This week we have a special treat for you, a guest blog by soap maker extraordinaire Kim from Trade & Mark Soap company.
If you are like me, you have heard the words "fragrance oils" and "essential oils" thrown around but may not have understood the difference between them. In this post, Kim is going to give us some information about what makes these options different.
Trade and Mark Soap Company has recently launched a new line of soap that contain essential oils. This post should help to explain the difference between the two types of bars.
Essential Oils vs. Fragrance Oils
Essential Oils are organic liquids that are extracted from various plant parts such as seeds, leaves, fruits, flowers, resins and woods. The reason they are called essential oils is because they capture the plant's "Essence". Each essential oil has its plant's distinctive fragrance. Essential oil also has its own wellness and therapeutic qualities.
Fragrance Oils are blended synthetic aroma compounds or natural essential oils that are diluted with a carrier like propylene glycol, vegetable oil or mineral oil. The synthetic versions of a compound similar to essential oil is usually very comparable.
Some people are very sensitive to the synthetic fragrance oils, therefore they tolerate better the natural essential oils. The downside though of essential oils is that they can be considerably more expensive than the fragrance oils.
Fragrance oils if tolerated without any sensitivities have a huge variety of some very exotic, rich, and complex fragrances, which can be very desirable. However, if you use them it is important to use fragrance oils that are paraben-free and phthalate-free which are safer for people and their environment.
I choose to have 2 separate lines of bar soap, featuring either fragrance oils or essential oils for all of the above reasons. This way everyone has a choice that they can enjoy and use!