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Offline aquib

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Scent carriers
« on: 27/12/2005 20:17:32 »
Hello,

I hope that you chaps will be able to guide me on this small query. The niggling question that I have is this; Apart from alcohol, what element is the best carrier of scent?

I am sure you guys will rise to the challenge.[:I]

Cheers,

Aquib


 

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Re: Scent carriers
« Reply #1 on: 27/12/2005 21:56:23 »
Hmm!  By element I assume you mean solvent in this context?  

So we want something that evaporates quickly at body temperature, isn't too toxic or corrosive and doesn't smell bad.  Must also be a good solvent for oils and musks.

How about pressure-liqufied butane?  A bit cold when you first squirt it on but that would soon wear off.  Very compact, self propelling too and you could even use it as a cigarette lighter in an emergency.  

May not be a great solvent for the nitromusks though.  If it isn't you could probably moderate it with other solvents without losing these good qualities.
 

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Re: Scent carriers
« Reply #2 on: 27/12/2005 22:03:25 »
Actually no, you couldn't use it as a cigarette lighter as it would have to be configured to dispense the liquid rather than the gas.  My bad :-(
 

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Re: Scent carriers
« Reply #3 on: 28/12/2005 12:06:10 »
I don't know anything about the subject, but on the basis of “I know a man who does”, I contacted an acquaintance of mine who mixes perfumes as a hobby.  I will quote is answer verbatim, and let you make of it what you will.

quote:

The query strikes me as being a bit strange. I assume that, by
"carrier", he means the basic material used to dilute the concentrated
perfume for use? (I'm puzzled by the use of the word "element", as
obviously alcohol isn't an element in the strict sense of the word.)

As far as I know, the main reasons for the almost universal use of
ethanol are that it's relatively nontoxic; most perfume ingredients are
soluble in it; and it has a fairly neutral but not unpleasant smell
itself.

Water can't be used because most perfume ingredients are insoluble in it
(although it's sometimes used alongside alcohol in emulsions.)

The other alcohol which is sometimes used as a base is isopropanol,
which has the advantage that it's not subject to Customs & Excise duty,
so is more readily available and cheaper than ethanol (unfortunately,
it's also very slightly more toxic than ethanol, and also has a rather
unpleasant smell (it's used in antiseptic swabs, so is usually
associated by most people with getting injections!))  

The only other materials which I've come across being used occasionally
as a perfume base are various vegetable oils (olive, grapeseed, jojoba,
etc.) - massage oils are the obvious example. The trouble with these,
however, is that they suppress the evaporation of the perfume
ingredients, and so reduce the intensity of the fragrance.

Hope this is helpful. If I'm barking up the wrong tree, feel free to get
back to me.

 

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Re: Scent carriers
« Reply #4 on: 28/12/2005 21:18:44 »
The reason why this question was raised is because I have had difficulty finding non-alcoholic spray perfumes. I have been told that alcohol is the best form of scent carrier that can be sprayed, whereas oil based perfumes cannot be sprayed.
 

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Re: Scent carriers
« Reply #5 on: 28/12/2005 23:01:05 »
Aquib, welcome to the site..I can't answer your question but am interested to know why your need is so specific...is it an allergy thing or something like that ?

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