There's quite a bit of controversy around fragrance oils.
Fragrances are everywhere. Body products, hair products, candles, cleaning products, room sprays, laundry detergent, EVERYWHERE. Why wouldn't they be though? Aromatherapy is real, and after a long day, sinking into a hot bath that smells like vanilla musk and berries and lighting your favorite amber-scented candle can really improve your mood. I get it. However, not all fragrances are created equally.
The fragrances you know and love come from something called Fragrance Oils. Sometimes, these oils are a culmination of over 20 ingredients. If you live in the United States, you should know that fragrance oil producers are not required to list the ingredients of their fragrances, and most do not.
But this is not all bad. A lot of those ingredients are different compounds (whether naturally derived or synthetic) that come together to create the scent you enjoy. However, there are some ingredients that MUST be avoided in order for your aromatherapy to truly be a beneficial practice.
Certain fragrance oils can disrupt your hormones. This hormone disruption can be linked to two chemicals known as Parabens & Phthalates. According to the National Institution of Health, phthalates "can alter the development and function of the hormone-dependent structures of the reproductive system." NIH also says that parabens "are known to possess estrogenic effects, and therefore have been classified as endocrine disruptors."
Studies suggest that many people in our modern day world are experiencing some sort of hormonal issue. With so many products containing unregulated fragrances, one may think that a source of these issues could be our daily products. That's why its good to avoid parabens and phthalates.
When you've found a new scent that you absolutely love or purchase a candle that is heavenly, be sure to check that it is paraben and phthalate-free. More and more businesses are being transparent about what their products contain, and a lot of times, they will immediately disclose if their product is phthalate-free. If you don't see this clearly listed on the product of your choice, reach out and ask the business/manufacturer.
I want you to confidently use our products and know what you're putting on your body. Many will say that essential oils are enough to naturally fragrance a product, however, aromas in essential oils are limited and being new to natural products, one may be discouraged by the smell of patchouli or eucalyptus.
I most definitely offer essential oil scented products and out of customer convenience and demand, I do offer some products that contain fragrances. However, you can find this on any and all product listings that contain fragrance, they will always be paraben and phthalate-free. I source my fragrances from distributors that pride themselves on offering products that are not harmful to you.
I think it is important to offer you options, but it's even more important that those options be as safe as possible, and more important than that, is you being informed about what's in your everyday products.
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