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What's The Difference Between Fragrance Oils And Essential Oils?

Posted on November 10, 2019 by Chad Pegura | 31 comments

What's The Difference Between Fragrance Oils And Essential Oils?

People sometimes confuse fragrance oils with essential oils because of the way these terms are used in advertising. Many companies and people use them interchangeably, as if they are the same thing. There is a staggering difference, however, between the two. Though both types of oils can be used for the same purposes, their chemical components are vastly different. This means that they might not do the job that you intend them to do, which can waste not only your time but also your money. 

How Are Essential Oils Made?

Essential oils are found in nature and are created by extracting the different parts of a plant that give them their distinctive scent. Essential oils can be found naturally in:

  • Flowers
  • Seeds
  • Bark
  • Resin
  • Wood
  • Fruit

Pure essential oils are extracted by using a complicated process of steam distillation to get the purest form of the oil. With the use of steam and a condenser, the oils are separated from the plant. The oil that remains is the essential oil, while the water that remains is called hydrosol. Hydrosol contains all of the same plant essences but in a diluted and milder form.

Some essential oils, such as those that come from rinds of citrus fruits are extracted through a cold expression method that does not use heat or solvents.

How Are Fragrance Oils Made?

Fragrance oils do not come from nature and are therefore not extracted from any plant. They are manufactured by scientists. Fragrance oils are synthetic compounds that contain artificial substances to give them the desired scent. They might contain a small amount of natural essential oil but the majority of their composition is chemical makeup. Since they are created synthetically, fragrance oils are generally cheaper than pure essential oils. For these reasons, it is not recommended to use fragrance oils in your nebulizing diffuser.

What's The Difference Between Fragrance Oils And Essential Oils?

Differences In Scents

Though many plants have scents that can be used in essential oils, some do not. Therefore, the scents available in pure essential oils are limited to sources of natural aroma. For example, orange rinds contain essential oils that smell like an orange. They can be extracted to produce orange essential oil. Bananas, however, do not have an extractable aroma and cannot be used to produce an essential oil.

Since fragrance oils are synthetic, they are not limited to scents that are naturally extracted from plants. They can be created in a wide range of scents that might smell like a plant, but do not actually come from that plant. This is why you might find fragrance oils that smell like coffee beans or strawberries. The oil manufacturer can mimic these scents using a host of chemical compounds. 

Differences In Benefits

Essential oils are well-known for their therapeutic benefits. They have been used in many cultures for centuries due to their ability to provide healing benefits to the mind and body. Essential oils contain natural chemicals that can promote good health and well-being. They are often used in aromatherapy. Essential oils can be added to a nebulizing diffuser to clean and purify the air or to deliver their beneficial compounds through inhalation. They can also be used in lotions or other beauty products to heal the skin and add a pleasant scent.

Fragrance oils do not have the same compounds as pure essential oils. Though scientists have been able to duplicate their aroma, they have not been able to duplicate the benefits that come from nature. Fragrance oils are often used in beauty products. They can be found in lotions, soaps, and any product that can be enhanced by a great smell.

Therapeutic Benefits Of Essential Oils

Different essential oils have different properties that give them unique abilities. Many essential oils have antibacterial, antimicrobial, and antiviral properties. This makes them excellent at killing germs that can cause illness and infection. Try:

Other essential oils are known for their disinfectant properties that can kill household germs and be used as natural cleaning products. Try:

Some essential oils have antidepressant properties that can improve your mood, reduce anxiety, and ease symptoms of depression, such as:

  • Lemon
  • Lavender
  • Ylang-ylang
  • Elemi

Many essential oils have anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties that can reduce swelling, ease muscle pain, or alleviate headaches, such as:

  • Turmeric
  • Basil
  • Frankincense
  • Ginger

If you’re looking for a specific fragrance, such chocolate raspberry cake, you’ll probably find it in a fragrance oil.

But if you’re looking to find a way to sleep better at night or fight off a common cold, essential oils are the way to go. Just put a few drops into your essential oil diffuser and start reaping the benefits. 

