Essential Oils vs. Perfumes

Essential Oils vs. Perfumes

Hello and welcome to Wholesaving! You might have noticed that 95% of the products we sell are essential oils. Essential oils are plant-derived oils often obtained by steam distillation or cold pressing of various plant parts. Wholesaving essential oils also do not contain any carrier oils i.e oils that dilute the essential oil for application onto the skin. This means they are 100% pure oils and are therefore very potent. 


Essential oils are different to what some product ingredients referred to as "perfumes" or "fragrances". Fragrance oils or perfumes can be either synthetic or natural, but both types are produced in laboratories. The difference between them is that "natural" perfumes are produced by isolating natural aromatic compounds from a complex scent (so the derivatives could be termed as natural but the perfume is still manufactured in the laboratory). In synthetic perfumes, the derivative of the scent is also one or more chemicals manufactured in a lab i.e not derived from naturally occurring aromatics. 


Furthermore, trade-secret laws allow listing "perfume" or "fragrance" as an ingredient to divulge the specific chemicals used to create an artificial scent. Most of these perfumes, in fact, contain petroleum-based chemicals called phthalates. Unfortunately, these phthalates have been previously implicated in endocrine disruption and developmental disorders, according to current research. What isn't clear, however, is how much phthalate exposure leads to such adverse effects. 


Essential oils, on the other hand, are guaranteed to be 100% natural. They also retain many properties their parent plant posses such as antioxidant properties due to the presence of natural reserves of vitamins.


Finally, essential oils offer creativity in the type of aroma you want to produce. Combining different essential oils with different aromas and different notes in different quantities can produce a bespoke scent profile, unique to your taste.