter 
    I have been doing 30 drops in total to 9ml of alcohol one supplied by a perfume making company I hope this is ok
    post #18 of 21




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