For many people in Africa and the world are today using essential oils and fragrance oils but they can’t still differentiate these two types of oils, and thereby mixing the two without much knowledge. These two oils have quite a number of differences and these can be in terms of chemicals used in the process, the priced attached to each and the purposes in which one of these oil is used. However sometimes they can serve similar purposes depending on the consumer.
To simply understand the differences between essential oils and fragrance oils is that essential oils are natural, extracted from plants, flowers, leaves, stems, barks, roots of tress or plants. Essential oils can protect someone from viruses and bacteria and can sometimes relief pain. On the other hand fragrance oils are artificially made from factories just with a scent or aroma in them and sometimes don’t have any health benefits at all.
Essential oils are natural oils that have been extracted in different ways form real plants, it is true that not all plants can produce essential oils. Essential oils contain aromatic properties which are sometimes used for remedies for some health issues. Essential oils are used in body therapy to reduce body pain, physiological issues, periodic problems, skin issues, and bone or muscle pains.
Essential oils are comprised of natural substances extracted from parts of plants like flowers, herbs and roots. They are pure oils obtained either by steaming distillation, squeezed or tapped from a natural source of point. It is sometimes difficult to extract some of these essential oils because they are very difficult to extract. Essential oils are neat because they are have not been processed, diluted with other materials during the process. They can be hard to get the same quantity of extracts because it is naturally obtained depending on the season, climate, soils, and the natural chemical components which differ sometimes. Therefore consistence of essential oils sometimes may not be the same both in quality and quantity. Essential oils helps with pain relief, assist in fighting cold, flu symptoms and other similar health problems.
Fragrance oils are those that do not have the natural properties like essential oils. They usually contain a pleasant aroma as we can see in the manufacture of recent perfumes, almost every perfume contain fragrance oil. It is easy to craft many aroma because it is artificially made and diluted during the process.
They are sometimes used in the manufacturing of lotions, perfumes and soaps. People buy them only for the shake of the scents or aroma found in fragrance oils but these fragrance oils have no health benefits.
CHEMICAL COMPONENTS OF ESSENTIAL OILS
The essential oils are sometimes complex and not easy to reproduce by synthesis instead of it being isolated from a natural source. Some of these chemical components are recognized by science but some are still not recognized. Due to the amount of natural chemicals found in essential oils it can be categorized top, middle or low. Essential oils produce chemicals that may vary with the same plant because of change of climate, seasons and other natural causes.
CHEMICAL COMPOSITIONS OF FRAGRANCE OILS
The chemicals found in fragrance oils are easy to make because it is made artificially by diluting chemicals and usually it last longer when compared with essential oils. There are many types of fragrance oils because it can be produce in a lab but sometimes essential oils are added during the process but it’s not natural like essential oils.
PRICE OF ESSENTIAL OILS
Prices don’t stay at one place with regards to the type, season, demand and availability. A good example is rose oil which are definitely expensive because of the hard way of extracting the oil. This is why pure essential oils can’t be cheap except if it is a fake product that some do to earn more money. Sometimes not all are expensive especially if they are not hard to extract like citrus oil. Since they are extracted from real plants and difficult to produce in large numbers this is why they are difficult to find in any shop or products around. Essential oils can be find in real stores.
PRICE OF FRAGRANCE OIL
Fragrance oils tend to be cheap when compared with essential oils because of they are easily diluted in labs or factories. Fragrance oils can produce banana, strawberry or apple aromas but not the same method you can do with essential oils. They are found in almost every product and are easy to find.
USES OF ESSENTIAL OILS
Essential oils is used in aromatherapy practices for therapeutic properties to ease muscle pains, skin problems and other body issues. One of the key reasons why essential oils are great is they are used in skin and hair softening, skin moisturizing, rash, eczema, stress and migraine relief. Essential oils can be taken internally which is the opposite with fragrance oils.
USES OF FRAGRANCE OILS
Fragrance oils do not have health benefits like essential oils because they are made to provide a scent or as the name said fragrance. They are used in the manufacturing of cosmetics and perfumes as it provide a pleasing aroma. Some these oils are used in in the manufacture of perfumes, body products, detergents and soaps. They are not meant to be food flavoring.
LIFE SPAN OF ESSENTIAL OILS
Essential oils tend to have a shorter life span because it is organic. They don’t tend to evaporate under normal conditions as in the case of fragrance oils. Essential oils have a low lasting scent unlike the fragrance oils and may not be compatible with other oils as they cannot be chemically altered to stabilize them like fragrance oils.
LIFE SPAN OF FRAGRANCE OILS
Fragrance oils tend to have a long life span because they can be diluted with other chemicals to keep them stay longer. They have a long lasting scent when compared to essential oils. Fragrance oils are usually stable than essential oils.
Both essential oils and fragrance oils may vary in many way but each one serve its purpose despite the differences. Did you know of any difference if you do then lets me know in the comment box below?
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