Essential vs. Botanical Oils


Our devout 5 readers consistently ask us the same question – what is the difference between essential oils and botanical oils? Two schools of thought that range from minimalist in materials and a maximalist in thought. An essential oil is a highly concentrated and volatile substance extracted from plants, which are called aromatic herbs or aromatic plants. The term essential indicates that the oil carries the distinctive scent (essence) of the plant. Most commonly, the essence is extracted from the plant using a technique called steam distillation. Essential oils are known to:

  • Soothe inflamed or irritated skin
  • Reduce skin blotchiness for a more even look
  • Relieve stress and maintain emotional balance absorbed

Botanical oils are oils obtained from plants that are fatty, dense and non-volatile. These oils are extracted from the root, stem/bark, leaves, flowers, seeds or fruits of a particular plant, tree or shrub, usually cold pressed or extracted by heat. Most contain nutritious proteins, minerals and vitamins. Botanical oils are:

  • Lightweight with superior penetrating qualities
  • Non-toxic and/or non-irritant, thus suitable for sensitive skin
  • Highly resistant to oxidation
  • Either way, beauty oils the civilized way to moisturize.