Natural Fragrance Oil? YES!

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Fragrance Oils: Sometimes Synthetic

Fragrance oils, aromatic oils or perfume oils as they are sometimes called, are usually defined as synthetically manufactured scents specifically designed to mimic a naturally occurring scent. Fragrance oils in the past were exclusively manmade, synthetic chemical reproductions of our favorite fragrances found in nature. If you read pretty much any natural product blog about fragrance oils, you’ll immediately notice that they are quick to warn about the dangerous synthetic chemicals contained in fragrance oils. A 1986 report by the National Academy of Sciences noted that 95 percent of chemicals used in synthetic fragrances are derived from petroleum and include benzene derivatives, aldehydes, toluene, and many other known toxins.

Natural Fragrances on the Path to a Natural Origin

What’s changed? How can we achieve highly sought-after aromas such as blueberry, mango, and coconut without having to use petroleum or synthetic chemicals? This is the million dollar question that the world’s top perfume and flavor houses have been working on for decades. The good news–fractional distillation has proven to be the answer to achieving many of these fragrances. With fractional distillation, perfumers can create a wide range of fragrances that were previously out of reach to those who demanded less toxic chemicals. As demand for natural and organic fragrance and flavor oils grows, the more time and resources are dedicated to refining and perfecting this rather complicated process. Good news for those of us who prefer to lead a more natural life!

Natural Fragrance Oils

What is Fractional Distillation?

Put simply, fractional distillation is the process of separating chemical compounds. Each part of a compound (called an “isolate”) is separated from the other chemicals in the compound. Fractional distillation uses the different boiling points of each compound to separate or isolate the exact molecules that contain the scent desired. The mixture is heated so that each fraction evaporates and condenses into its own compartment. The process begins in the same way that it would if you were distilling an essential oil. Water and plant material are put into the still’s hopper and heated.

How Fractional Distillation Creates Natural Fragrance Oils

Unlike essential oil distillation, fractional distillation uses specific temperatures and times, even stopping the distillation process at certain points, in order to reach the boiling points of the desired compounds contained in the plant materials, isolate, and collect them. Of course, the hard work begins once these compounds are isolated and collected. Isolating and then combining different compounds from different plants to create Mango or Pear is an art in itself.

We are truly living in a wonderful time for natural and organic products. With increased demand, more attention is being given to creating natural solutions. Essential has been very cautious to steer clear of questionable fragrance oils. With fractional distillation, however, we are now able to offer a line of Natural Fragrance Oils. We use these in some of our favorite products, like the Mango Deep Conditioner, and hope you have fun adding these unique scents to your products!

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5 years ago

I love that you have natural fragrance oils. The blueberry one is devine!! When I formulate using the blueberry I love the aroma so much i just cant get enough of it, its so intoxicating!

5 years ago
Reply to  Terri

That is great news, Terri. Thank you so much for the compliment. I use our blueberry aloe jelly on my legs. I’m personally not as fond of the blueberry in micellar water as I am of the pear or lingonberry, but one of my girlfriends swears by the blueberry and is meh about the lingonberry. It just goes to prove how individual we all are. Can you tell us how you used the blueberry natural fragrance?

5 years ago

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! I have been waiting for 100% fragrance oils and had a hard time finding them. I have purchased some in the past but I am not crazy for the scents. I have a natural fragrance oil of Pina Colada but the smell is weak. I am excited to try the fragrance oils here! I love it! Finally! Yay!!!!

5 years ago
Reply to  Rosa

Thanks, Rosa! I love, love, love the Pear and how it smells in Micellar and in lotion. I haven’t used the mango, yet, but it smells like Hawaii and long summer walks on the beach followed by a frothy umbrella drink. Let us know how you like the ones we have and what other scents you’d like to see us carry.

5 years ago

Could you please clarify if these are compositions using natural isolates to create a particular scent, like blueberry, for example?

5 years ago


5 years ago

Do your fragrance oils contain Phthalates?

5 years ago

Has anyone made perfume with these oils? Did the scent last? I’m excited to try these in my body lotion and shampoo and conditioners plus want to try a perfume (not solid). Thank you!!

5 years ago

Thank you Teeneke for the clarification. I was unclear on what the process was and I do love the scent of the Pear. Now I want to try the Mango and Blueberry. I did make a roll on using the pear and it was great.

5 years ago

what is the shelf life of these Fragrance oils?

What is the sustainability of theses oils on the skin diluted at 10%?

5 years ago

can these oils be used in soy candles?

5 years ago
Reply to  KEMI

Hi Kemi, Thanks for letting us do some research. According to the manufacturer, the answer is “Yes.” They just can’t be used in anything near the mouth or something that could be ingested like toothpaste or mouthwash, lip balms, sticks etc. Enjoy your candle making!

4 years ago

Can these be used in Cold Process soaps?

1 year ago

Do you have a sampler set for the all natural fragrance oils? I’m doing my own perfume line and would like to try an array.

Reply to  Maggie

Hi Maggie, at this time we do not have a sampler set to try all the natural fragrance oils, but that’s a great idea. You’d have to add them individually to your cart. I hope you find the perfect mixture!

3 months ago

We make two products using 68% MCT Coconut Oil, 25% meadowfoam seed oil & 7% Essential Orange or 7% Bergamot depending on the fragrance/product we are making.

The product is used as a shaving oil. A friend said that it can cause major irritation in many people because of the essential oil we use. I have not experienced this as of yet but want to be safe. What percentage would you suggest? Is 7% way too much?

2 months ago
Reply to  John Najarian

Hi John,

I asked Teeneke and here is what she said:

Yes I think 7% is way too much but it may not be a problem if it is being rinsed off after shaving. I would look at IFRA and/or Robert Tisserand for safe usage rates of essential oils.