Perfum -"Per Fumum" Latin meaning "through the smoke". In ancient times, fragrant resins were burned as incense offerings. That was the origin. Today, we understand perfume to be a solution containing 30 % to 15% perfume oil and 70% to 85% alcohol, respectively. What happened to perfumes between the origin and today? What is the secret? OIL. The answer is oil-based perfumes. If you’ll think back through history, some of the precious gifts of Kings, Queen and other nobility were perfume oils. Even Jesus was brought oils of frankincense and myrrah. Understand that oil penetrates any porous material (e.g. paper, wood, hair, skin, etc.); therefore, oil-based perfumes will penetrate the skin, causing the fragrance to stay. Alcohol is a drying agent. Alcohol dries (evaporates) from the most porous material within a short period of time.
The history of perfume oils dates back to ancient Egypt when these fine scented oils were presented to royalty as gifts. In modern times, however, when the word "perfume" is said, most people think of department store fragrances, which consist mainly of the concentrated oil and alcohol solution.
Nevertheless, as more and more people are finding out about them, perfume oils are experiencing great popularity.
Here are some interesting facts about perfume oils:
1) Strength of smell - Perfume oils are highly concentrated and up to ten times more concentrated than department store perfumes. This quality allows oils to last longer than their eau de perfume counterparts.
2) Alcohol - Perfumes have alcohol in them (2/3 of a perfume is alcohol and 90% of a cologne is alcohol), which creates different smell effects. Most body oils use carrier oils like jojoba or grapeseed oil in place of alcohol. In some fragrances, the smell can change as the alcohol evaporates different scent notes through time. With oils, the scent is more constant.
3) Price - A noticeable difference between perfumes and perfume oils is price. Perfumes have a very high markup and great profit margins, which is perhaps why many celebrities have embarked on the trend of creating their own perfumes and colognes. Perfume oils can be sold very cheaply, or even more expensively than the perfumes, depending on how they are positioned in the market.
4) Body chemistry - Just because a perfume or cologne smells good on you, doesn't mean that the oil version will. Perfumes only have a small percentage of oil, so they are quite different than pure body oils. This interaction between the fragrance and your body may produce a different scent perception altogether.
5) Packaging - Clearly, department store perfumes are very nicely packaged and thus make great gifts for friends and family. Many perfume oils are sold in less attractive containers, which is part of the reason for their lower price.
6) Uses - Perfumes are only intended for use on the body, but perfume oils can be used to create a variety of scented products, like soap, candles, bath oils, air fresheners, and many other types of scented products. Be aware that there are different types of fragrance oils and that pure uncut oils are not safe for use on the skin.
In summary, whether you choose to use perfume oils or not will depend on the factors above. Try out a small sample first and who knows, you might just discover a delightful new product to add to your personal inventory.
Colognes and perfumes have alcohol in them (90% of a cologne is alcohol and 2/3 of a perfume is alcohol), which creates different smell affects.
Colognes and perfumes have a very high markup and great profit margins, which is perhaps why many celebrities have embarked on the trend of creating their own colognes and perfumes.
The history of perfume oils dates back to ancient Egypt when these fine scented oils were presented to royalty as gifts.
1. Inhalation:When essential oils are inhaled through the nose, tiny nerves send an instant signal to the brain and go directly to work on the systems that regulates our minds and bodies. Inhalation can be the most direct delivery process of these incredibly nurturing components in essential oils, since the chemical messengers in the nasal cavity have direct access to the brain.2. Topical Application:When essential oils are applied to the skin, their healing components are absorbed into the bloodstream by the pores and hair follicles. Once inside the bloodstream, they disperse to the specific organs and systems on which they work. Pulse points are the areas of the body where blood vessels are closest to the skin’s surface. Applying essential oils to these areas allows for quicker absorption and help them get to work faster. We suggest applying to the wrists, temples and back of the neck. Think about it like watering a plant: you hydrate the soil because that’s where the roots are to absorb the nutrients. You wouldn’t get the same effect if you just watered the leaves or flowers. METHODS OF APPLICATION:
ESSENTIAL OIL BASE OIL20-60 drops 100ml (3 1/2 fl oz)7 to 25 drops 25ml (1 fl oz)3 to 5 drops 5ml (1 tsp)
Antiseptics: for cuts, insect bites, spots, etc: for example, thyme, sage, eucalyptus, tea tree, clove, lavender and lemon.Anti-Inflammatory: for eczema, infected wounds, bumps, bruises, etc,: German and Roman chamomile, lavender and yarrow.Fungicidal: for athlete's foot, candida, ringworm, etc,: for example, lavender, tea tree, myrrh, patchouli and sweet marjoram.Granulation stimulating or cicatrizing (healing) agents: for burns, cuts, scars, stretch marks, etc,: for example, lavender, chamomile, rose, neroli, frankincense and geramium.Deodorants: for excessive perspiration, cleaning woulnds, etc,: for example, bergamot, lavender, thyme, juniper, cypress, spanish sage and lemongrass.Insect repellents and parasiticides: for lice, fleas, scabies, ticks, mosquitoes, ants, moths, etc,: for example, spike lavender, garlic, geranium, citronella, eucalyptus, clove, camphor and atlas cedarwood.
