Essential Oils Vs. Fragrance Oils- Whats the difference?
One Is Therapeutic and The Other Is Not.
One major difference between essential and fragrance oils is that there are no therapeutic plant benefits in fragrance oils. Fragrance oils are synthetically produced by chemist to create scents, and offer no therapy to the skin through absorption or therapy through inhalation as well. In fact you may never know what exactly you are breathing in or applying to your skin, because the manufacturers of fragrance oils are not required to disclose the ingredients used in making these oils under the “trade secrete law”; so you never actually know what is in these oils. This is why those who are chemically sensitive and are looking for therapeutic soaps will tend to choose handmade soaps that are made with pure essential oils.
Straight Form The Plant
Essential oils are therapeutic and are highly concentrated extracts from plants, roots, buds, leaves, twigs, bark, rhizomes, heartwood, resin, seed and fruits using distillation or expression. These oils are more expensive and are limited to selection of scents. This is a major reason why large companies will often use fragrance oils, because of cheaper cost and more scents that are widely available.
If you are shopping for just the enjoyment of your favorite scent, than fragrances oil would probably be a wise choice, however if shopping for natural skin care products or scents for aromatherapy, essential oils would be the better pick.