I’m always happy to help hobby and professional perfumers. Here’s a good question that was asked today in the Yahoo group I host, and here’s my answer. Perhaps it can help someone else!
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> I was just given a sample in Shopper’s Drugmart of a product that states, “100% of the total ingredients are from natural origin”. Upon reading the list it ends with “…Tocopherol, Linalool, Limonene, Geraniol, Coumarin ”
> Please correct me if I’m wrong. I understand that tocopherol may be vitamin E oil. The next few ingredients would be natural isolates, correct? Does anyone know what the letters and numbers inside the brackets mean?
> Thanks a bunch for helping me out,
The tocopherol is a form of vitamin E oil, added to help retard
oxidation. The others are not isolates, they are chemical
constituents of essential oils/absolutes that the manufacturer
listed to conform to the EU/IFRA list of potential allergens.
The final number might be a lot/batch number.
I am a new perfumer and having a bit of anxiety about creating tinctures from some absolutes. What dilutions should I start with? 50%? 95%? I did a 20% dilution from some lilac absolute and it is so faint I can barely smell it. Since then, I’ve developed cold feet. Can you help?
Hi Mary Ellen:
Feel free to ask this on the Sunday “Ask the Perfumer” forum here. Subscribe to the blog so you get emails reminding you.
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