What is the difference between an essential oil and a fragrance oil?
According to our fragrance suppliers ‘Eroma’…
“Essential oils are highly concentrated plant extracts or distillations derived from completely natural substances such as flowers, plants, bark and more. These oils are usually obtained through quite complex and expensive processes such as solvent extraction or steam distillation. Essential oils are incredibly difficult to reproduce as a fragrance oil because they can be made up of between 50 to 500 different naturally occurring chemicals found in a plant and not all of them have been identified.”
“Fragrance oils (also known as perfume or aromatic oils) are synthetically made chemical scent compounds. Fragrance oils can also be blended with small quantities of essential oils but this isn't always the case.
For an essential oil to be produced it commonly requires a complex production process and huge quantities of natural plant matter to produce a small amount of oil. Environmental factors, such as weather also impact on the supply of these materials. Sustainability and cost become an issue in the supply of essential oils.
Fragrance oils generally require a simpler process to manufacture and most often include very small quantities of essential oils. This allows the costs to be kept more affordable. These oils are also more stable, can be consistently reproduced and have a longer shelf life. These are the better overall choice for use in candles & diffusers.