Both my parents and nan have peonies in their gardens. I love the smell of this exquisite flower in the summer and recently thought I’d pick up some peony essential oil. If you are also looking for peony essential oil I can help out by telling you right away there isn’t any.
Why? Because only certain plants, flowers, and herbs can be put through the distillation process needed to extract essential oils and retain their therapeutic and medicinal properties. Peonies are not one such flower, and despite lots of products being sold as essential oils, they are in fact fragrance oils.
Fragrance oils are still really useful and can provide the scent of a flower you’re looking for. You have to be careful with the brand and product you’re using however. As unlike essential oils that are pure, fragrance oils are chemically enhanced and can vary in quality.
Peony Fragrance Oil
Understanding the Difference between Fragrance Oils and Essential Oils
As I mentioned earlier, there is a difference between essential oils and fragrance oils. This is often misunderstood, and a lot of manufacturers make it difficult to tell the difference because they want to market their products as ‘natural’.
The main difference is that essential oils contain natural properties from the source plant and you can absorb the benefits the plant has to offer through inhaling, massaging, or sometimes ingesting the oils.
The main benefits of fragrance oils is that the are typically less expensive, you’re far less likely to be allergic to them, and as they are manufactured to replicate the scent as closely as possible.
Peony Fragrance Oil Benefits and Uses
Even if you don’t have fond memories attached to the peony flower like I do, I recommend picking up some of this fragrance oil and smelling it. It’s a really pleasant scent, very romantic and calming.
Here are some uses for this fragrance oil and some fun and cool ideas for scented homemade products:
Homemade Scented Soap
I made some soap for the first time this year. I used peach fragrance oil and was very pleased with the results, as was anyone else who used my soap I may add!
I’m going to make some with peony fragrance oil next time for sure. I might even make a few bars as Christmas gifts actually, it’s not long now from the time of writing this for Christmas. Homemade products of any kind make unique and fun gifts.
Check this short video for an easy way to make homemade soap!
Making Peony Fragrance Potpourri
Potpourri is rising in popularity again, and it’s so easy to make your own or just add a new scent to some you already have that’s lost its scent. Try adding a few drops of peony oil to give your home a lovely, fresh, floral scent.
Making Scented Candles
If you haven’t made scented candles before, you should try it. It’s a lot easier than you probably think, and I covered how to make scented candles with essential and fragrance oils in this post.
Adding the Peony Scent to Lotions
Pick up some unscented lotion and add a couple of drops of peony oil to the bottle. If you like the scent you will love it massaged into your skin.
Peony Fragrance Oil Blends Well With
If you want to make a blend with other oils, some of the fragrances that work well with peony include the following:
- And most other floral scents.
Set of 6 Tropical Premium Grade Fragrance Oils
This collection of 6 premium grade oils sets you up with all you need to get started making some scented products and unique blends of your own.
The oils come in 6-10ml glass amber bottles with an easy euro dropper top, making it easy to measure out drops. This set makes a perfect gift for someone special too, you can direct them to this post and help them get started with using fragrance oils.
Precautions When Using Peony Fragrance Oil
Always be careful when using fragrance oils. They contain chemicals, and these can vary between different brands. I always wear gloves to avoid the oil coming into contact with my skin, and you definitely don’t want the oil to come into contact with any sensitive areas of broken skin.
Peony fragrance oil is one of my favourite floral scents for sure. I’ve explained why there isn’t a peony essential oil, but fragrance oils can be used in all the same products and are just as good a way to experience the scent of a plant or flower.
Let me know if you have any blends or uses for oils that I haven’t mention and I’d be happy to add it to the post for the other readers. Thanks.
I’m a MA, (CMT) Certified Massage Therapist, Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT), and Reiki Master — I’m a licensed massage therapist with over 10 years of experience in the industry.