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Perfumery Terms

What Is An Absolute In Perfumery?

Absolutes consist of the alcohol soluble components of concretes and resinoids. They are the most concentrated form of fragrance which makes them also very expensive. An absolute is obtained by the alcohol-extraction of concretes and other hydrocarbon type extracts or fat-extracts of plant material. The concrete or resinoid is homogenized in ethanol and the mixture is cooled. Cold filtration is done to remove the waxes and terpenes. The filtrate concentration is then acquired by distilling the ethanol, resulting in an absolute.  Some flower petal tips and leaves are used to make absolutes. Delicate petal tips are extracted through solvent extraction with lower temperatures than distillation. Rose and jasmine are examples of flowers used for absolutes. Phlur's Apricot Privee EDP incorporates both Jasmine and Basil absolutes.  Our Phlur Solar Power EDP utilizes a very special absolute called Orange Flower Craftivity®. Craftivity® is an original and exclusive process where new natural ingredients are extracted from the finest raw materials. The traditional method of extracting an absolute has been modified. By using only bio-sourced and biodegradable solvents and perfecting the technique of selective extraction, the top notes and the original smell of the living plant can be preserved. With this new process, we create 100% natural ingredients with unique olfactive profiles.
 

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