Are fragrance oils that different from essential oils? The simple answer is yes. The confusion happens because many people use these terms interchangeably. Nonetheless, a lot of questions have been raised about our decision to discontinue fragrance oils. This is not a decision that was made without serious consideration. I decided to take a few moments and go into a little more detail about how we made this decision.
First, let’s look at some of the differences between the two different “oils”. There are some very prominent distinctions, yet often people use the two terms interchangeably. Essential oils are extracted from the leaves, flowers, stems, roots or bark of plants. They are not true oils, but are the sweet-smelling substances derived from these plants. Fragrance oils are usually synthetic; chemists analyze the plants’ components and attempt to reproduce their aroma.
As mentioned in our previous post, fragrance oils are a manufacture’s proprietary blend, and they are reluctant to release their ingredients. This isn’t the only reason that we are choosing not to include them in our soaps. Fragrance oils are not as beneficial for your skin. According to World of Plenty, the body doesn’t absorb these synthetic versions the same way it would natural molecules. Essential Oils on the other hand still contain the vitamins and nutrients that keep the plan alive, disease free, and growing strong. Our goal is to provide the truest all-natural products that we possibly can. By limiting our soaps to the use of essential oils, we are able to do this.
In summary, we want to provide—through each bar of soap—the natural components that are designed to not only help people with their skin, but with their overall well being. As an example, there are medicinal properties found in Tea Tree that are transferred through a bar of Tea Tree soap. Even though you may be losing some of your favorite “fragrances” over the next few months, keep in mind the overwhelming benefits you will be gaining in the future. Stay tuned; in the future we will be introducing some new essential oil blends.