Many of our customers ask: what is the difference between essential oils and fragrance oils? At Aubrey Bay Candle Company, we use exceptional fragrance and essential oil blends to create our soy wax candles. This allows us to create beautiful, luxury candles at affordable prices. In this post, we’ll explore the difference essential oils vs fragrance oils in candles to help you make informed choices.
Essential Oils and Fragrance Oils defined
In the candle industry, makers are familiar with the benefits and debate surrounding essential oils vs fragrance oils. However, for the end consumer, these differences are not always apparent. We believe it’s important for informed consumers to know the “why” behind how we create our products.
Essential oils are made of all-natural substances extracted from plants like flowers, berries and herbs. They can be made by extracting oil from the needles, roots, peel or other parts of the plant. These oils have not been processed or manipulated and are referred to as “neat.”
By using blends of fragrance and essential oils, we are able to create a line of home fragrances that are unique, affordable and highly fragrant.
Chemical components of a particular essential oil can vary substantially based on factors like season and climate. Therefore it’s difficult to produce consistent, predictable outcomes using this type of oil in products on its own.
Although they may contain a small percentage of essential oils, fragrance oils are synthetically made. Fragrance oils are a mixture of various chemical components and can be made to emulate a smell that occurs in nature, such as pine, or a setting or concept, such as “sea breeze.”
Fragrance oils are non-volatile and shelf-stable, meaning they typically last longer than essential oils. These qualities also allow us to provide products which consistently produce beautiful scents.
Benefits of using fragrance oil blends
Blending the two types of oils offers several benefits. Fragrance oils offer:
- Powerful Scent Throw: Scent throw essentially means how a fragrance is released and permeates a space. Fragrance oils hold a scent better in hot temperatures than essential oils do.
- Greater Range of Aromas: Fragrance oils are available in a wider range of types than essential oils. This allows us to create complex, nuanced aromas. For example, you might want to create a lavender scent in the bedroom to promote restorative sleep, or a sweet-smelling floral scent in your bathroom to keep it smelling fresh and clean.
- More Cost-Effective Products: Essential oils tend to be pricey. This is no surprise when you consider it can take up to 1,000 rose petals to create a single drop. Mixing our essential oils with fragrance oils allows us to create products which are much more affordable.
At Aubrey Bay, we use a mixture of (paraben-free) fragrance oils and essential oils. We love aromatherapy and unique scents so we pick the best of both worlds.
Many customers assume that essential oils must naturally be safer, but this isn’t exactly true. Aubrey Bay carefully chooses each ingredient used to create our products. Our fragrance oils are phthalate-free, vegan and safe for use on the body.
Essential Oils vs Fragrance Oils Final Thoughts
At Aubrey Bay, our soy wax candles are meticulously created with our customers’ health and satisfaction in mind. Contact us to learn more about our fabrication process or to place an order for yourself or a friend.