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How Perfume Ingredients are formed?

A short direction on how to perform the techniques used

perfume ingredientsPerfume bottle clenches more than just a fantasy. It’s a superb product requiring efforts from perception to fabrication. Ingredients are some of the most laborious work to do. Whether the materials are natural raw or manufactured in the lab, perfume constituents entail an intricate procedure to yield their splendor into your favored eau de toilette or eau de parfum.

But how can they be obtained? Simple and time-honored methods for the extraction of pungent mixtures include the following:

  1. Expression
  2. Distillation
  3. Enfleurage

Now, how each of them works? Let’s see…


When juicing an orange, you will notice and smell the petite droplets that vaporize swiftly when you press it. This volatile essence ensnared in the rind is also freed unto the air when rubbing the rind with a pin.

Expression is one of the hoariest techniques of rendering fragrant substances using pressure to discharge aroma.

By using pressure in machines operated manually and now fully automated, the raw material is pressed to bring forth an Essential Oil. It is the ideal technique for extracting oils from the rind of citrus fruits utilized in the Hesperidic fragrance family.

This technique was founded in ancient Egypt during the time that proto-expression was predominantly in use. The raw material was trampled and positioned in unglazed ceramics and submerged in the desert to allow the water diffuse by the porous substance chambers to its tiny molecular size parting the fragrant oils behind.


Expression is truly self-evident as described above and was mainly used in the ancient times but some popular plants repelled it. Consequently, an advanced technique was developed during the middle Ages, commenced by the Arabs, in which an alembic is utilized to extract the more resilient plants like a rose.

Distillation is a procedure of splitting the constituent substances from a liquid combination through selective evaporation and condensation. The vapor from the steaming water passes through the raw material in more than 1 and a half hour to drive out majority of the volatile aromatic compounds. Distillation’s condensate, containing water and the aromatic oils, is established in a Florentine flask. This permits the easy splitting of the fragrant oils from the water as the oil will drift at the top of the distillate. The oily part is gathered, producing an Essential Oil, while the water residual with some aromatic stuffs intact is called a Hydrosol or what we call water distillate. Sometimes it is used and sold – especially the orange blossom, lavender and roses hydrosols. Herbs and green leaves like peppermint, basil, lavender, geranium, eucalyptus and palmarosa are distilled.


Last but not the least, Enfleurage is the extraction process initiated in Grasse in the south of France which is the perfume capital of the world. Valued in its zenith for its ability to catch the intoxicating aroma of valuable floras that “lost” their prized garland in distillation like tuberose or jasmine, it’s a dual step procedure.

Platters of animal fat are utilized to “dress” the floras, where they soften for few days on end to the point of aromatic permeation, before the subsequent wax is washed with wholesome alcohol to extract an “Absolute”. Two variants of the method occur:

  1. Cold Enfleurage – performed in the 19th century
  2. Hot Enfleurage – the fat is softly frenzied while botanic matter was stimulated into the fat

Today, Enfleurage is abandoned due to its high-priced cost, although enhanced methods have outmoded it.

Natural Products For a More Beautiful Skin

Dry skin has long been plaguing us and a lot of products nowadays are promising that it can turn our scaly, dry skin into baby- like texture. Every time a new product comes out saying that it can save our skin, we tend to worship it and put it all over our body without even realizing that it’s just for our feet. Desperate time calls for desperate measures, indeed.

However, we also tend to forget that our Mother Nature has already given us the products that we need to score beautiful skin and as our earth heats up, sun’s UV rays become more damaging to our skin. The good thing is this guide will teach us on how we can battle dry skin using natural ingredients that we can normally see in our kitchen or pantry. Let’s get started!

First thing in our list is milk.milk-1367171_1280

This breakfast staple contains anti- inflammatory properties that can help reduce our skin’s itchiness. Its lactic acid also helps in locking in moisture as well as removing dead skin cells.

