What are Fragrance Oils
How are they made?
What are Essential Oils
How they are extracted?

We are molded from early childhood that scents have to be bold, powerful and sometimes overwhelming for it to actually be a fragrance, a perfume or to be clean.


 Most of the time, those fragrances are so far from the natural scent of the items that they are named after that when we smell the "real deal" it doesn't smell as appealing.  Take for instance the scent of coconut. Instantly you think of the beach and sunscreen right?  The smell of coconut in most products is very pleasant and reminescent of fun summer days.  Have you ever cracked open a real cocount and took a good sniff?  It doesn't smell anything like that of suntan lotion or a famous beauty box store item. The smell of a freshly cut coconut is not overly sweet as the fragrance world has led us to believe.  It is faint, clean and slightly milky. Truly a huge difference. 


Want proof?  If you have the means when you go to the market, purchase a fresh coconut and give the experiment a try.  You will be surprised PLUS as a bonus have fresh yummy coconut to eat!


At Masquerade Market, we prefer to use organic essential oils and for the scents to be distilled from the actual herb, flower, plant or spice.  When I list on the label that it's "Lavendar" it's organic Lavendar Essential Oil not a fragrance oil made in a lab to smell like lavendar. 


I am not knocking Fragrance Oils because we do on occassion use them to scent an item but it's not that common. We try to stay as natural to nature as possible and stand true to our motto:

"Inspired by Nature, Made with Love"




Making Sense of Scents

Essential oils are all natural plant essences. They can be derived from the plant material by several methods such as steam distillation. Steam distillation is done with a still. Pressurized steam is forced through the plant matter. The steam then passes through to a cooling chamber, where the steam is converted back to water. The essential oils from the plant are then skimmed off the surface of the water.


CO2 extraction is where liquid carbon dioxide is used to extract the oils. It is similar to the steam distillation in that pressure is used to extract the oils. When the carbon dioxide is allowed to return to its gas state, the essential oil is separated out and collected.


Cold pressed is the process by which the plant material is physically pressed until the essential oil is extracted. Citrus essential oils are commonly processed this way, as the peels are full of essential oils.


Fragrance oils are a mixture of aroma chemicals. The mix can either be part artificial and part synthetic, or all synthetic. It just depends on the type of fragrance oil.


Fragrance oils are not perfume oils; they are aroma chemicals which are not diluted and like essential oils, should not be placed directly on the skin. They need to be diluted into the final product.


There are some scents for which no essential oil is available (such as banana) or the essential oil is much too costly or environmentally irresponsible to use (such as sandalwood or rosewood). This is where fragrance oils come in. 

Fragrance oils are usually very complex and can contain hundreds of aroma chemicals. 

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