About Perfumer's Alcohol


Experienced perfumers know the importance of a clean neutral carrying alcohol when infusing delicate botanicals and essential oils into a natural perfume.  Look no further, Culinary Solvent is the perfect food safe alcohol (nondenatured, no additives) for large or small scale DIY perfumery and compound recipes.

What is alcohol for perfumery?

Perfumers alcohol is simply any volatile carrying agent for the delivery of aromatic compounds and oils onto the skin or into the nearby air via a diffuser.  Perfumers who assemble their own custom scent and aroma profiles seek an alcohol for their perfume base that will evaporate away quickly, cleanly, and reliably. 

Perfumers alcohols should always avoid water and toxic additives, also referred to as "denaturing agents".  Nondenatured ethanol contains no toxic additives and is the best and safest choice whenever human consumption (via the skin and pores) is part of the product's expected use.

Why do perfumers choose Culinary Solvent over denatured alcohol?

  • Culinary Solvent is 100% nondenatured, nontoxic, no additives. Say goodbye to mystery oil and toxic additives.  Read more: Nondenatured ethanol vs Denatured Alcohol
  • Culinary Solvent's pure ethyl alcohol has a supremely neutral aroma profile ethyl.
  • Distilled from sustainable America corn. Available in 100% Organic as well.
  • Refined in a small batch pot still for unparalleled purity by a family owned company that focuses on distilling neutral ethanol only. Seriously, they make award winning vodka and Culinary Solvent.  Neutral ethanol is what we do best.
  • Pure nondenatured ethyl alcohol is an ideal perfumers alcohol. Safe for human consumption, but not permitted as a beverage product.
  • Organic Ethanol certified by Maine Farmers and Growers Association, MOFGA.org
  • Order online, Ships fast direct from the distillery in Northern Maine.

200 Proof vs 190 Proof Ethanol. Why choose one over the other?

200 proof ethanol means 100% ethyl alcohol by volume (ABV). 190 proof ethanol means 95% ethyl alcohol by volume and 5% water.  Traditional distillation methods can only distill up to 190 proof.   Both 200 proof and 190 proof ethanol products perform equally for perfume recipes.  

What is the difference between 200 proof and 190 proof when using for perfumery?  The only difference between the two products is the 5% water contained in the 190 proof Culinary Solvent.  It is unlikely you will notice a performance increase or difference when choosing 190 proof over 200 proof for perfumery recipes.  In our opinion, 200 proof will evaporate more cleanly and uniformly as it contains 0% water. 


My recipe specifically calls for 190 proof, can I use 200 proof instead?

Yes, and if you insist on using 190 proof, read "How to dilute 200 proof ethanol down to 190 proof at home"

Checkout our knowledge base of 150+ common and frequent food grade ethanol questions.


Where to buy Perfumer's Alcohol 

Buying Culinary Solvent for jewelry soldering is quick and convenient.  Visit our secure online store to view our products and to pay online.  Every state has different rules, see our Shipping Map here to view the states we serve. 


Can I substitute nondenatured ethanol for denatured alcohol?

Yes.  Read more: Can I Substitute nondenatured ethanol for denatured alcohol? 

Can I substitute nondenatured ethanol for denatured alcohol when soldering with boric acid?

Can you ship this to California?

Yes.  Ethanol is classified by the State of California as a "nonvolatile solvent", There is currently no permit required to ship to California.  Read more: How to buy food grade ethanol in California.