Without alcohol, fragrances are crazier

Without alcohol, fragrances are crazier
Without alcohol, fragrances are crazier

Published on May 22, 2024 at 04:56. / Modified on May 22, 2024 at 06:19.

Whatever perfume we buy in specialized stores, alcohol represents around 80% of the composition. Ethyl alcohol, completely odorless, is used in perfume to provide a burst of freshness when vaporized. Very volatile, it dissipates on contact with the skin, on which only the concentrate remains which diffuses its odor throughout the day by progressive evaporation of the odorous molecules. This has been happening since the 14th century and the appearance of alcoholic perfumery with the water of the Queen of Hungary, a distillate of rosemary, sage and marjoram.

It was only at the beginning of the 2000s that the first so-called “alcohol-free” perfumes appeared. Classic Eau d’été by Jean Paul Gaultier and Soleil d’été by Issey Miyake present themselves as summer versions of two great classics. This is the first time that alcohol-free perfumes have left the scent register for toddlers, the latest being Eau Soilogne by Petit Bateau and Cabriole by Hermès. Non-drying and non-irritating, the alcohol-free perfume is mainly intended for sensitive skin with a tendency to allergies. It also allows you to adopt a more generous gesture, by applying its formula also to the hair. However, brands communicate little about this innovation which is not yet a revolution.

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