What is the difference between essential oils and fragrance oils?

Many people confuse the terms "essential oil" and "fragrance oil" because of the frequent incorrect practice of using these terms interchangeably. However, essential oils and fragrance oils are different in a number of ways, mainly due to the way they are created.

Most pure essential oils are extracted from plants through steam distillation. Freshly picked plants are suspended over boiling water, and the steam pulls the oils out of the plant. Many essential oils, such as lavender and eucalyptus, are used for their therapeutic benefits as well as their pleasant aroma.

  • Fragrance oils are synthetic products and therefore do not possess the natural healing properties of essential oils.
  • Fragrance oils are essentially just a "pleasant aroma" created in a lab using various chemical combinations.
  • Fragrance oils may contain a certain percentage of essential oils, but they are not completely natural, like essential oils.

When making my Piper Dee Naturals products, I only use therapeutic-grade essential oils and never fragrance oils. You can find my products at the Simpson Spring Marketplace six days a week, or online at www.PiperDeeNaturals.com. 
Got a question? Email me at PiperDeeNaturals@gmail.com.