Should I Use Fragrance Oil or Essential Oil?

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Essential oils are all the rage right now, but using oils and resins for medicinal, fragrance and household purposes has been around for centuries. In fact, the ancient Egyptians used myrrh, cedar, jasmine, lotus, cinnamon and frankincense resins in mummification, perfumes, rituals, and cosmetics nearly 2,000 years ago.

Essential oils are natural and used for their therapeutic benefits. Fragrance oils get a bad rap because they are manufactured scents made to mimic the natural world and have no therapeutic value (I’ve had boyfriends like this). Anyway, before screaming TOXIC at me, let me say they are a cost effective way to wear scents. “OMG! Did she just say ‘WEAR’?!” Yes, I did. Now, I’m not telling you to rub Glade Plug-In juice all over your body, but just like anything manufactured, a little goes a long way. It’s really important to make sure the fragrance oils you apply are skin-safe and non-toxic.

Both types of oils come in many forms: glass roll-on applicator, glass dropper bottle, glass bottle, and glass sample bottles. I purchase fragrance oils primarily from Naturals By Nana on Etsy in a .3 oz roll-on glass bottle with a twist off cap. I order essential oils from Doterra* and Young Living*. You can also purchase quality essential oils at local natural food stores and, believe it or not, some retail stores. Even Amazon has a great variety of essential oils and fragrance oils. I highly recommend the smaller retailers, especially Nana’s (she carries over 60 essential oils too).

Here are some of the oils I use:

  • “Believe” essential oil blend by Young Living: I use this at bath time in my essential oil burner. This oil blend is the perfect mix of heavenly Idaho blue spruce and fir mixed with the earthy frankincense and flowers geranium and ylang ylang. It helps me relax if I want to meditate or do spiritual stuff.
  • Myrrh Premium Fragrance Oil from Natural’s By Nana: This is a fragrance oil in a glass roll on tube. I wear this daily. It is light and earthy-perfectly pairing with Egyptian Sandalwood Premium Fragrance Oil from Naturals by Nana. I mix the two and get a really nice fragrance that is subtle enough to wear to work. The ancient Egyptians loved using myrhh and sandalwood in their fragrances. You know what they say . . . If it ain’t broken (after 2,000 years), don’t fix it!
  • Nag Champa Premium Fragrance Oil from Natural’s by Nana: Nag Champa where have you been all my life? I am in love with this fragrance oil from Nana’s in a glass roll on tube. This one has a light, sweet floral aroma that reminds me of my favorite record store.
  • Lavender essential oil from Young Living and Doterra: Lavender is a very clean and calming aromatherapy oil with a slight citrus note. This is my go-to oil for bath time and for adding to my Epsom salt mix. Put a couple drops on your feet before you crawl into bed at night for extra relaxation!
  • Lemon and Lime essential oil from Doterra: These two are great to add to cleaning products and even bath products. Add lemon essential oil to dish soap for some aromatherapy while washing dishes. Food grade lime oil is great to add to water, but only add one drop or less, as the concentration of essential oils can be hard for the liver and kidney to process.
  • Peppermint essential oil from Doterra: This essential oil is a great flavoring for homemade toothpaste!  All you need is coconut oil, baking soda, essential oil and a little stevia. I love this recipe! It’s easy and inexpensive. You can purchase refillable toothpaste tubes online or just use a small mason jar. (I get by just fine with the mason jar.)
  • Melaleuca (tea tree oil) essential oil from Doterra: Malaleuca is a great essential oil for skin conditions like eczema or acne. I add a few drops to my lotion to add a little Australian plant power to my routine and it softens the rough spots and calms any itching. For those about to itch . . . we malaleuca you.

So there you have it: I do use both essential oils and fragrance oils. If you can afford, or prefer, 100% natural go the essential oil route. If you just want a signature fragrance and don’t want to buy a large concentrated amount of several different scents, try fragrance oil.


*Doterra and *Young Living are Multi-Level Marketing Companies that require a sales representative to place your order-kinda like Avon. Find a representative in your area and help them make some sales! Or just buy directly from Nana.

Heavy Sigh + Disclaimer: The information contained in this blog entry about essential oils is not meant to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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