Is it true that essential oils, absolutes and macerated oils are the same thing?

By Marco Valussi

Well... Absolutely not. The three products derive from completely different processes, the essential oils are distilled - or cold pressed in the case of citrus peels, the absolutes are the result of a complex extraction process involving various passages with different solvents, and macerated oils are a type of simple extract where the solvent is a lipid (i.e. olive oil, sunflower oil).

For more details on the different types of aromatic extracts and essential oils, here is a more complete article.

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