Fragrance Oils vs Essential Oils
Fragrances are also divided into natural and chemical fragrances. In our daily lives, we are most often exposed to "synthetic chemical fragrances". In simple terms, they are chemically synthesized in a laboratory to imitate the smell of a natural essential oil. For example, by analyzing the ingredients, the scent of rose oil is synthesized. A natural essential oil can have many different components and it is impossible to imitate all of them, which results in the difference between the scent of synthetic and natural essential oils.
Essential oils are organic metabolites of plants, formed by photosynthesis and biochemical action in the oil glands within or above plant tissues, in flowers, seeds, bark, leaves, roots, resins, bark and tree trunks, and emit a strong odor.
In plants, the scent is used to attract or repel insects and to protect themselves. Essential oils protect plants from pests and diseases, as well as from cold, heat and dryness. The sun is essential for the formation of essential oils, so most of the plants that produce them grow in warm areas.
Therefore, the most difference is:
Most fragrances are chemically synthesized in order to add scent to skin care products or cosmetics.
Essential oils are extracted from natural plants and contain active chemical ingredients which give them their efficacy.
Fragrance oils not safe? Essential oils safe?
Are natural essential oils necessarily safer than synthetic fragrances?
The answer is: No.
At present, there is a national list of fragrances that are legal to use and certified as safe. Of course, substandard fragrances contain "benzene" or "formaldehyde" which can be harmful to the body in the long term. For example, sometimes I ride in a friend's car and the strong car perfume emits a strong smell. After sitting for a long time, I often feel nauseous and dizzy if I don't take care of the ventilation. Natural essential oils, on the other hand, can cause allergic reactions in the body if care is not taken in the amount used and the contraindications to their use. Essential oils need to be used under professional guidance.