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Perfume Oil FAQ's

[The history of perfume] 

[What's the difference between your perfume oils and the bottle of perfume I buy at the department store?]

[Alcohol and perfume]

[Staying power of perfume oils and storage]

[Trade Secrets]

History of Perfume

The word perfume is derived from the Latin perfume, meaning "through smoke." The art of perfumery was known to the ancient Chinese, Hindus, Egyptians, Israelites, Carthaginians, Arabs, Greeks, and Romans. References to perfumery materials and even perfume formulas are found in the Bible.  The burning of incense in religious rites of ancient China, Palestine, and Egypt led gradually to the personal use of perfume known as attars, widespread in ancient Greece and Rome. During the Middle Ages Crusaders brought knowledge of perfumery to Europe from the East. After 1500 Paris was the major center of perfume-making.

Today Egypt is still a major trading center for the perfume industry.   We have teamed up with the best perfume trading houses in Egypt and are excited about being able to offer popular and timeless classic perfumes at affordable prices.

What's the difference between perfume oils and perfume?

Please do not confuse these perfume oils with cologne or essential oils.  Pure perfume oils are far more sophisticated than perfume with fillers. Never offensive or overpowering, long lasting and balanced.

Table of Concentrates for Perfume Industry


%Perfume Oil%Alcohol & Water
Perfume or Parfum15% - 30%85% - 70%
Eau de Parfum8% - 30%92% - 70%
Eau De Toilette4% - 8%96% - 92%
Eau de Cologne2% - 5%98% - 95%
Splash Cologne1% - 3%99% - 97%

Pure Perfume Is Better For You

Just like jewelry, pure perfume oils vary tremendously in quality. We have put an incredible amount of time and effort into selecting the best possible quality pure perfume oils.  Pure perfume oils are truly what the designer of the fragrance had in mind when it was created.

Alcohol and Perfume

No Alcohol

All commercially available "perfumes" are actually perfume oils with fillers. The fillers are usually alcohol and  sometimes water. 

Why do they add alcohol?  The primary purpose of alcohol is to  cause the perfume oils to evaporate faster than they would by themselves, sometimes as much as or 15 times more quickly.  This gives the impression that the perfume is considerably stronger than it actually is. That is why, when you first put on a commercial fragrance, the aroma may sometimes seem overwhelming to those around you. This also explains why the scent  fades dramatically within one or two hours. The perfume oils have evaporated along with the alcohol.

The second reason for all those fillers is just clever marketing -- a bigger and fancier  bottle containing fragrance plus fillers seems like a much better value than a smaller one of pure oil. 

Common Problems with Alcohol Perfume

  • Alcohol tends to kill off or mask some of the subtle notes in many fragrances.
  • Ethyl alcohol is the most popular alcohol added It is extremely caustic.  Many people who think they are allergic to perfume are actually allergic to the alcohol added to the perfume.
  • Alcohol is a drying agent - it makes things evaporate including the fragrance and your natural body oils. 

Staying power of your fragrance

Our perfume oils last on most people up to 12 to 24 hours - depending on your body chemistry.  Unlike perfumes with fillers added - which have a normal shelf life of 6 to 18 months, pure perfume oils keep their fragrance year after year.

Trade Secrets

There exists a certain "mystique" around the fragrance industry.  The courts have held that - fragrance is something that belongs to nature and not to any individual.  As a result of this a fragrance cannot be patented or copyrighted.  On the other hand a brand name can be copyrighted and registered and others may not profit from its use.  For this reason we want to be very clear that we do not represent any particular perfume house or their products.  Our oils are Inspired by these remarkable designers.

We are honored to be able to offer you the best in fragrance - ounce for ounce we offer a superior product.  Try us - we think you'll agree.

*Name trademarks and copyrights are properties of their respective manufacturers and/or designers. From Cairo with Love has no affiliation with the manufacturers / designers. Our interpretation of these fragrances was created through chemical analysis and reproduction, and the purpose of this description is to give the customer an idea of scent character, not to mislead or confuse the customer. It is not intended to infringe on the manufacturers / designer's name and valuable trademark. These perfume oils not originals.  Our oils are Inspired by these remarkable designers. 

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