What is Essential Oils?
Essential oils are oils that have been extracted from plants for their scents and chemical properties. They are commonly used in aromatherapy and in products that need natural scents and flavors. Essential oils are completely organic by nature and only capture naturally-extractable aromas.
Essential oils have a shorter shelf life than typical fragrance oils because they are organic products. That is why they lose efficacy over time from being exposed to air, and eventually, oxidized essential oils will offer no aromas or health benefits.
Some essential oils can cause skin irritants and should not be placed directly on users’ skin. Instead, essential oils should be added in small amounts to a carrier product to prevent irritation or illness. Similarly, essential oils should not be inhaled and should be added to food carefully. Any person may have an allergy to specific oil; essential oil users need to watch for rashes and other reactions to make sure they’re not exposing themselves to an allergen.
Essential oils vary in quality and availability. Because they must be extracted from real plants, some essential oils are very difficult to produce in bulk. While common essential oils can be found in retail stores, others are manufactured only by experts with large resources and are therefore more expensive.
What is Fragrance Oils?
Fragrance oils are synthetic scents. They are either partially derived from plants or completely artificial and can mimic unusual scents outside of the range of essential oils. While fragrance oils don’t usually offer the same potential health benefits as essential oils, they are cheaper, more accessible, and have longer shelf lives than essential oils.
Fragrance oils can have stronger aromas than essential oils because they can be altered and combined with preserving chemicals.
Fragrance oils are risky, unlike essential oils, fragrance oils are not safe.
Synthetic fragrance oils are much cheaper than essential oils, and thus more commonly used. While synthetics are improving in quality, many synthetic fragrance oils are derived from petroleum, and contain chemicals that may lead to allergic reactions or act as hormone disruptors.
The fragrance manufacturers do not disclose much information about their ingredients under the "proprietary formula" rules. Proprietary means they own the formula and don’t have to disclose the ingredients to make it harder for others to copy it. Most likely the synthetic carrier is fragrance grade DPG or DPGF. The Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) are not much help because they only disclose ingredients in sufficient quantity to be considered "Hazardous" or toxic, so most don't offer any valuable info at all.
Love Your Skin
When it comes to living a healthy and natural lifestyle, what you put on your body is just as significant as what you put in your body. Your skin is the largest organ of your body and since it is porous, it absorbs whatever you put on it.