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What is the difference between fragrance oil and essential oil?

Essential oils

 

Essential oils are made from plants and other natural products which are distilled to produce the oil. Essential oils are completely natural, but also normally more expensive, and not available for most fragrances. Designer named fragrance oils are never essential oils. You can have a Barack Obama fragrance oil, but there is no such thing as a Barack Obama essential oil.

 

Fragrance oils

 

Fragrance oils are used to make perfumes, cosmetics, and flavorings. These will normally smell just as powerful as essential oils. They can be made to almost any fragrance, not just nature scents, and their cost is normally much lower than the essential oils. These give you more options, and a lot more for your money.