– Making all natural soap has many decision-making steps before you ever begin, including how you are going to scent your soap. The two most common practices when it comes to scenting soap is either using essential oils or designer fragrances. At Sunshine Valley Soap Company, we only use natural oils to scent our soap, but we thought it might be important to share the differences between scenting soap with essential oils verses designer fragrances.
First, let’s talk about essential oils. They are concentrated plant extracts that are obtained through distillation, expression or cold pressing, and are derived from different parts of the plant such as the leaves, flowers, fruit or bark. Essential oils are highly concentrated and are known for their unique and natural scent. When used in soap making, these oils can provide a natural and refreshing aroma that is perfect for those who are looking for a more natural and organic option.
Designer fragrances are synthetic scents that are designed to mimic the smell of natural fragrances. They are often created by blending together different chemicals and compounds to create a specific scent. Designer fragrances are often used in soap making because they are more affordable and more readily available than natural oils. One of the largest benefits is that they can provide a wide range of scents that are not naturally available in essential oils, such as the smell of a specific fruit or flower.
When it comes to scenting soap, one of the main differences between essential oils and designer fragrances is the quality of the scent. Essential oils are known for their natural and authentic scent, while designer fragrances are known for their synthetic and artificial scent. Essential oils are also known for their therapeutic benefits and are often used in aromatherapy for their ability to promote physical and emotional wellness. Designer fragrances, on the other hand, do not offer any therapeutic benefits and are used solely for their scent.
Another key difference between these choices is their safety. Essential oils are considered safe for use in soap making as long as they are used in the correct proportions. They are also considered safe for use on the skin and have been used for centuries in traditional medicine. Designer fragrances, on the other hand, can contain chemicals that can be harmful to the skin and body. One of the largest downfalls is that some designer fragrances have been linked to skin irritation, allergies, and other health problems.
In terms of cost, natural oils are typically more expensive than designer fragrances. This is because they are derived from natural sources and require a lot of plant material to produce. Designer fragrances, on the other hand, are relatively cheap to produce as they are made from synthetic compounds.
In conclusion, when it comes to scenting all natural soap, both essential oils and designer fragrances have their pros and cons. Essential oils are known for their natural and authentic scent, therapeutic benefits and safety, while designer fragrances offer a wide range of scents, affordability and availability. At Sunshine Valley Soap Company, we value creating healthy lifestyles and, therefore, will not consider synthetic fragrances in any of our natural soap, our goat milk soap, or our organic soap. Our customers want only the best and we want only the best for them.
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