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

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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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