What Helps Dissolve Fragrance Oil Into Water?

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What Helps Dissolve Fragrance Oil Into Water?
Fragrance oil needs another solvent to help it mix with water. (perfume & flowers image by Sonar from Fotolia.com)

Water is a natural solvent that dissolves many substances like salt into it. Unfortunately, not all substances dissolve in water, including oils. Fragrance oil is an oil found in many personal care products that contain water. Yet these products containing both ingredients have a uniform texture.

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Definition

Fragrance oil can be 100 per cent synthetic or contain up to 80 per cent essential oil mixed with a carrier oil (an oil that dilutes essential oils). According to Teach Soap, fragrance oils are predominantly artificial or synthetic.

Solvents

Alcohol is the most common solvent used to dissolve fragrance oil into water. Emulsifiers, ingredients that bind oil to water, help dissolve fragrance oils into water and are used in creamy textured products.

What Helps Dissolve Fragrance Oil Into Water?
Alcohol is a common solvent used to dissolve fragrane oil into water. (ethanol - alcohol image by Cornelia Pithart from Fotolia.com)

Types

Specially denatured alcohol (SD alcohol) is the most common alcohol used to dissolve fragrance oil into water. Arizona Natural Resources lists lecithin, sodium laureth sulphate, sodium lauryl sulphate, cetyl alcohol and polysorbate as common emulsifiers.

Products

SD alcohol is used to make the cheaper watered-down fragrances of eau de cologne and eau de toilette. Cetyl alcohol, sodium laureth sulphate and polysorbate are used to dissolve fragrance oil into water for creams, lotions, shampoos, conditioners and body washes.

What Helps Dissolve Fragrance Oil Into Water?
Scented lotions use emulsifiers to dissolve fragrance oil into water. (body lotion image by PinkShot from Fotolia.com)

Benefits

Emulsifiers dissolve fragrance oil into water to prevent the two from separating, making it unnecessary to shake up a product like shampoo before each use. Consumers can enjoy cheaper versions of expensive perfumes, eau de cologne and eau de toilette, since alcohol dissolves the fragrance oil into water, creating a less concentrated fragrance.

What Helps Dissolve Fragrance Oil Into Water?
Alcohol dissolves fragrance oil into water to create the lesser perfumes known as eau de cologne and eau de toilette. (bottles of perfume image by JoLin from Fotolia.com)

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