How do you really navigate this nebula of perfume? Basically, how does perfume work and how are the steps of manufacturing a natural perfume?
1st manufacturing step: the perfume concentrate
Originally, there was a desire, an idea to create a perfume that it emanates from brands or from people who want an exclusive fragrance that reflects their personality or accompanies them in their evolution of soul. Françoise Rapp is more than just a nose since she selects each ingredient for their olfactory and above all therapeutic virtues on the body and mind. Then comes the composition of the formula. Which is carried out with a weighing of the different ingredients entering into its composition.
It is then that the factory that manufactures the juice or perfume concentrate will bring together all these ingredients to respect the weighing with regard to brands and industrial manufacture. Regarding the production of a personalized perfume, it is handcrafted by Françoise Rapp at each stage. For industrial production, the concentrate is packaged in the form of barrels in which it enters the maturation phase which can be more or less long depending on the expected final result (between 1 and 2 weeks).
From maturation to maceration
It is the alcoholization of the perfume concentrate. This is where the nuances between perfume, eau de parfum, eau de toilette and cologne come into play. Concentration is all about concentration. This maturation phase is excluded from what is called perfume essence or perfume extract because it is a pure concentrate, without alcohol, dosed between 20 and 40%. Like nitroglycerin, it should be used with care, in small drops on a wrist, on a neckline.
The eau de parfum is diluted in alcohol between 12 and 25%. Eau de toilette, lighter and less tenacious between 6 and 12%. And finally the Eau de Cologne known for its freshness and its airy side between 1 and 5%. Although brands today claim a Cologne tradition, but formulating them like eau de parfum. Beyond 25%, we are talking about perfume extract.
This decrease in the percentage of concentrate present in the alcoholic solution often follows that of the store price. Logic.
Glazing and filtration of natural perfume
Once the maceration time is respected, which can vary between 1 to more than 4 weeks, it is time to proceed with the icing. The concentrated mixture of perfume plus alcohol is cooled to around 0 degrees to precipitate the less soluble substances. We then proceed to filtration which will remove these forms of impurities and make the perfume limpid. We are almost akin to what you wear on your skin.
The coloring of the natural perfume
There are still two non-mandatory steps. Will I color my perfume? Even though certain ingredients naturally color the concentrate initially (as can vanilla and richly colored absolutes), it is another thing to decide on a juice color: an emerald green, a lagoon blue, a cardinal red… But the color is often very unstable and it is not at all recommended to color a natural perfume because the essences already color it naturally. Subjected to heat or light, this natural coloring will also develop normally. It is in fact the guarantee that your scent is natural.
Your perfume is finally ready to be bottled in glass, closed and then boxed. This is how the life of a fragrance unfolds until your bottle is empty.