Learn about Fragrance Oils
When you get into the world of fragrances, it can get a bit overwhelming to face with so many options. Here, you will find everything you need to know about Fragrance Oils & how to use them.
Fragrance oil is a man-made aromatic formulation created to fulfill a desired aromatic purpose. Fragrance oil compositions are usually made from synthetic aroma chemicals & natural aroma ingredients such as resins, extracts and essential oils.
Fragrance oils can be used in various product applications, listed below are a few ways where fragrance oils are used
- In aroma diffusers (Ultrasonic, Electric, Ceramic)
- In a Home fragrance spray or air freshener
- In creating scented candles
- As a car fragrance
- In Potpourri, Reed Diffusers, artificial flowers
- In Household cleaning applications
- Soak a cotton ball & leave it diffuse in a cupboard or in areas of your house that can benefit from fresh fragrance, such as shoe racks, garbage bags etc.
- At your place of worship, meditation rooms, work out rooms etc
- In DIY Soaps etc.
Fragrance compositions are made in a laboratory, by perfumers or fragrance designers, to achieve a desired aroma profile. With Fragrance oils, we get the power to creation limitless variations of different aromas by grouping and mixing them with each other.
Virtually all fragrances, natural or manmade, in an environment can be imitated in a laboratory, and there are limitless variations of oil groupings that can synthetically produce each of these countless scents.
It depends entirely on the oil composition, but they can actually be both, natural and synthetic. You may find fragrance oils that 100 % synthetic. There are fragrance oils made with some natural essential oils and there are some fragrances that are made with 100% natural ingredients.
When stored properly, fragrance oils can have a shelf life of up to 18 to 24 months. You should always review the oil pack date mentioned on the bottle or the outer pack before use. The aromatic ingredients that make up the fragrance oils are fragile and can oxidize if exposed to oxygen for prolonged periods of time. Hence It is advised to:
- Keep the oils in a dark place and out of direct sunlight.
- Always store the oils in a place that is kept cool and dry.
- Keep the bottle caps sealed whenever they are not in use.
- Take precaution to not over tighten the caps.
Fragrance oils are created to perform well in a specific product application. Hence depending on the requirement, fragrance designers make necessary changes in the fragrance composition so as to achieve optimal product performance.
For example, you can find easily find a sandalwood fragrance in the market, but at the time of purchase the fragrance seller may ask you for your desired application of use.
What you must know here is that a sandalwood fragrance that is optimized to work in a diffuser, may differ from a sandalwood fragrance composition, made specifically for use a cosmetic application.
Fragrance oils are lab made aromatic formulations created to fulfill a specific purpose, whereas Essential oils are natural products extracted directly from plant sources via distillation/Solvent or CO2 Extraction.
Fragrance oils are a mix of ingredients that unfold over time with an instant top note, deeper middle note and an ending base note.
- Top notes are the aromas that can be immediately perceived upon application. Top notes mainly consist of small, lightweight aromatic molecules that have a sharp scent and evaporate quickly. These top notes form an initial impression of the fragrance. The most common examples of top notes are citrus notes such as orange & lemon.
- Middle notes in a fragrance are the aromas that emerge, when the top notes start to fade. The most common examples of middle notes are rose & lavender.
- Base notes are the aromas that appear at last & are noticeable for the longest duration of time. The emerge in the fragrance oil when the middle notes start to fade. Base notes consist of large, heavy aroma molecules that evaporate slowly. Base notes provide the depth and the body to the scent. Most commonly known example of a base note is musk.
The ultrasonic diffuser does not heat the oils hence fragrance oil with lighter viscosity such as Jasmine, Lemongrass, Lemon, Citronella, Lavender, Ylang Ylang are appropriate for use. Ultrasonic diffuser units are not designed to be used with thicker & heavier oils hence oils like Sandalwood, Vetiver & Patchouli wont work well in them. If you wish to diffuse heavier or more viscous oils then you should use a ceramic or electric oil burner.
- Fragrance oils are flammable liquids and should be kept away from naked flames, fire and other heat sources. Do not smoke around them.
- Keep away from children & pets. Fragrance oils can be toxic if swallowed so it is important to keep them away from children and pets, especially if they smell like delicious food items.
- Not for internal use hence do not drink fragrance oils or eat any product that contains fragrance oils
- Avoid direct contact with the skin and eyes.
- Consider wearing protective gloves and appropriate eye wear before use.
- Do not apply directly on skin.
Fragrance Oils are concentrated aromatic compound that can act as an irritant to the skin, hence they shouldn’t be applied directly to the skin.