What is the difference between essential oil and fragrance/parfum/Perfume?
It is very similar to asking a difference between natural and synthetic product.
Why Should we avoid Fragrance?
The collective term "Fragrance" on a label is often representative of a complex mixture that contains hundreds of potentially harmful chemicals. "Fragrance" is a catch-all word that conceals the actual ingredients. "Fragrance" is the number one skin irritant, according to the Academy of Dermatologists, and listed among the top five allergens.
How to produce essential oil and fragrance?
Essential oils are natural substances found in different parts of plants. It can be produce through a complicated and often expensive process of steam distillation.
Fragrance are synthetic product reproduce by chemists after analyze the plant's components and their chemical compositions. Replace by complex mixture of chemicals.
How to look for Fragrance Free Product?
Check the ingredients list on product label, make sure no "Fragrance", "Parfum", "Perfume"on it.
How about some product contaiig both essential oil and fragrance?
In this case, we need to know quantity/percentage of both essential oil and fragrance used in that product. But it is nearly impossible to know the precise quantity they use because it will expose their secret formulation
What we can do is, read the ingredient from top to bottom, Ingredients are always listed in proportional order with highest quantities at the top of the list to bottom. From here we can get a clearer picture on what we purchase
If essential are listed way down the list than fragrance then you better leave it. Even some products labeled with "Pure Essential oil" Natural and "Organic". It may contain mush more percentage of fragrance ingredients compare to merely existing essential oil
Why using essential oil?
Rich of healing properties; Essential oils have been used for thousands of years for their health, cosmetic, and emotionally uplifting properties. In aromatherapy essential oils can help enhance physical and mental health
Why price for pure essential oil product often higher then fragrance or fragrance mix essential oil product?
Pure Essential Oil Product: It is much more higher cost to produce a product fully scent by pure essential oil: It require huge quantity natural source. (for example,1000kg of Kaffir Lime to produce 4-5kg Kaffir Lime essential oil: 1000 kg of jasmine flowers to produce 1 kg of Jasmine essential oil);
The supply of natural ingredients depends on season and availability.
Fragrance Product: Synthetic fragrance ingredients are less expensive than natural ingredients, and can be created year-round
Fragrance Mix Essential oil Product: Even some products labeled 'Pure Essential oil" with existing of fragrance in the ingredient, Mostly those noticeable scent are come from fragrance
Limitation of Pure Essential Oil
Essential Oils are not standardized(Scent maybe Slightly different too) The chemistry of essential oil is influenced by the local geography and weather condition, as well as the season and time of day when the plants are harvested, how they are processed. and how they are packaged and stored.
Each plant is unique in its chemistry so essential oils are never exactly the same. This is different from fragrances that are synthetically reproduced to be identical everytime.
**Essential oils can be altered to achieve standardization (for example, a certain chemical that was found to be lower concentration in the whole oil in a particular batch can be added to make it the same percentage as previous batch).
The problem with standardized essential oil is that they are no longer natural, genuine and authentic.