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Would isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol) be too strong/"rough" to make perfume? Answered

Would isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol) be too strong/"rough" to make perfume? I don't know what the industry uses (suppose I should google THAT), and I'm worried that if I make a tincture by soaking flowers in it that the result would be too dehydrating or bad for the skin...?

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Tombini (author)2009-09-04

It might not work very well as a solvent as it is too volatile, maybe somekind of oil as a base would work better...

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lemonie (author)2009-09-03

IPA stinks (quite pleasantly though) - use vodka instead? L

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Kiteman (author)2009-09-03

Dabbing pure alcohol onto your skin (whatever kind) can lead to dermatitis.

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orksecurity (author)2009-09-02

Websearch on "perfume recipe" suggests that most homebrewers are using either water, or an ethyl alcohol/water mixture (vodka or everclear), or are making a cream, depending on what scents they're trying to extract.. And I see at least three Instructables on the general topic of perfume.

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