Cleopatra’s most famous beauty regimen of bathing in milk is not a simple first- world practice to show everyone that your bath tub is made of gold. It has proven benefits for our skin that even celebrities swear by. Now, we all know that bathing in a tub of milk every day is not good for our wallets and many see it as wasteful and impractical way of having great skin. What most of us can do is, use a cold-milk- dipped cloth and apply it to the infected area.

In a bath, you can mix two cups of milk and one- fourth cup of honey to warm water and start to soak up, feeling like a queen.

Oil up!

Natural oils can do wonders for our skin especially if left overnight. Island Scent’s Monoi de Tahiti®, olive oil and coconut oil are example of natural oils that have moisture- locking feature that helps in building and keeping our skin supple. Some people don’t like using oils to slather on their bodies as it becomes greasy especially when it already builds up in our skin. If that’s the case, I strongly suggest you use oil when you’re about to go to sleep with your not- so- favorite pajama as the oil will definitely stick to your clothes. Personally, I use Monoi de Tahiti® as my night time moisturizer. It’s already infused with coconut oil which pumps up its ability to moisturize and I’ve never been happier with my skin.

Additional tip: it’s better to use only water when washing our face in the morning as most soaps can wash off natural oils and moisturizers that your face worked hard for to produce all night long. Pat dry your face and avoid rubbing your towel against your skin to avoid micro- abrasions.

Exfoliate with sugar

Sugar is one of the best mild exfoliator that we can use just about anywhere in our bodies. Exfoliated skin absorbs better than those that are not as dead skin cells can block all the nutrients that can be absorbed by our skin. It’s best to use sugar as exfoliator together with a few drops of olive oil which can help in dissolving the sugar as we slough away the dirt from our lips.

Go easy on hot water

It may feel very relaxing when we dip into a nice hot, water after a long hard day’s work. What we don’t usually notice is that our skin suffers from it as hot water strips all of our skin’s natural oils. Yikes!

The best alternative for this is to use lukewarm water to relax our muscles and avoid staying under the shower for more than 15 minutes to avoid washing off our skin’s natural moisturizers.

Load up on skin food!

It may sound cliché but beauty truly comes from within. Loading up on food rich in omega-3 fatty acids can significantly help our skin in producing healthier skin cells. Good sources of these acids are fishes, avocados, and walnuts. Having good nutrition gives chance for our body to function properly which in turn helps us in achieving gorgeous skin.

If you find it hard to get your complete nutrition from your food, there are natural supplements that you can take to boost your body’s production of good skin cells. Vitamin A, C, and E are good examples of vitamins that enhance our skin as well as zinc and vitamin B6.


It might still be a long road for us to achieve great skin but don’t worry. Start with these baby steps and you’ll soon be able to flaunt your healthy skin!

Do you have any other tips on how to score great skin that are not included in the list? Share your thoughts by commenting below!



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This traditional product belongs to the rich cultural heritage of the Tahitian people and holds an important place in their unique cosmetic traditions. Monoi (pronounced Mah- noy) means “scented oil.” This natural product is obtained by soaking Gardenia Taitensis blossoms in rich, purified coconut oil. Monoi de Tahiti® is a well kept beauty secret which has passed from one generation to the next. The beautiful Tahitian women called ‘vahines’, use Monoi de Tahiti® daily to hydrate, protect their skin and condition their hair.

This unique formula is 100% natural vegetal blend that is extracted from the rich Tahitian Tumu Har’ari (Cocos Nucifera) palm tree and the local “Tiare” (Gardenia Tahitensis) flowers. Together they act as a natural barrier against dehydration that can cause wrinkles and to protect the skin against sun and wind damage.

Pure Monoi de Tahiti® is a rich, naturally concentrated emollient that penetrates easily into the skin. One only needs a few drops to achieve instant results and a smooth, healthy, youthful looking skin.

For the past few years, extensive tests and analysis are validating Monoi de superior to those of other natural vegetal oils. Monoi de Tahiti® helps to rehydrate the layers of the epidermis and to shield the skin against external damages. Lab tests demonstrate that Monoi de Tahiti® helps the skin to look better and healthier, after the very first use.