Essential Oils vs Fragrance Oils Essential Oils vs Fragrance Oils

Posted on by Carol Wu

Essential oils are naturally extracted from plants, and used in aromatherapy for mind, body, and skin benefits.

Fragrance oils are artificially created using synthetic chemicals.  They are specifically designed to produce a particular scent and do not provide any health or skin benefits.

Price of Essential Oils

Like red wine, the price of essential oils vary depending on the type of plant, the country of origin, the farmer, the distiller, the extraction method, the quality, and the availability.

Essential oils of Rose, Neroli, and Jasmine are some of the well known exoctic floral essential oils.  It takes hours of labour to harvest about 1 to 8 kilogram of the plant to yield approx. 1 gram of essential oil.  It is labor intensive and time consuming to yield very little essential oil, that is why they are so expensive.

Essential oils of Sandalwood, for centuries people have been chopping down sandalwood trees for the scent and medicinal qualities. Due to past exploitation has made wild sandalwood very rare today. This oil is so expensive because of the rarity and using only the older trees from the Southern part of India to product top quality sandalwood essential oil.

If you find these exoctic essential oils cheap, they are most likely adulterated, diluted, or fake.

Price of Fragrance Oils

Fragrance oils are alot cheaper because they are synethetically created.  There are fragrance oils made alike to the natural scent of real essential oils but they offer no health or skin benefits.  Fragrance oils are sold very cheap in big bottle, some even added colorants.  Some dishonest sellers sell fragrance oil to shopper claming it is 100% pure essential oil.  The shopper used the fake essential oil (fragrance oil) for skin and causes irritation !  We recommend you purchase from reputable sellers and DO NOT buy cheap oils !!!

Scent of Essential Oils

The scent of essential oil is very smooth, mild, pleasant, and evaporate quickly.  It wouldn't give you a headache (unless you are over dosing). The scent of essential oils is used in aromatherapy to relax, and for skin benefits.  There are more than a hundred kinds of essential oils and each has its own health benefits.  Usually about 30-50 commonly used ones, and we sell about 40 and keep adding.

Scent of Fragrance Oil

The scent of fragrance oil is usually very strong, artificial, and long lasting.  It maybe discomforting to some people or even give a headache to some sensitivie people like myself.  They are usually designed for a specific kind scent and may cause skin irritation.  The selection of fragrance oils is numerous and inexpensive, for example, "Ocean", "Forest", "Romance", "Apple Pie", "Baby Powder", "Chocolate Chip Cookie", "Watermelon", "Spring Rain",  and etc.

How to tell the difference?

So far, we talked about price and scent differences. Next is reading the ingredient label. Essential oil label has the following information printed on it;

  • Common name (Lavender)
  • Latin name (Lavendula Angustifolia)
  • Extraction method (Steam distilled from flower tips)
  • Origin (France)

Fragrance oil label has a mixture of chemical ingredients.

Essential oils are naturally extracted from plants, and used in aromatherapy for mind, body, and skin benefits.

Fragrance oils are artificially created using synthetic chemicals.  They are specifically designed to produce a particular scent and do not provide any health or skin benefits.

Price of Essential Oils

Like red wine, the price of essential oils vary depending on the type of plant, the country of origin, the farmer, the distiller, the extraction method, the quality, and the availability.

Essential oils of Rose, Neroli, and Jasmine are some of the well known exoctic floral essential oils.  It takes hours of labour to harvest about 1 to 8 kilogram of the plant to yield approx. 1 gram of essential oil.  It is labor intensive and time consuming to yield very little essential oil, that is why they are so expensive.

Essential oils of Sandalwood, for centuries people have been chopping down sandalwood trees for the scent and medicinal qualities. Due to past exploitation has made wild sandalwood very rare today. This oil is so expensive because of the rarity and using only the older trees from the Southern part of India to product top quality sandalwood essential oil.

If you find these exoctic essential oils cheap, they are most likely adulterated, diluted, or fake.

Price of Fragrance Oils

Fragrance oils are alot cheaper because they are synethetically created.  There are fragrance oils made alike to the natural scent of real essential oils but they offer no health or skin benefits.  Fragrance oils are sold very cheap in big bottle, some even added colorants.  Some dishonest sellers sell fragrance oil to shopper claming it is 100% pure essential oil.  The shopper used the fake essential oil (fragrance oil) for skin and causes irritation !  We recommend you purchase from reputable sellers and DO NOT buy cheap oils !!!

Scent of Essential Oils

The scent of essential oil is very smooth, mild, pleasant, and evaporate quickly.  It wouldn't give you a headache (unless you are over dosing). The scent of essential oils is used in aromatherapy to relax, and for skin benefits.  There are more than a hundred kinds of essential oils and each has its own health benefits.  Usually about 30-50 commonly used ones, and we sell about 40 and keep adding.

Scent of Fragrance Oil

The scent of fragrance oil is usually very strong, artificial, and long lasting.  It maybe discomforting to some people or even give a headache to some sensitivie people like myself.  They are usually designed for a specific kind scent and may cause skin irritation.  The selection of fragrance oils is numerous and inexpensive, for example, "Ocean", "Forest", "Romance", "Apple Pie", "Baby Powder", "Chocolate Chip Cookie", "Watermelon", "Spring Rain",  and etc.

How to tell the difference?

So far, we talked about price and scent differences. Next is reading the ingredient label. Essential oil label has the following information printed on it;

  • Common name (Lavender)
  • Latin name (Lavendula Angustifolia)
  • Extraction method (Steam distilled from flower tips)
  • Origin (France)

Fragrance oil label has a mixture of chemical ingredients.