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‘Attar vs Perfume’- Major Differences You Must Know

Traditional Attars might be a new concept for numerous people because of the significant enhancement in its demand during recent years. But, they also have their ancient history. Read this blog to learn the difference between attar and perfume.

It is predicted that Attars will be more in-demand during these years. The reason behind this is the numerous factors like the shifting of people towards organic cosmetics, eco-friendliness, long-lastingness, & over-saturated modern perfumery industry.

In this article, we would assist you to know about the key differences between attars & perfumes.

What is an Attar?

Technically attars are ‘concentrated perfume oil. In other words, we can say that there is no presence of alcohol in them.

These oils can be achieved by making use of spices, herbs, and flowers. The real attars are 100% natural & pure. Along with this, there is no presence of any toxic chemicals in them.

The market of attar is very wide in South Asian and middle-east region. Now, nowadays attars are gaining popularity on the western side of the world. Particularly it is popular in European countries, Australia, Canada, and the USA.

What is a Perfume?

Perfume is a mixture of aroma compounds or fragrant essential oils, solvents, and fixatives. These also comprise a mixture of water, alcohol, and molecules that gets evaporated at room temperature.

What are the differences between attars and perfumes?

Attars are fragrances in the form of oil, meanwhile, Perfumes are ‘Spray’.

Attar perfumes comprise natural fragrances that are brought from botanical sources in the form of base oil. As the perfumes contain alcohol, so they typically come in the form of a spray. This is the main difference between attar and perfume.

Manufacturing Process

Attars are manufactured by making use of the hydro-distillation method on the basis of Sandalwood oil. The raw material that is used in the process of distillation comes from the parts of plants. For instance, flowers, leaves, roots, etc.

Natural vs Synthetic

The major difference between perfumes and attars is that these attars are based on natural products. It means that these are made by making use of natural things like flowers, whose smell is more comfortable for our senses.

Meanwhile, perfumes are made by making use of chemicals. Sometimes, these chemicals might be harmful to our skin and overall health.


When perfumes are mixed with air or water, these pollute the air around us along with our oceans. On the other hand, attars are friendlier for nature and bio-degradable when these are compared with perfumes.


Alcohol molecules particularly assist perfumes in getting a better projection when these are compared to attars.


Those attars which are Sandalwood based are expensive because of the labor-intensive process that is required for doing their production. They are also rarely available and because of this these commodities are expensive.

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