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    Default Essential Oil & Fragrance Oil

    So far I understand the differences between these 2 types of oils but do Perfumers create perfume using essential oil or fragrance oil?

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    Generally, a perfumer would not be using "fragrance oils" in a formulation. A perfumer does formulate with materials called "fragrance bases".

    Here is a list of some fragrance bases sold by Givaudan:
    http://ingredients.givaudan.com/givc.../Givco%20Bases

    The term "fragrance oil" sort of indicates that the product is a finished fragrance formulation intended to be sold as-is to the retail consumer (or perhaps added as-is to a candle or soap).
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    exactly! i have had questions about this myself. I went into "body Time" in Berkeley (the company whose name and concept was bought by the now owner of "body Shop", ut that's another story), and they had "perfume oils" and "essential oils." i wanted to make my own perfume from essential oils and use it to scent my own lotion, powder, etc., but was told the essential oils shouldn't be used directly on the skin, that i should only use perfume oils...never mind that i had made my own perfumes from essentials before - so it was confusing.

    i wanted to sample some undiluted iris for example, to find out what all the fuss is about, but they only had perfume oils and i knew i wasn't getting the 'real thing'. how on earth am i going to get access to the real ingedients without investing a mint?

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    Default Re: Essential Oil & Fragrance Oil

    i wanted to sample some undiluted iris for example,
    There is no such thing as an Iris Flower Essential oil, there is Orris Root Butter steam distilled from aged iris root. Eden Botanical is a good source for essential oils and absolutes, they have no minimum purchase, reasonable shipping and small sizes; Orris Root Butter is $2 for a tiny sample:
    http://www.edenbotanicals.com/essent...l#orris_butter
    Shipping is $4 for orders less than $40.

    For small quantities of fragrance chemicals go to:
    http://www.perfumersapprentice.com/perfumersworkshop/
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    ... was told the essential oils shouldn't be used directly on the skin ...
    This statement is not entirely incorrect. As a very general rule, _undiluted_ essential oils should not be applied to the skin as this may cause irritation or sensitization.
    Last edited by dcampen; 10th October 2007 at 04:53 PM. Reason: Automerged Doublepost
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    Default Re: Essential Oil & Fragrance Oil

    As far as I understand, because of the possible toxicity of certain concentrations of essential oils on the skin, and also for reasons of cost and uniformity of concentration, synthetic perfume oils are more widely used in the formulation of most comercially maketed fragrances. There are some "artisan" perfumers that claim to use organically derived essences for the formulation of their fragrances but, for the most part, any fragrance your likely to find on the retail market is formulated using synthetic fragrance bases. It is the subject of hot debate whether synthetic bases are as deep and rich as organic essences and also if they present hazzards as bad or worse than some essential oils do. But, by and large, it is acknowledged that synthetics, in general are more economical and chemically stable (maintain a fixed scent) over time.

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    Default Re: Essential Oil & Fragrance Oil

    Quote Originally Posted by dcampen View Post
    For small quantities of fragrance chemicals go to:
    http://www.perfumersapprentice.com/perfumersworkshop/
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    Actually Linda of the perfumers apprentice carries also some naturals of very fine quality.

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    http://naturalperfume.blogspot.com

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    Default Re: Essential Oil & Fragrance Oil

    As far as I understand, ... , synthetic perfume oils are more widely used in the formulation of most comercially maketed fragrances.
    Well, except that the term "perfume oil" sort of denotes a product formulated for use by the hobby or retail end user - either for scenting candles and soaps or as a non-alcoholic fragrance for personal use.

    A perfumer working on commercial products would use "aroma chemicals" or "fragrance chemicals" and "fragrance bases" but not "perfume oils". For example see the Givaudan catalog of fragrance ingredients; they have "fragrance chemicals" and "fragrance bases" but no "perfume oils":
    http://ingredients.givaudan.com/givc...rance/Products
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    Default Re: Essential Oil & Fragrance Oil

    Essential oils are made from natural sources and all you have to do to use them on your skin is to dilute with some oil, like jojoba, if you're not putting them in a blend or product of some kind, like perfume, lotion or soap.

    Fragrance oils can be made with synthetic or unnatural notes. These two products are not necessarily interchangable and whoever said you can only use fragrance oils on your skin doesn't know what he's talking about.
    Last edited by beachroses; 30th October 2007 at 01:40 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dcampen View Post

    Here is a list of some fragrance bases sold by Givaudan:
    http://ingredients.givaudan.com/givc.../Givco%20Bases
    Thanks for this information about Givaudan !!!

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