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Ask The Expert: Essential Oil Or Fragrance Oil?

Recently, we sampled ESS® Aromatherapy essential oils at the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) National Convention. One question came up repeatedly: “Are ESS oils essential oils or fragrance oils?”

The short answer is that ESS® oils are essential oils—pure, natural, and undiluted. But when searching for aromatherapy oils to add to your services, it is important to not only understand the difference between essential and fragrance oils, but to also know if the brand you are considering represents essential or fragrance oils. Some companies may try to mask the fact that they are selling primarily fragrance oils by adding only a drop or two of essential oil to their product. With a little research you can become familiar with the differences between essential, essential blend, and fragrance oils.

One of the easiest ways to explain the difference between fragrance and essential oils is by comparing them to natural and synthetic oils. Synthetic oils are man-made and usually cheaper than essential oils, and many times they contain chemicals that the user may be unaware of. Natural oils are usually a little more costly due to the way the oils are harvested. But they are pure, with no added chemicals or hazards.

The uses of oils are as diverse as their ingredients. Essential oils are used to positively affect the body, mind, and spirit. Fragrance oils are more commonly known as perfume oils and made to imitate the scent of an essential oil.

Lavender is a good example of why you should choose essential oils over fragrance oils in your service. While the fragrance of lavender will scent your soap and shampoo, it lacks the calming and antiseptic proprieties that essential lavender oil possesses.

So choose wisely when considering aromatherapy oils for your spa. ESS essential oils are perfect for custom, targeted treatments and they offer you superb quality at affordable prices.


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