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Technical Section

This section contains the MSDS sheets, Analysis sheets and more.  Plus information about our products and the cosmetic world.

Fragrance Oils or Essential Oils?

Monday, 2 January 2017 11:36

What's the Difference?

Fragrance Oils are manufactured oils.  They can contain essential oils and many fragrance oils such as Orange and Lemon do.  However, they will also contain synthetic ingredients to produce delicious fragrances such as Christmas Spice or Seaweed and Juniper or even Chocolate Orange.  They are man made in a factory and while they may contain some natural ingredients they cannot boast a claim as being a "natural product."

Essential oils are pure and natural oils that are usually obtained by distillation from the originating plant.  Many are available, all with different prices and all with different properties.

Both our fragrance and essential oils are concentrated and so should not be applied undiluted directly to the skin.

As to which oil to use - it is all a matter of personal preference.

Fragrance Oils will produce a huge range of different scents.  Whereas Essential Oils may have other therapeutic benefits.

Remember that if you are using Essential Oils to check that they are suitable for your application.  Some oils for example have a limit to their usage in cosmetics.

Cosmetic Fragrance Oils - IFRA statement

Wednesday, 18 January 2017 09:46

What is IFRA?  This stands for the International Fragrance Association.  This is an industry body that represents the fragrance industry worldwide.  It issues standards and guidelines that ensure that fragrances that we use are safe.

Our suppliers conform to IFRA guidelines assuring you that all industry guidelines and safety standards are met.

An IFRA Certificate of Conformity is usually required for your Safety Assessment  for each individual fragrance oil.  Check the product description or contact us if you need a specific statement.

On the Certificate will be the maximum limits that are allowed for different types of finished products.  We suggest you read these to make sure you are within the limits.

Fragrance Oils - will they discolour my soaps?

Monday, 2 January 2017 10:50

As you may know already, Fragrance oils are a mixture of natural and synthetic ingredients.  With these combinations manufacturers are able to produce amazing scents such as dark chocolate, baby powder and many more.

But there can be an ingredient in there that does a bit more than give your product a lovely smell and actually discolour the soap.

It goes by the name of Vanillin - this is a common ingredient in many fragrances which has the side effect of turning soaps brown over time.  You won't notice anything to start with, but in a few days the soap will take on a lovely shade of light brown and can go even darker.  It can happen in both cold process and melt and pour soap bases too.

To make it easy for you, our aim is to stock vanillin free fragrances so that you don't come up against this issue.  So you will see that our Vanilla Cream and Coconut fragrance oils are non discolouring.  Where we are 100% sure of a vanillin free fragrance we do put it in the fragrance description.

However, sometimes when we do have a fragrance that has vanillin in it and we will put it on the website.  eg Vanilla, Sandalwood & Patchouli fragrance oil does have a small amount of vanillin in it and so we like to tell you so you can take a view.

Using a fragrance containing vanillin isn't a problem - but if you're not aware of how it can discolour your soaps you may be in for a surprise.

But if you're not sure - just send us an email and we'll get a definite answer for you.

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