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Perfumery Alcohol

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Perfumery Alcohol, or Specially Denatured Alcohol (SDA) 40B. SD alcohol has additives, namely bitrex, which is odourless but renders the alcohol undrinkable.

Most commercially-prepared quality perfumes utilize perfumer's alcohol in their formulations. Perfumery alcohol is a "fixative" for natural essential oils and man-made ingredients in the event that the perfumes must sit for months on a retail shelf.

INCI: SDA 40B 200 proof, isopropyl myristate, isopropyl alcohol

Using Perfumery Alcohol


  • Distilled water
  • Perfumery alcohol
  • Coffee filters
  • Strainer
  • Glass bottles with stoppers
  • Dropper
  • Funnel
  • Wooden spoon
  • Non-metal bowl
  • Essential Oils

1) Pour the perfumery alcohol into the bowl. Add the essential oils one drop at a time into the alcohol, stirring slowly after each addition. Make sure that you stir slowly, but long enough to completely disperse the oils.

2) Allow the blend of oils and alcohol to stand undisturbed for 48 hours.

3) Add the distilled water. Stir it slowly until it is completely dispersed.

4) Place the mixture in a cool, dark place where it won't be disturbed for at least three weeks. This will allow the perfume to mature. Let your blend age. The longer the better!

5) Filter the resulting pure perfume through a coffee filter to remove any sediment that may have formed. Bottle your perfume into glass bottles with a stopper.

6) Enjoy it as you would any commercial perfume.

Don't be afraid to experiment with a fragrance recipe. Learning how to make your own fragrances is as much about experimentation as about following recipes. Just keep a notebook of everything you do so that if you do discover how to make the perfect perfume, you can duplicate the results. Remember that one less or one more drop of an essential oil can change the fragrance of a perfume entirely.

Fragrance Chart by Percentage

  % of Total % of Remainder
    Alcohol % Water %
Perfume 15 - 30 90 - 95 5 - 10
Eau de Perfume 8 - 15 80 - 90 10 - 20
Eau de Toilette 4 - 8 80 - 90 10 - 20
Eau de Cologne 3 - 5 70 30
Cologne Splash 1 - 3 80 20


Fragrance Chart by Ratio

  % of Total % of Remainder
    Alcohol % Water %
Perfume 8 (29%) 19 (95%) 1 (5%)
Eau de Perfume 3 (13%) 18 (90%) 2 (10%)
Eau de Toilette 2 (7%) 23 (88.5%) 3 (11.5%)
Eau de Cologne 1 (4.7%) 14 (70%) 6 (30%)
Cologne Splash 1 (2.8%) 28 (80%) 7 (20%)

Please Note:

  • No International shipments are available.
  • We can offer SDA 40B in greater quantities. Please send an e-mail to bulksales@saffireblue.ca with your requirements.
  • We ship SDA 40B Perfumery Alcohol via Canpar or Dicom Express. WE CANNOT SHIP CANADA POST
  • We ship SDA 40B Perfumery Alcohol from the Woodstock, Ontario warehouse.

Please note: Importing perfumery alcohol into Canada may result in monetary penalties. Please check with your Local, Provincial and Federal government regulations before importing.

Shipments of perfumery alcohol which are sent to USA addresses may incur a $50 hazmat fee (to be charged separately).  We cannot ship perfumery alcohol outside of Canada or USA addresses.