Alright, so I’ve had a lot of questions about ingredients that are in bath products and what are they doing in there? What are in my products? Why do I use Fragrance Oils instead of Essential Oils? And most important: Why is that in there???
To answer some of those concerns and questions I’ve decided to do one ingredient per month starting with fragrance and essential oils.
Fragrance Oil is a super concentrated scent oil that just like essential oils should never be used undiluted on the skin (also known as neet) and essential oils should never be ingested undiluted either. As an example 1-2 drops of peppermint essential oil is equal to 100 cups of peppermint tea! We are not equipped to deal with those concentrations.
Fragrance oils are created in a lab from a variety of sources such as aroma chemicals and up to 10% essential oils. Fragrance oils are more cost effective in most cases and in other cases they are impossible to achieve in nature. You simply cannot capture lilac or fruit fragrances in oil naturally. If you want them you must go with man made.
As I mentioned, fragrance oils are much more cost effective. Sandalwood essential oil costs about $300 for 1oz or 28g of oil, it’s an endangered species and they have to cut down the entire tree to get all the wood to render the oil (I hear that the best oil comes from the oldest wood and the roots.) Alternatively, 1 lb of fragrance oil created in a lab costs approximately $30 US and doesn’t chop down the endangered species. Now when making cold process soap most soapmakers use an average of 14g or 1/2 oz of fragrance per pound of oils; I’m thinking that sandalwood essential oil soap would have to be at least $28 to cover just the costs of the materials. That’s some pretty expensive soap, isn’t it?
So for me the difference between essential oil or fragrance oil is looking at the overall picture. I’m a smells great type of person. Does it smell great? (Does it smell awesome is better!) What’s my footprint like? And finally, is it cost effective?