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Fragrance Oils vs Essential Oils: A Balanced Comparison

When it comes to scented candles, the scent's source can significantly impact the overall experience. Two of the most common types of oils used in candles are fragrance oils and essential oils. But what's the difference between the two, and does it matter which one is used in your candle? Let's explore.

Understanding Essential Oils

Essential oils are natural compounds extracted from plants, capturing the plant's scent, or "essence." They are often associated with potential therapeutic benefits and are appreciated for their natural origins. However, they come with certain considerations.

The scent of an essential oil can vary depending on numerous factors, including the plant's growing conditions and the extraction process. This variability can make it challenging to produce a candle with a consistent scent profile.

While essential oils are natural, they are highly concentrated and can cause allergic reactions or skin irritation in some people. There is a slight misconception that natural means safer but this is not the case. Some oils are incredibly potent and need to be handled and used very carefully. 

Lastly, the production of some essential oils can raise sustainability concerns. For instance, to extract sandalwood oil, an entire sandalwood tree must be felled, a species considered vulnerable in some areas.

Fragrance and Essential Oil Bottles

The Case for Fragrance Oils

Fragrance oils, which we use at Lakeland Lights Company, are synthetically made and can contain essential oils as part of their ingredients. We have found that for our use they offer several advantages.

Fragrance oils provide consistency. They can be made repeatedly to exacting specifications and this ensures a stable scent profile, allowing us to produce candles with a reliable aroma and often needing to use much less fragrance oil for an excellent throw than we would if we used essential oils.

Fragrance oils and their compositions can be tweaked more easily meaning they are less likely to cause allergic reactions or skin irritation, making them a suitable choice for people with sensitivities.

Fragrance oils are also sustainable. Their production does not require the extensive use of plant resources, making them a more environmentally friendly choice.

Lastly, fragrance oils offer excellent value for money. Their cost-effectiveness allows us to maintain our price freeze, ensuring our luxury scented soy candles remain affordable without compromising on quality.

At Lakeland Lights Company, we work with a leading fragrance oil supplier with a dedicated team of perfume experts. This partnership allows us to craft and create sustainable, high-quality fragrance oils for our candles, ensuring that each scent is as delightful and unique as the location it represents.

In Conclusion

While both essential oils and fragrance oils have their merits, we choose fragrance oils for their consistency, safety, sustainability, and value for money. At Lakeland Lights Company, we believe in delivering not just delightful scents, but also a responsible and enjoyable candle experience that respects your wallet and our planet.