Distilled oils taken from an herb, fruit, or plant. Essential oils are often used in aromatherapy and perfumery, and they are also known as volatile oils.

When used in lubricants, essential oils will not necessarily damage latex condoms, although this depends on the formula of the product. Most sexual health products that use essential oils use a fairly low concentration, limiting the chances of a negative reaction or skin irritation. However, people who are allergic to a certain plant will also be allergic to that plant’s essential oil.