Essential oils are extracted from various plants, flowers, stems, leaves etc in nature. Fragrance oils are synthetically made scents which sometimes will contain essential oils.
Not all essential oils are ethical. Scents like musk or ambergris come from animals and aren't always ethically sourced hence the use of a fragrance oil used instead. Ambergris has actually been illegal since 1970 as sperm whales became protected.
Fragrance oils are cheaper to make because there is less process involved but they don't hold the same qualities and benefits as essential oils. For example I would use apple fragrance oil but frankincense essential oil because frankincense has noted benefits whereas apple doesn't.
All of our upcoming pregnancy range is made from essential oils so you get the full benefit of nature.
Yes! I contacted many authorities on the subject matter over the past year and have learnt the following:
Unless your pet has a respiratory issue then S.W Botanical blends are safe for pets. You should never apply the oils to your pet's skin directly. Always use in a well ventilated room and of course if you suspect any irritation then turn off your diffuser immediately. The main area of concern is the oil droplets landing on to your cats skin and then in turn ingesting them as they groom, however the dilution % is so minimal that it should not cause any issues because all the oils used are pet safe.
If you are in doubt, use an oil burner rather then a diffuser.
None of our oils are designed to touch the skin and they should only be inhaled via a burner or dffuser. We will be launching a pregnancy specific range soon so keep and eye out for those. Kitchen Garden contains Oakmoss which is on a list of potential irritants.
Many experts suggest avoiding essential oils altogether during that critical first 13 weeks of pregnancy, as there’s some risk—however small—that they could cause uterine contractions that may adversely affect the baby. If you are unsure speak to a professional.