Perfumer Questions

Below are a few common perfume making questions to get you started. If you have any questions that aren't answered here, download our Beginner's Guide to Perfumery or contact us.

Q: Will your fragrance notes and essential oils blend with alcohol, oil, wax, and water?

A. They will blend with alcohol, oil, and wax but not water. 

Q: What are fragrance notes and how are they used?

Fragrance Notes are a blend of essential oils and aromachemicals, which are synthetic aromatic materials. These are created in a lab; they can start as naturals and have their chemical structure modified, or they can be created uniquely through the magic of science.

Molecules can replicate what you might find in a natural ingredient (for example, vanillin can be created synthetically, thus saving the environment from unsustainable vanilla harvesting).

With synthetic scents, you have available to you an expansive library of fragrances that you cannot find in natural perfumery, like apple, chocolate, or fresh cut grass. However, these do not carry the aromatherapy benefits of essential oils, and they can contain dangerous ingredients too, like phthalates. 

Q: What are essential oils and how are they used?

Essential oils are concentrated liquids taken directly from the roots, bark, leaves, stems, flowers, or other part of a plant. Most essential oils are distilled from a plant using steam or water. The oil carries a distinctive scent (also called “essence”) of the plant.

Essential oils are used in aromatherapy, which is a centuries-old practice of using natural essences to promote mental and physical well-being.

Essential oils vary in price, and are typically more expensive than fragrance oils, but well worth the additional cost for the aroma and psychological benefits they bring to the field of perfumery.

These benefits of essential oils must be weighed against environmental issues such as sustainability. For example, the harvesting of sandalwood, vanilla, and patchouli have extreme negative impacts on the land. 

Q: Are you products tested on animals?

Absolutely not! All of Vetiver's products contain no animal products nor are they tested on animals. They are all Vegan, the with exception of Beeswax. Beeswax is considered to be Vegetarian, because although it does not harm any bees in the process it is still by-product of the animal.

Q: Do your oils work in cold-processed soap or candles?

A: Yes, they will! Money back guarantee if you do encounter seizing or other such problems. See usage chart below for recommendations.

Q: What are your usage rate recommendations?

Perfume & Cologne Dilutions

Strongest Parfum 16-20% fragrance/essential oil : 80-84% carrier agent
Eau de Parfum 11-15% fragrance/essential oil : 89-85% carrier agent
Eau de Toilette 10% fragrance/essential oil : 90% carrier agent
Eau de Cologne 6-9% fragrance/essential oil : 91-94% carrier agent
Body Spray 5% fragrance/essential oil : 95% carrier agent


Other Product Dilutions

Bath Salts 1/16 oz per lb
Body Oil Normal: 1-1 or Strong: 2-1
Candlemaking 1/4-1/2 oz per lb in paraffins
Soy Candlemaking Works well in some soy candles, you will need to test.
CP Soapmaking 1/4-1/2 oz per lb in mixtures
HP/MP Soapmaking 1/4-1/3 oz per lb in mixtures
Incense Making Dilute 3-1 or 4-1 (base - FO/EO) depending on preference
Lampe Bergers 7 ml per lb of ethanol or Lampe Berger fuel
Lotions/Shower Gel/Massage Oil 1/8-1/4 oz per lb
Oil Burning 2-1 or 3-1 (base - FO/EO) depending on preference
Potpourri Sachets 2-1 or 3-1 (base - FO/EO) depending on preference
Room/Linen Spray 5-10% fragrance/essential oil : 90-95% carrier agent


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