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Essential Oils vs Fragrance Oils

Essential Oils vs Fragrance Oils

Thinking about Natural vs Synthetic in current times seems to form an immediate impression. We automatically assume that a Natural product is better than Man Made. However, is this the case and what are the positives and negatives when it comes to Essential Oils vs Fragrance Oils.

Are Essential Oils better for the planet because they’re Natural or are Fragrance Oils better because they require less resources ?

Let’s explore as much as we can find and see what the facts are. I suspect there is no clear cut winner and it will come down to individual applications.

Essential Oils vs Fragrance Oils
Essential Oils vs Fragrance Oils

What is the Difference ?

The main difference between Essential and Fragrance Oils is that Essential = Natural and Fragrance = Synthetic. Firstly, Essential Oils are made from natural ingredients where Fragrance Oils are often synthesized.

Essential OilsFragrance Oils
Aromatic Plant PartsSynthetic components & Aromatic Plant Parts
Has natural medicinal & aromatherapeutic benefits, can have longer shelf lifeCan replicate aromas not found in nature, lower cost to produce
Can have negative side effects, generally more costly to produceUsually shorter shelf life, no medicinal benefits
Vanilla, Peppermint, LavenderCandy, Fresh Linen, Pumpkin Spice
Essential Oils vs Fragrance Oils

Medicinal or Therapeutic properties may be found in Essential Oils. Unfortunately some can also carry unwanted side effects, usually in the form of allergens. On the other hand this does not mean Fragrance oils are allergen free. Fragrance Oils can be made up of many different chemical compounds.

Both types of Oil are regulated for use within the EU and have safe limits along with guidance for safe usage.

Is one better than the other ?

This is a very hard question to answer. Furthermore, it is very subjective. In some instances you want the benefits of essential oils but not the side effects.

On the other hand you can argue that although fragrance oils are synthetic they have no impact on commercial farming. This is something I have looked into and thought about deeply without currently coming to a conclusion. Some of the soaps I make are all natural, some contain natural and some are all synthetic. Whilst farming and processing one oil may be harmful, another may be harmless and it is dependant upon the source.

Lastly, check out the range of soaps in my shop and leave me feedback on which you prefer after trying them !