Essential oils have been gently distilled, steamed, or extracted from live botanicals. These oils are known for their aromatherapy benefits, as well as their soothing, healing, and medicinal benefits that have been used for centuries. The meticulous extraction methods and quantity of botanicals needed to create the essential oils are why essential oils tend to be expensive and more luxurious than fragrance oils.
Fragrance oils are chemical reproductions of botanicals and other natural scents. They contain alcohol and are relatively inexpensive and easy to obtain. Fragrance oils offer no health benefit to the final product and often cause allergic reactions, dryness, and irritation. Additionally, manufacturers can legally put ANY ingredient into a fragrance without disclosing it, as it is considered a trade secret. For these reasons, we avoid fragrance oils in our formulations.