Fragrance oils vs Essential oils in henna paste for aroma

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Posted by Maureen on October 19, 2002 at 12:46:28:

I don't mix essential oils in my henna paste because personally, I
like the smell of the paste with cajeput or terpineol in it. But I
mixed two batches of with essential oil and one with a
fragrance oil to see if I could find a reason other than preference
for using one rather than the other. I was not using either as a
terp to see if the stain was effected. I found that of course both
changed the smell of the paste. The fragrance oil had the potential
to make the paste too oily. But since I only used a few drops, that
wasn't a problem.

Because the fragrance oils are far less expensive than essential
oils, is there a reason other than preference for why essential oils
would be better to use in the henna paste than the fragrance oils. I
tried this primarily because of the cost of frankincense, myrrh, and
cardemom essential oils in particular.

Also, some of the posts below about the caution that must be taken
with some essential oils related to sun exposure, I wonder if a
fragrance oil like lemon or orange might not be safer to use when one
is only trying to alter the aroma of the paste as oppose to impact
the stain.

My thoughts after just trying the one is that they could be used
interchangably...with the fragrance oil having the advantage of being
less expensive and the essential oil having the advantage not having
the carrier oil in it and making the paste more oily. The fragrance
oil would also need to not have a nut-based carrier oil if used for
the public. Other than that though, and more because the fragrance
oils are much less expensive than essential oils, I am wondering if
there is a "reason" the fragrance oils should not be used.



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