All Natural Fragrance Oil vs Natural Essential Oils
Years ago I was walking around a local outdoor festival, and a gentleman called out to me "we have natural beard oils, come take a look." I wasn't very familiar with beard oils, but the idea of scenting my beard was intriguing. I smelled a few of the oil samples, and found one that was to my liking. The bottle said "Natural Scents." Well, I guess I can't go wrong with nature.... The name of the oil was "Dragon Slayer," or "Dragon Fire," something about dragons. That should have been my first clue that something was amiss. The real clue should have been that even though the label said "Natural Scents," the oil didn't smell like anything that I'd smelled before in nature, or at home, or anywhere.
Without thinking much of if, I purchased the oil. I put some on, it smelled nice. I went to bed that night, and woke up the next day and it still smelled nice. My pillow also smelled nice. In fact, the oil didn't lose any scent strength over night. I immediately jumped in the shower and washed my beard.
How could a beard oil that said it was "all natural" produce such an unnatural result? Enter the people wearing lab coats.
According to Chagrin Valley Soap & Salve Co. "Typical Fragrance Oils are made in a laboratory from synthetic compounds and composed almost entirely of petroleum by-products such as benzene derivatives, aldehydes, toluene, and other known toxic chemicals." That sounds fun!
The other type of fragrance oils, often called "Natural Fragrance Oils" are created by isolating components from the original plant based scent. Some essential oils have a complex makeup of hundreds of individual components. Fragrance oils isolate the main scent bearing component, and strip away the remaining natural elements of the oils.
Why would a company use lab created scents when there are natural essential oils readily available that can be used in their place?
We're guessing the reason is.... PRICE! Some companies go as far as marketing a lab created scent with the name of an essential oil, that may or may not contain any of the essential oil itself. The cost to use the real essential oil may be 50-100X's more expensive than using a "fragrance oil." What's the real problem with this? Most often the consumer is still paying the same price for "fragrance oil" products as they would be for essential oil based products. I know I was.
Would you pay the same amount of money for imitation leather that you pay for genuine leather? We'd hope not. If it doesn't say "essential oils" odds are it was made by a scientist, not Mother Nature.
Fatwood Beard Company uses real essential oils in our handmade beard oils and beard balms. We wouldn't do it any other way. That's why we say we offer the best ingredients at the best prices!
If you're new to beard oils and beard balms, you can start out by trying one of our sample packs by clicking HERE. Don't worry, you won't have to immediately wash your pillow cases the next day!