THE CIRCULATION, MUSCLES AND JOINTS
Hypotensives: for high blood pressure, palpitations, stress, etc,: for example, sweet marjoram, ylang ylang, lavender and lemon.Hypertensives: for poor circulation, chilblains, listlessness, etc,: for example, rosemary, spike lavender, eucalyptus, peppermint and thyme.Rubefacients: for rheumatism of the joints, muscular stiffness, sciatica, lumbago, etc,: for example, black pepper, juniper, rosemary, camphor and sweet marjoram.Depurative or Antitoxic Agents: for arthritis, gout, congestion, skin eruptions, etc,: for example, juniper, lemon, fennel and lovage.Lymphatic Stimulants: for cellulitis, obesity, water retention, etc,: for example, grapefruit, lime, fennel, lemon, mandarin and white birch.Circulatory Tonics and Astringents: for swellings, inflammations, varicose veins, etc,: for example, cypress, yarrow and lemon.
THE RESPIRATORY SYSTEM
Expectorants: for catarrh, sinusitis, coughs, bronchitis, etc,: for example, eucalyptus, pine, thyme, myrrh, sandalwood and fennel.Antispasmodics: for colic, asthma, dry cough, whooping cough, etc,: for example, hyssop, cypress, Atlas cedarwood, bergamot, chamomile and cajeput.Balsamic Agents: for colds, chills, congestion, etc,: for example, benzoin, frankincense, Tolu balsam, Peru balsam and myrrh.Antiseptics: for flu, colds, sore throat, tonsillitis, gingivitis, etc,: for example, thyme, sage, eucalyptus, hyssop, pine, cajeput, tea tree and borneol.
THE DIGESTIVE SYSTEM
Antispasmodics: for spasm, pain, indigestion, etc,: for example, chomile, caraway, fennel, orange, peppermint, lemon balm, aniseed and cinnamon.Carminatives and Stomachics: for flatulent dyspepsia, aerophagia, nausea, etc,: for example, angelica, basil, fennel, chamomile, peppermint and mandarin.Cholagogues: for increasing the flow of bile and stimulating the gall bladder: for example, caraway, lavender, peppermint and borneol.Hepatics: for liver congestion, jaundice, etc,: for example, lemon, lime, rosemary and pepermint.Aperitifs: for loss of appetite, anorexia, etc,: for example, aniseed, angelica, orange, ginger and garlic.
Antispasmodics: for menstrual cramp, labour pains, etc,: for example, sweet marjoram, chamomile, clary sage, jasmine and lavender.Emmenagogues: for scanty periods, lack of periods, etc,: for example, chamomile, fennel, hyssop, juniper, sweet marjoram and peppermint.Uterine Tonics and Regulators: for pregnancy, excess menstruation, etc,: for example, clary sage, jasmine, rose, myrrh, frankincense and lemon balm.Antiseptic and Bactericidal Agents: for vaginal pruritis, thrush, etc,: for example, bergamot, chamomile, myrrh, rose and tea tree.Galactagogues: for increasing milk flow: for example, fennel, jasmine, anise, lemongrass (sage, mint and parsley reduce it).Aphrodisiacs: for impotence and frigidity, etc,: for example, black pepper, cardomon, clary sage, neroli, jasmine, rose, sandalwood, patchouli and ylang ylang.Anaphrodisiacs: for reducing sexual desire: for example, sweet marjoram and camphor.Adrenal Stimulants: for anxiety, stress-related conditions, etc,: for example, basil, geranium, rosemary, borneol, sage, and pine.Urinary Antiseptics: for cystitis, urethritis, etc,: for example, bergamot chamomile, tea tree and sandalwood.
THE IMMUNE SYSTEM
Bactericidal and Antiviral Agents: for protection against colds, flu, etc,: for example, tea tree, basil, lavender, eucalyptus, bergamot and rosemary.
THE NERVOUS SYSTEM
Sedatives: for nervous tensions, stress, insomnia, etc,: for example, chamomile, bergamot, sandalwood, lavender and lemon.Stimulants: for convalescence, lack of strength, nervous fatigue, etc,: for example, basil, peppermint, ylang ylang, neroli and rosemary. Strengthening the nervous system as a whole: for example, chamomile, lavender and rosemary.