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  1. #1

    Default Alcohol for mixing

    Hi, I'm totally new here so bear with me.

    I've been reading up around here a lot but I have a couple of questions:

    1) Most of the instructions for making a fragrance (such as the stickier Primer) list out the amount of drops per scent, but don't specify how much dilution/alcohol is being used. For example the primer lists this:

    • Sultans Pleasure:
    • patchouli - 2 drops
    • lavender - 2 drops
    • ylang-ylang - 3 drops
    • jasmine - 1 drop

    There is no indication for how much carrier liquid is used. This is a common theme with many of the mix samples I've seen posted here.

    2) Grain alcohol is mentioned a lot as the dilution, but I read that it would be illegal to sell perfume/cologne that uses grain alcohol (such as everclear) as the dillution. Is this true? If so, why - and can you point me to a reference?

    I'm sure I'll have tons of other questions for you folks but that is all for now.

    Thanks for your helpful community!

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    Default Re: Alcohol for mixing

    Dilution rates are as per your own preferences, but often are 15-20% fragrance to 80-85% alcohol.

    The US ATF only cares whether they collect their taxes on each volume of Alcohol. If the taxes have been paid, ala you buy a bottle of 190 Proof Everclear at the store, then there is zero conflict or illegality, because you paid the taxes. Sell away to your heart's content with retail purchased consumable grain alcohol.

    Last edited by pkiler; 12th December 2013 at 06:18 AM.
    Paul Kiler
    PK Perfumes
    Gold Medal for "Best Aroma"; Los Angeles Artisan Fragrance Salon

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    Default Re: Alcohol for mixing

    Sweet, this place is such a great reference!

    Thanks a ton for the answers!

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    Default Re: Alcohol for mixing

    Paul - you don't need to pay tax on it every time you resell?

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    Default Re: Alcohol for mixing

    Sales tax is different than Alcohol Tax, in the USA. But when you check out, you don't see it as a line item on your receipt.

    Paul Kiler
    PK Perfumes
    Gold Medal for "Best Aroma"; Los Angeles Artisan Fragrance Salon

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    Default Re: Alcohol for mixing

    I've obtained my permit to sell perfumes/colognes/sprays, etc. made using alcohol so that I can legally sell it. Alcohol is a regulated ingredient controlled by the ATF's Tax & Trade Bureau. There are also regulations that make it illegal to sell alcohol that has not been denatured with approved denaturants by a specified formula. A yearly report of how much alcohol was purchased, which formula, what the alcohol was used to make, and the sizes of the packages must to completed.

    The alcohol permit covers anything made using alcohol including hair and scalp preparations, soaps, lotions, aftershaves, disinfectants, cleaning solutions, deodorants, etc. Federal regulations also control the distribution of these products by mail, air or surface transportation by class and ID number.

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