How do we decide which scents not to use?
We often receive emails asking for a specific essential oil or other scents. One of my favorite activities is scent blending. Mixing top notes, middle notes, and base notes to come up with just the right aromatic qualities.
Method of Extraction
Some aromatic flowers like rose and jasmine are so delicate that the aromatic compounds must be extracted or pulled out from the plant material using chemical petroleum solvents, like hexane. When solvents are used there are always some solvent residues left in the product after production. We do not use any aromatics extracted using petroleum solvents.
For more information please see Methods of Extracting Essential Oils From Botanicals
Since Rosewood, Sandalwood, and Frankincense essential oils come from plants that are endangered or becoming scarce due to over-harvesting, we will only use these essential oils if they come from sustainably managed forests. We are committed to using essential oils that are grown and harvested in an ecologically and socially responsible manner.
For more information please read "Will The Use of Pure Botanical Essential Oils Deplete Natural Resources?"
Some essential oils are just too pricey. The price of essential oils is based on their availability, ease of extraction, and how much plant material is needed to produce the oil. For example, it takes 100 pounds of neroli (orange) blossoms to make 1 pound of neroli essential oil.
Be suspicious of companies selling soap and other skincare products that supposedly contain high-priced essential oils without an expensive price tag. First of all, there is no requirement to list all of the ingredients used in the manufacture of soap. Even for personal care products companies can mix a small amount of essential oil, like neroli, with the fragrance oil and still claim that the product is "scented with pure neroli essential oil."
Apple Pie, Watermelon & Cucumber . . . Oh, My!
We do not use fragrance oil. While there are many lovely smelling fragrance oils, like peach mango, watermelon, and apple pie, fragrance oils are not natural.
Essential oils contain only the distilled essence of a plant, but perfume and fragrance oils are artificially created fragrances that contain artificial substances and provide no medicinal or aromatherapeutic properties.
It's unfortunate that some companies sell bottles of fragrance or perfume oils or products made with fragrance oils and label them with the word "aromatherapy." Since the use of the word aromatherapy isn't regulated by the U.S. Government, companies can get away with this.
We only use pure botanical essential oils to scent our natural skincare products.
For more information please see our blog Why do you scent with only real essential oils?