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25 Responses

Jukie
Jukie

November 30, 2019

I think the main point is we have truly been deceived, and bombarded with man made (lab made) Products , and ingredients in our food and medicine…synthetic ie un- natural.and or highly processed ^ natural ^ ingredients which no longer possses the desired Properties or benefits we need We cannot benefit from artificial or synthetic substances the y are not equal to the natural substances like they would have us believe. Which tells us we must protect all of nature and not allow the genetic modification or alteration of God made perfect and complex things for any reason . Respect the dandelion for it is one of God’s greatest gifts to us and is incredibly powerful not only in healing humans and animals but heals the earth also …we must teach ourselves and learn the truth , not just go along with what we are told or with s very one else . We have the ability to thrive if we follow the word of God and we realize the only truth is in the Bible , and surprisingly it really does telll you everything you need to know. Which truly is great news …but if we allow further destruction of protected land and habitat we will be hard pressed to find natural resources and the environment will be destroyed as they have or are currently doing to California it is also creating earthquakes….while everyone is distracted by drama and electronic devices .

Antoinette M
Antoinette M

November 17, 2019

Very interesting. Thank you for the info!

Manni
Manni

November 17, 2019

This is great. No wonder there is a big price difference. Good to know.

Joseph William
Joseph William

November 17, 2019

Well, it looks like to me I will be using more of the essential oils.

L. Johnston
L. Johnston

November 17, 2019

After discovering and using essential oils I simply cannot go back to using artificial scents in my house, as they smell fake. Essential oils have a ‘healing’ scent and effect on me that I love. :)

Stephanie LaPlante
Stephanie LaPlante

November 16, 2019

After reading this, I’ll definitely read more about oils. I definitely prefer essential oils.

Cheryl Zibisky
Cheryl Zibisky

November 16, 2019

I drink Turmeric tea, but haven’t seen it in an oil. Thanks for sharing.

Abbey Timmons
Abbey Timmons

November 16, 2019

It is helpful to know the difference between essential oils and fragrance oils. I don’t want those nasty compounds from fragrance oils in my body!

DIANA B
DIANA B

November 15, 2019

i really needed to know that, thank you!

Ron Walsh
Ron Walsh

November 15, 2019

Great to know ty

Pat Quillman
Pat Quillman

November 15, 2019

I never knew there was a differenct ty

Cody Pfoh
Cody Pfoh

November 15, 2019

such great information thanks

Jo-Anne Pfoh
Jo-Anne Pfoh

November 15, 2019

I had no idea ty for the information

Dawn M.
Dawn M.

November 15, 2019

Very good article on oils, I love essiential oils and how they work for so may things, makes it nice to have around the house.

Scotty
Scotty

November 14, 2019

Great article. People definitely need to be aware that fragrance oils are a completely different beast. Personally I only use natural products (where possible) which means I avoid all fragrance oils.

Debbie Bashford
Debbie Bashford

November 13, 2019

good to know, had no idea

Christina Naugle
Christina Naugle

November 13, 2019

Thank you, i didn’t know there was a difference in the oils

Coline T.
Coline T.

November 13, 2019

This article really useful for me. I confused for choosing the Fragrance Oils information what would be the best for everything. But review this article my confusion has cleared. Thanks a lot for sharing such an informative article :-)

Terri David
Terri David

November 13, 2019

I want the good stuff, not the artificial stuff.

Annette
Annette

November 13, 2019

Thank you for the explanation. I always knew they were different, but didn’t realize that fragrance oils were (mostly) synthetic.

Kevin Linkie
Kevin Linkie

November 12, 2019

Learning more everytime I come here. Fragrance oils are synthetic and Essential oils are from real plants
El
El

November 12, 2019

Each drop of pure essential oil has important benefits. The Nebulizing Essential Oil Diffuser sounds like it won’t waste or dilute a single drop!

lori d bugher
lori d bugher

November 12, 2019

Essential oils actually come from plants, and not from a chemistry lab.

Irena Matković
Irena Matković

November 12, 2019

Essential Oils are the best!

Brittany Gilley
Brittany Gilley

November 12, 2019

great info!

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