People ask for essential oils, but most of the time they actually are looking for fragrance oils. Both oils come in a variety of scents, but how the oil is made and how it is used is different.
When flowers, herbs, roots, etc. are distilled with no carrier oil added, the resulting products are called genuine essential oils. Because these oils are pure distillations, they can be very expensive due to the large amount of plants needed to produce a small amount of oil. This is especially true for some essential oils that can be added to food or beverages. Also, natural does not mean they are 100% safe. The affects on the body can be both good and bad, so it is important to learn about the herbs and oils you are using. While these oils can be expense, a little oil goes a long way since they are very concentrated. Therefore, the oils need to be diluted before using them either in water or a neutral oil like olive, almond or grapeseed oil.
Fragrance oils, on the other hand, are not as expensive as essential oils because they are almost always synthetic and may not contain true floral or herbal essence. Some fragrance oils are a blend of essential and carrier oils, but the concentration of the essential oil varies from brand to brand and scent to scent. While some fragrance oils can be used on the skin, hair and some craft items, their sole purpose is to produce an aroma.
Unlike essential oils, fragrance oils have a consistent aroma and are not affected by climate, season or location of the raw materials. However, the ingredients included in fragrance oils do not have to be disclosed to the public. Therefore, if you are sensitive to fragrances and/or certain chemicals, you are more likely to have a negative reaction to fragrance oils than essential oils. Due to being copies and mimics of natural scents, fragrance oils have no health benefits and do not dissolve well in water.
If you are looking for oils just for their aroma, fragrance oils are the best choice. The aroma lasts longer, and it is less expensive. If you are looking for oils for aromatherapy, therapeutic reasons or you are chemical sensitive, essential oils are your choice.
Seeds of Wellness carries essential oils. Choose from a selection of oils, single and special blends, to care for your family’s everyday health needs.