Essential Oils Versus Fragrance Oils: What's Better?

Pure essential oils have intoxicating aromas ideal for use in perfumes, scented candles, and fragrant soaps. However, the words "fragrance oils" or "fragrance" are often found on the ingredient lists of candles, cleaning products, and personal care products.


Is there a difference between essential oils and fragrance oils? What is fragrance oil used for? Keep reading as we break down essential oils versus fragrances.


Essential Oils vs. Fragrance Oils

It may not seem like it – because they both smell good – but everything from the production, chemical properties, and therapeutic value of essential oils and fragrances differ.


What Are Fragrance Oils?

Fragrance oils are synthetic aromas made to mimic a specific scent. While some may have natural components, they're typically made from petrochemicals and contain solvents, preservatives, and dyes. Because they are less volatile than essential oils, they are used in many commercial products.

The parabens and phthalates added to these scents to make them last longer have been linked to endocrine issues, skin problems, and allergies. Sadly, even products labeled "natural" may contain fragrance oils.


What Are Essential Oils?

Essential oils are potent botanical extracts made by extracting oils from the roots, leaves, bark, fruit, or flowers of the plant via cold pressing or steam distilling. These oils have complex, inviting aromas and amazing health benefits when used in aromatherapy and massage. 


Essential Oils Have Powerful, Non-Toxic Benefits

Essential oils don't just smell good but offer many emotional, mental, and physical benefits – they're nature's gift to your well being! They can be used aromatically, topically, and internally.

A diverse range of essential oils are available, and some of their healing properties include:

● Promoting focus

● Enhancing skin health

● Soothing muscle aches

● Reducing pain

● Lowering inflammation

● Enhancing mood

● Reducing congestion

● Energizing mind and body

● Natural antimicrobial


Adding 3-5 drops per 100ml of water of your favorite oil to an ultrasonic essential oil diffuser is a great way to disperse it and enjoy the benefits. But don't try this with synthetic fragrance oils as they are not beneficial to your health!


How about ditching the synthetic perfumes for a natural alternative? Make an uplifting body spray by combining 1 cup water, ½ cup witch hazel, 15 drops vanilla oil, and 10 drops sweet orange oil. Keep this in a spray bottle and shake well before misting over your clothes and skin.

We offer essential oil kits for candle-making and soap-making. Now's the time to get rid of your synthetically-fragranced candles and soaps!


Final Thoughts

Now you know exactly what's what when it comes to essential oils versus fragrance oils. At Woolzies, our products are free from synthetic fragrances and contain only the highest-quality essential oils.


Share this article with someone who may be confused and spread the essential oil love!

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