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Author: Maria Schasteen

How Perfume Is Made Today

Perfume is a scented liquid worn on the skin to impart a pleasant odor. Perfume is made up of animal and plant-based aromatic compounds, dissolved in a mixture of alcohol and water. Perfume is the most highly concentrated form of fragrance. The ratio of alcohol to scent determines whether the perfume is "eau de toilette" (toilet water) or cologne.

Perfume - The Sensuous, Long-Lasting Fragrance

To be termed a "true" or "real" perfume, a fragrance must contain at least 15 pure or 190 proof) through a process known as maceration. The concentration of fragrance oils and alcohol are then combined in stainless steel vats for a period of weeks, sometimes months, allowing the molecules of the plants to blend together.

Both cologne and discount perfume that have blends of floral and citrus-based fragrances are recommended for casual and daywear. Spicy, woody or warm amber-based fragrances are traditionally favorites for evening and special occasions.

Conclusion: What Perfume Should You Choose?

There are several categories of fragrances available today: perfume is most concentrated, followed by eau de parfum, eau de toilette, and eau de cologne, each containing a lesser degree of aromatic oils, respectively. Pure perfume is rarely sold, since it is prohibitively expensive and too easy to 'overdo'. With so many different fragrances to choose from, you'll find the right scent that uplifts your senses.

The healthiest perfume are therapeutic-grade essential oils - they are unadulterated, not mixed with additives, and 100% pure. Most of all, they are certain not to harm animals, because they are derived solely of plant materials without the use of stabilizing agents scraped from tormented animals!

They are followed by natural fragrance extracts in an alcohol base. The alcohol destroys the healing power of the live essence (essential oil), but the fragrance oils smell nice. Last but most common today are the synthetic fragrances. They cannot be discerned from true natural scents, are much cheaper to produce, and are added to all the common "aromatherapy" products on the market today like room fresheners, scented toilet cleaners, and of course perfume. They may cause headache to unsuspected and sensitive users.

Looking for a safe, healing, uplifting and environmental conscious perfume: Therapeutic-grade essential oils ( are best suited as perfume because they are pure and unadulterated, and contain no additives. They are kind and safe to wear, and clarify and magnetize the aura of the wearer.

About the author: Maria Schasteen is editor of, Nature's Most Trusted Therapeutic-Grade Essential Oils Store.

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