One of the most common questions is whether you can use fragrance oil in a reed diffuser instead of essential oils. The answer is no. Did you know that fragrance oils are an entirely different product from essential oils? While essential oils are used in aromatherapy, fragrance oils do not have these properties. Instead, they are designed to smell nice. As well as this, fragrance oils cannot be used for purposes other than scenting, for example, cleaning.
Not to mention that, unlike essential oil diffusers, your health has no benefits. Another main reason you shouldn’t use fragrance oil in a diffuser is that it contains synthetic parabens and solvents. These have been associated with endocrine disruption and reproductive toxicity, so they should be avoided as much as possible.
Fragrance oils are an entirely different product from essential oils
While essential oils are used in aromatherapy, fragrance oils do not have these properties. Instead, they are designed to smell nice.
Essential oils are made from the aromatic parts of plants and flowers. These can be distilled or steamed from lavender, peppermint, and tea tree plants. They can also be extracted from some seeds and bark using solvents like hexane or alcohols like vodka. Essential oil is highly concentrated, making it difficult for them to be absorbed through the skin, so they tend to be used externally only (on your pillowcases or clothes).
Fragrance oils are made through distillation, but the base ingredients don’t contain any plant matter; instead, they use synthetic chemicals that imitate natural scents.
Reasons You Shouldn’t Use Fragrance Oil in a Diffuser
- Essential oils have several health benefits and are more expensive than fragrances.
- Fragrance oil contains synthetic ingredients called parabens and solvents. These have been associated with endocrine disruption and reproductive toxicity, so they should be avoided as much as possible.
- Parabens mimic estrogen, the female sex hormone that regulates everything from growth to weight management and mood swings. The effects of these synthetic compounds on humans aren’t fully understood yet, but research has shown that they can lead to neurotoxicity or endocrine disruption in animals.
- Solvents are often used in fragrances because they help dilute the other ingredients so that their scent is not too strong for humans who don’t want our noses overwhelmed by powerful scents! However, solvents such as benzene and toluene have been linked with cancerous tumors when inhaled over long periods.
Essential oils vs. Fragrance oil
It would be best to remember that fragrance oils produce more scent than essential oils when used in a diffuser. Because of this, the scent will be overpowering and generally unpleasant. This is the last thing you want in the room you spend most of your time!
Essential oils are pure essential oils extracted from plant sources. They have no additives or fragrances added to them and are considered safe for most people (they should be used cautiously if pregnant or breastfeeding). When using an essential oil, it’s important to use only one drop at a time not to overstimulate your senses with too much smell. This can lead to headaches or nausea if done incorrectly!
Fragrance oil is often synthetic rather than derived from plants (though some companies claim otherwise). The fragrance is created by mixing various chemicals until it smells like something else we’re familiar with – such as strawberries! Because these aren’t natural scents made by living things like plants, they tend not to smell very authentic when compartments their “real” counterparts – but they provide more bang for your buck since they come pre-bottled and ready for use, making them easier on our wallets overall!
We hope this article has helped you understand why fragrance oils should not be used in reed diffusers.
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