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Essential oils are derived from natural plants and can include different parts of the plant: flowers, fruit, leaf etc. There’s a distillation process to extract the essential oil which contains the original health, beauty or cleaning properties of the plant.
Fragrance oils are manufactured to smell like a particular essential oil e.g. lavender oil. But the fragrance oil doesn’t contain any of the helpful properties of a source plant because the scent is artificial.
So there’s a big difference between fragrance oils and essential oils. Katie is a soap maker who uses only essential oils in her soaps. In this article, she not only explains the difference between the two types of oils. She also discusses:
- The downside of fragrance oils
- The upside of fragrance oils
- The downside of essential oils
- The upside of essential oils
It’s a very interesting article! Click on the Difference Between Fragrance Oils and Essential Oils link below to read the complete article.