Questions and Answers about Fragrance Oils

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Questions and Answers about Fragrance Oils


There is always more to learn about fragrance oils and what makes an aroma. It is especially important as most products such as soaps, lotions, and candles contain various fragrances. Thus, follow along below to learn more about P&J oils and the answers to top fragrance questions! 



A fragrance oil is a manufactured product designed to mimic the aromatic properties of the item its named after. P&J Premium Grade Fragrance oils are highly concentrated, enhanced formulations designed by master perfumers with more than 30 years in the industry. Their IFRA certifications ensure that our fragrance oils meet the Premium Grade standards and are the best quality oils available on the market.




Our entire line of fragrance oils are Premium Grade, also known as Cosmetic Grade, which means they were formulated for, and deemed safe for use in topical applications per FDA and IFRA guidelines and standards. Additionally, all the aroma compounds used in premium grade fragrance oil manufacturing are rigorously tested and approved by the FDA for this usage. Our line is also phthalate, paraben, and acetone free. Though you can use our oils for diffusion, they are actually made specifically for cosmetic applications like soaps, lotions, bath bombs, perfumery, and hair products.

That being said, like with any new product, we suggest performing a small patch test prior to regular use to ensure you’ll have no natural sensitivity to the product. To patch test, simply rub 1 drop of oil into the sensitive skin in the crook or bend of your arm. If no irritation occurs, you should be fine to proceed with use!



Fragrance oils in general are made up of a mixture of over 100 natural and synthetic ingredients specifically engineered for varying purposes (e.g., burning oil has a high alcohol content whereas premium quality is designed to be skin safe, and has little to no alcohol content). The exact ingredients as well as manufacturing procedures are considered "trade secrets"-just like perfumes- and are protected by the FDA so we are sadly unable to go into much detail regarding specifics.

However, we can identify the staple ingredients approved by the IFRA for use in fragrance oil manufacturing! These ingredients consist of; plant-based carrier oils and essential oils; Aldehydes; Esters; and some variation of amines, ethers, ketones, lactones, terpenes and thiones. The above ingredients can be simplified in that fragrance oil manufacturing includes essential oils, aroma chemicals, and aromatic resins. Of these three types of ingredients, there are several layers of ingredients used to create the finished oil. Due to the amount of engineering involved in designing a scent, it is treated similarly to a commercial recipe in that the exact ingredients and percentages are protected and cannot be disclosed.



Per the IFRA guidelines, there are three grades of  aromas produced for today’s fragrance market – Burning Grade, Manufacturers Grade, and Premium Grade.

  • Burning Grade is the lowest quality and should only be used in candle formulations or diffusion.
  • Manufacturers Grade can be used when heavily diluted, such as in laundry detergent and cleaning supplies.
  • Premium Grade is thoroughly tested and meets all qualification standards for use in all skin and body care applications as well as direct topical use.

All P&J Trading Fragrance Oils are classified as Premium Grade, and therefore completely safe to use in all applications for which oils are suited.



Phthalates are chemicals designed to soften plastic and can damage certain parts of our bodies like the lungs or kidneys. Parabens are known to disrupt hormones in the body and harm reproductive organs. Thankfully, our entire line of premium fragrances are completely phthalate and paraben free. As our oils are composed primarily of aroma chemicals, aroma compounds, and some essential oils, which we specifically engineered as phthalate free.



Fragrance oils have so many uses! They are one of the most versatile oils available on the market. 

Our premium grade fragrance oils can be used in but limited to:


Sometimes known as bath ‘fizzies’, bath bombs are a simple but luxurious bath indulgence that can literally change your entire life after a hard day or any day really. When you add a bath bomb to your bath water, it will fizz and create a soak in your tub that is moisturizing to your skin. Using fragrance oils with a bath bomb will enable you to add a custom scent to your bath time.


Aromatic candles are a very common decoration and can be used to create a more welcoming environment for your home. Using fragrance oils with your candles can make a difference to the feel of your home.


Want to set a mood or evoke a special feeling? Using a simple fragrance oil diffuser can be a wonderful way to uplift or change the environment. You can choose from our range of unique scents to match the season or theme you want to create.


If you want to create a specific scent for your fresh laundry, then adding a small amount of fragrance oil to the wash, or to the dryer cycle can make a difference. Try some fresh seasonal fragrances to add warmth or freshness to your clean clothes.


Want to add a unique aspect to your perfume? You can safely use premium grade fragrance oils to help you to customize your personal perfume.


Leave an impression beyond the written word with a unique fragrance that lingers on the paper. Adding a few drops of a premium grade fragrance oil makes your stationery more unique and memorable.

Feel free to message us on Instagram @pandjtrading if you have any more fragrance questions and we would be happy to discuss more answers!

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