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Essential Oils or Fragrance Oils, What's the Difference?



Do you know the difference between an essential oil fragrance and a fragrance done with fragrance-grade oil?


I learned as I was working on how to create special blends for special purposes in my wellness work. I know using our senses on purpose goes a long way in creating not only well-being but awareness and an awakening of our body mind and spirit. Let me share with you what I learned (and keep learning) and how you can benefit from both therapeutic-grade essential oils and fragrance-grade oils.


Essential oil sprays and fragrance oil sprays are both used to add scent to a room or a person, but they are made from different types of oils and have different properties.

Essential oil sprays are made from natural plant extracts that are distilled from leaves, flowers, and other parts of plants. These oils are highly concentrated and contain the natural aromatic compounds of the plant. Essential oils are often used in aromatherapy to promote relaxation, improve mood, and provide other health benefits. They come in both therapeutic grade and fragrance grade.


The term "therapeutic grade" essential oils are highly concentrated plant extracts that can have therapeutic properties when used properly. The quality and purity of essential oils can vary widely depending on factors such as the plant source, production methods, and storage conditions.

To ensure that you are using high-quality essential oils, it's important to choose a reputable supplier that provides information about the sourcing and testing of their products. Look for essential oils that are labeled as 100% pure and are extracted using methods such as steam distillation or cold-pressing. Additionally, it's important to use essential oils safely and to consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using them for therapeutic purposes.

"Fragrance-grade" essential oils are essential oils that are primarily used for their aroma, rather than for therapeutic purposes. These oils are often used in perfumes, cosmetics, soaps, and other personal care products, as well as in household cleaning products and air fresheners.

Unlike therapeutic-grade essential oils, fragrance-grade essential oils may contain synthetic fragrances or other additives that can cause irritation or allergic reactions in some people. They may also be less expensive and of lower quality than therapeutic-grade oils, as they are not typically subjected to the same rigorous quality control standards.

While fragrance-grade essential oils can be a cost-effective and convenient way to add natural scents to products, it's important to use them with caution and to choose high-quality products from reputable suppliers. If you are using essential oils for therapeutic purposes, it's best to choose oils that are labeled as 100% pure and have been extracted using natural methods such as steam distillation or cold-pressing.

These oils are often less expensive than essential oils, and they can be formulated to smell like anything, including fruits, flowers, or spices. Fragrance oils are commonly used in perfumes, candles, and other scented products.

While both essential oil sprays and fragrance oil sprays can add scent to a space or person, essential oil sprays are made from natural plant extracts and have health benefits, while fragrance oil sprays may be made from synthetic fragrances and are often less expensive. They both have their purpose and function and that can determine which you choose. For example, I use fragrance grade as an accessory or just for the pleasure of a perfume, candle, or other product. Also, fragrance-grade scents tend to last longer.


On the other hand, when I'm looking for specific healing properties as well as the enjoyment of the scent I use therapeutic grade. I may even use both when preparing custom scents for my clients but often focus most often on the therapeutic oils to create my products. Either way, experimenting with different scents as long as they are not hazardous, is a great way to keep your sense of smell on its toes. This is especially so if your sense of smell has changed due to illness or other conditions.


Check other blog posts for specifics on the different types of essential oils, their benefits, purpose, cautions and more.





Wishing You Wholeness


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