Wellness, Lifestyle

What is the Difference between Fragrance Oil vs Essential Oil?

Fragrance oils are problematic because these contain synthetic compounds. What’s wrong with synthetic compounds? These unlisted ingredients can be carcinogenic or endocrine disrupting chemicals which companies do not need to disclose to consumers. On a cosmetic level, they can be drying and irritating to the skin. They can also cause many other serious respiratory and endocrine adverse effects on the body.




Do you know the difference between Fragrance Oil vs Essential Oil?
New essential oil users may not know these products are not interchangeable. There are major differences and it is important to know them, because you may experience significant health issues as a result of using them.

Fragrance Oils vs Essential Oils


A fragrance oil (or perfume oil) is a synthetic product of a undisclosed chemical combination created in a lab.
While occasionally a fragrance oil may include some small portion of essential oil in the make up, they cannot be considered an all-natural safe product.
Essential oils are made from nature. They can only be extracted from plants and plant parts that contain essential oils. These natural oils are usually obtained from the plant through steam distillation or by cold-pressing.

Therapeutic Benefits

While perfume and fragrance oils have strong aromas, they do not have therapeutic properties like essential oils. They are frequently found in soap, detergents, and beauty products to produce more yield for distribution.
Many people can have allergic reactions to the chemical components within fragrances or fragrance oils.
Therapeutic properties are what make essential oils so desirable and a far safer choice for you.
Be sure to read bottle labels and do your research on the company prior to purchasing oils. It is extremely important to know what you are getting – especially when using topically, internally or diffusing. 


Essential oil aromas can sometimes be more subtle than fragrance oils because they are limited to what is naturally available with the associated tree, root, plant, seeds, and flowers.
Fragrance oil also has a larger variety of scents available because of what they can artificially add to the fragrance oil.
Synthetic fragrance oils are going to have a longer lasting aroma too. This means they will stick to clothes and unfortunately onto your body (and inside! Yikes!) Fragrance oils are not volatile because they are synthetically created, this means the aroma will stay around longer.
Essential oils are volatile, this means that the aroma will evaporate faster.

Shelf Life

Since fragrance oils are man-made, they may have a longer shelf life than essential oils. Essential oil shelf life can vary from 1-5 years, depending on the type of oil.
Citrus essential oils have the shortest because they are more prone to oxidation when exposed to light, their shelf life is usually 1-2 years. Patchouli essential oils is one of the longest lasting essential oils as far as shelf life is concerned.


Fragrance and perfume oils are going to cost less than essential oils because they are a lot easier to produce. To create essential oils, it takes a lot of raw plant material to get just a bottle of oil. Additionally, vigorous testing is required to ensure the quality of product. For example, Rose essential oil is distilled to gently release the delicate flower’s oil through steam. This also means that each 5 ml bottle requires 9.98 kilograms of rose petals, making Rose oil one of the most valuable essential oils you can acquire.


As it turns out, essential oils tend to have very high frequencies, generally ranging from 52 MHz to 320 MHz. Rose oil has been cited as one of the highest frequency essential oils, with its ability for resonating at 320 MHz.
You need to ensure that you do your own research and buy perfumes and essential oils from a reputable company. Especially because these get absorbed by your skin and are inhaled by you and your family.
Young living achieves ultimate quality control by growing plants on their own farms and partner farms – 16 farms in 12 countries – as well as sourcing from their Seed to Seal certified suppliers. Young Living do NOT test on animals, and they are one of the only essential oil suppliers in the world to use an independent environmental auditor, SCS Global, so you can trust in both their essential oil quality and their environmental ethics.
There are 5 BIG differences between fragrance oil and essential oil, so you need to ensure that you purchase the correct one.
If you desire any therapeutic benefits, essential oils are what you should purchase.

Elise Santos

Elise Santos

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I'm Elise and this website is about all things Beauty, Wellness & Lifestyle. I am a nurse & digital creator living in Sydney, Australia.
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