Essential oil based perfumery is unforgiving. If you mix many ingredients together based only on their benefits you often end up with something that smells like cleaning products or medicine. As a matter of fact, single note oils often smell better than most blends on the market. To achieve a great smelling essential oil based fragrance you need to build the scent just like perfume with top, middle and base notes. This requires artistry. The foundation of any fragrance is the carrier. In perfume it is alcohol. In aromatherapy it is a carrier oil like Jojoba which is what we prefer to use. The categories of oils used in perfume can vary from plant based and botanical to synthetics. In aroma perfume it will only be natural, preferably organic oils and in some case absolutes. Absolutes are concentrated, highly aromatic, oily mixtures extracted from plants. Whereas essential oils are produced by distillation, boiling or pressing, absolutes are produced through solvent extraction, or more traditionally, through enfleurage. So far so good, oils mixed with oils, which means the delivery is a roller ball or a dropper. If you want to make a spray perfume, that’s a whole other story if you are not using alcohol as the carrier. We have opted for water. But you know water and oil don’t mix, so you need other ingredients like an emulsifier which allows the oil and water to blend. Water introduces the opportunity for bacteria to grow so you must have a preservative. It’s taken us a few years but we finally have a clean solution to developing extraordinary water based aroma perfume sprays.