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    Default Perfumers alcohol and doctors office alcohol the same?

    I have a question to those who might know... Is the alcohol in perfumes the same as the alcohol used in doctors offices? I have just lately been smelling that distinctive smell like I am getting prepped for a shot with some perfumes these days! I hate it by the way. Not what I would want in a perfume. So has something changed in the perfume making world that they are now using "doctors office" alcohol? Thanks for any and all information you might give me on this.
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    Default Re: Perfumers alcohol and doctors office alcohol the same?

    No totally different.

    Isopropyl Alcohol/Isopropano otherwise known as rubbing alcohol is medical.

    Nothing like the perfume alcohol. Depending if your perfume is made in Europe they basically use vodka like alcohol, US use a slightly different version.
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    Quote Originally Posted by donna255 View Post
    the perfume alcohol. Depending if your perfume is made in Europe they basically use vodka like alcohol, US use a slightly different version.
    Are those different 'denaturing' materials? If so, is that for legal reasons?

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    Default Re: Perfumers alcohol and doctors office alcohol the same?

    Without being a specialist on the subject (and therefore any input from fragrance professionals, DIYers but possibly also medical personnel, cosmetic manufacturers and/or retailers here on BN may be more than welcome), assuming that almost any alcohol/spirit, as long as concentrated, neutral/un-odorous and skin-friendly enough as the same time may be used as fixative for nearly any alcohol-based fragrance.

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    Default Re: Perfumers alcohol and doctors office alcohol the same?

    Quote Originally Posted by donna255 View Post

    Nothing like the perfume alcohol. Depending if your perfume is made in Europe they basically use vodka like alcohol, US use a slightly different version.
    Wasn't aware of that discrepancy.
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    Default Re: Perfumers alcohol and doctors office alcohol the same?

    This has popped up a few times on Basenotes. Its actually to do with the days of Prohibition. They changed the alcohol formula in the US, perhaps to stop people drinking bottles of Chanel 5. LOL Some people swear they can tell the different where a bottle is produced, seems the US alcohol is slightly sweeter.

    I remember a member on another perfume forum, had people check bottles of Coco as she was able to tell if made in the US it being slightly sweeter. Seems Chanel and perhaps others send the concentrate and the country adds the alcohol. Think Coke in Macdonalds etc the mix it with water to serve. The US is suppose to use different alcohol.
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    Default Re: Perfumers alcohol and doctors office alcohol the same?

    My understanding, at least in my neck of the woods, is this:

    Hospitals / Doctor's Office: Most likely Rubbing Alcohol is used, of which is either Isopropyl Alcohol (Isopropanol) or denatured Ethyl Alcohol (Ethanol) in a 70% / 30% water solution. Isopropanol has a rather strong odor and is unfit for consumption. Ethanol, on the other hand, is the type alcohol used in spirits. It does not have a strong odor and denaturing agents are added to make it unfit for consumption. Consumable alcohol is highly taxed in the U.S. and the denaturing of Ethanol, making it unfit for consumption, does away with the public policy necessity to tax it so.

    Perfumery: High concentration (95.6%+) denatured Ethanol is used. Various denaturing agents can be used, of which Isopropanol is but one. I have a little bit left of Perfumers Blend (Snowdrift Farms - SDA 40B): It smells but seems to quickly lose its vigor when used in composition. I've also used 190 proof Everclear (Pure Grain Alcohol, 95% Ethanol / 5% water) from the local liquor store: No big alcohol smell.
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