I thought I'd try to address a common misconception when it comes to beard care products and how the scents are constructed. So what is the difference between essential oils and fragrance oils ?
Essential oils first off are 100% natural deriving from a natural source, either a plant, flower, fruit etc. They are put through a steam distillation process to extract the oil and in turn, this creates a scented liquid(oil).
Fragrance oils, on the other hand are synethetically produced to mimic a particular scent, usually comprising of artificial substances.
So what does this have to do with beard care?
Blending essential oils to create a particular scent is often likened to an art form. It is a lengthy process that takes time and a lot of patience, trust me I've had the pleasure of finding this out for myself. Not only do essential oils add scent to a product they also add many different beneficial properties to the end user. For example, Cedarwood EO a common EO found in many beard care products can help to stimulate hair follicles by increasing circulation. Another commonly used EO is peppermint which has many antiseptic properties and can help with things like inflammation. The list of EO and their benefits is literally endless.
So not only are you getting a great smelling product you're also getting an abundance of great benefits for your beard hair and skin.
Products scented with fragrance oils add little to no benefits to the end user other than providing a nice smelling product. That's why many small beard care manufacturers like myself opt for essential oils to create products with, as the beneficial properties of the EO coupled with the wonderful scents that can be created give the best end result for your facial fuzz.
I hope this has been a little insight into why many brands decide to use 100% natural ingredients and continue to create wonderful scents from essential oils. After all, the main purpose of beard care in the first place was only to maintain and nurture the beard hair and skin beneath.