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Food Grade Ethanol
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Culinary Solvent is pure, 200 proof, food grade ethanol.

What Is 200 Proof Food Grade Ethanol?

"200 proof food grade ethanol", also known as pure ethyl alcohol, represents the highest purity level of ethanol available, with a composition of 100% alcohol and no water content. This classification ensures that it meets stringent food safety and quality standards, making it safe for consumption and ideal for a wide range of applications from culinary uses like flavor extraction and food preservation to pharmaceutical and laboratory applications, food grade ethanol's versatility and utility is unsurpassed.

200 Proof? Ethanol vs Ethyl Alcohol? Food Grade vs Undenatured?

  • 200 Proof: 100% alcohol.  200 Proof alone does not signify "no additives" read more here.
  • Ethanol vs Ethyl Alcohol: Ethyl alcohol is the proper chemical term for the alcohol generally regarded as safe for consumption and topical application.  Ethanol is common term always representing "ethyl alcohol".  "Alcohol" is a term that can represent "ethanol", but also "isopropyl" (rubbing alcohol), "methanol", or blends of many different alcohols.  
  • Food Grade vs Undenatured:  Contains zero additives.  The opposite of "denatured" alcohol.  "Food Grade Ethanol" is always undenatured alcohol.

Alcohol terminology can be complex, and sometimes misleading, potentially resulting in dangerous outcomes. For a better understanding of the different terms used when buying pure alcohol for tinctures, baking, extracts, perfume, shellac, or more explore our "Everything to know about Food Grade Alcohol page to gain expert-level status on these various industry terms.


Yes. Food grade ethanol is safe to use for making herbal tinctures that will be consumed or topically applied to the skin/body.

Yes. 200 proof food grade ethanol is an excellent perfumer's alcohol exhibiting as it is safe for skin, highly evaporative, and supremely miscible with fragrance oils and waxes.

Yes. Both terms "undenatured" and "nondenatured" mean zero additives and are used interchangeably to represent pure alcohol products.

200 Proof alcohol means 100% alcohol by volume. 190 Proof, means it is a 95% Alcohol solution where the other 5% is water.

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