Knowing the Difference Between Perfume Oils and Perfume

Perfume and fragrances have been around for many years and have continued to enjoy popularity. However, there continues to be confusion among many as to what the proper terminology is when it comes to this subject. It never hurts to gain more knowledge about the topic, especially if you love fragrances and want to know as much as you can about them. The trouble many have when it comes to perfume in general is that they get the terms “perfume” and “perfume oils” mixed up. Perfume itself is a mixture of alcohol and concentrated oils. Perfume is widely distributed in large department stores and boutique stores across the world. The way they are developed,...

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How to Use Fragrance Oils

Steps Put three capfuls of fragrance oils into a nice warm bath with bubbles. It helps you feel calm, relaxed and smell great. Mix a few drops of essential oil with warm water and you’ve got your own perfume. Mix fragrance oil with melted beeswax and olive oil and put it in the fridge – you end up with lip balm. Dip a toothpick into a bottle of essential oil and hold the toothpick over a small tealight candle. Let the essential oil drip onto the candle and repeat a couple of times. When you light the candle a scent will spread throughout the room. Sniff essential oils to feel calm and relaxed. This...

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What is a Fragrance Oil Made Of?

Q: What exactly is a fragrance oil made out of? I went to buy some today and noticed there was no ingredients listed.  A: Fragrance Oils do not have full ingredient disclosure; they fall under ‘Trade Secret’ status with the FDA and so simply putting “Fragrance” on an ingredient list will suffice. There are over 3500 materials (aroma chemicals, essential oils and essential oil components) that are approved for use in fragrance oils. Fragrance oils are not policed by the FDA; rather, they are a self-regulated body. Each individual ingredient is tested for things such as irritation, solvency, absorption, to physical characteristics like flash point, specific gravity, and flammability as well as more serious...

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Essential Oil vs. Fragrance Oil – What is the difference?

Asking about the difference between pure essential oils and fragrance oils is a little like asking what the difference is between natural and synthetic products. Both may have their uses and drawbacks. Synthetic products can be cheaper to produce and more convenient (for example polyester fabric) but may have drawbacks such as added chemicals and environmental hazard. Natural products might be better quality (for example wool) but harder to obtain in large quantities and not as palatable to the consumer. What Are Essential Oils? Aromatherapy essential oils are naturally occurring substances found in different parts of plants – the blossom, fruit, leaf, stem, bark, wood or resin. Through a complicated and often expensive process...

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Guide to Selecting Natural Fragrance Oils

Finding Your Fragrance Oil Scent Fragrance scents are made up of natural as well as synthetic ingredients. Getting scents from flowers into liquid form is a science that uses techniques like distillation (as in distilling alcohol) and enfleurage (a process that transfers aromas from flowers and other botanicals to neutral oils). Concentrating fragrances is an art as well as a science, and the essences used in fragrance production are usually super concentrated. Fragrances can actually be made up of dozens of ingredients — sometimes as many as a hundred or more. Some of the ingredients are stabilizers, fixatives or carrier oils designed to make scents last longer once they’re applied to the skin. Fragrances...

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The Difference Between Fragrance Oils & Essential Oils in Soap & Candle Making

What is the difference between fragrance oils and essential oils – especially as they relate to candle making and soap making? Well…if you’re a candle maker or soap maker who uses them interchangeably – who makes candles and makes soaps that just smell good (to you and others,) regardless of whether it’s natural or not, then there’s probably not much difference at all. As long as it’s a quality fragrance or essential oil, and has been tested to be safe in the application you’re using it for. But if you’re dedicated to making only natural soaps and natural candles, then there is all the difference in the world! Few topics in soap making and...

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