Fragrances VS Essential Oils

Author: Ashley Scobie   Date Posted:20 March 2018 

 

What is the difference between a fragrance and an essential oil?

It’s simple.

An essential oil comes directly from the plant/flower.

A fragrance is manufactured in a lab.

Have you ever wondered why those banana lollies really do remind us of bananas but don’t quiet hit the mark for taste…because its artificially made; much like some skincare on the market.

 

Can fragrances be bad for our health?

ABSOLUTELY! Fragrances have been linked to everyday health factors such as allergies, asthma and skin conditions. They also oppose scarier risks such as cancers, kidney disease, hormone disturbances and many, many more. If you haven’t already check out David Suzuki’s work or safecosmeticsaustralia.com.au.

Parfum or Perfume?

Don’t be fooled by the word Parfum. This is a great marketing misnomer. Parfum sounds like it’s a perfume but there is a BIG difference. Proper Parfum used in perfume is made from essential oils. Parfum as an ingredient that is synthetic and bad for you. It amazes us that they can use this word to describe a synthetic ingredient.

***If this this fragrance/parfum is spread all over your body (which it is if it is in one of your products) and into your bloodstream, there is no filter. Would you knowingly put fragrance/parfum straight onto you children’s skin if you knew the dangers of this nasty chemical??? Probably not. That’s why we ask you to research what products you are using as they might not be as ‘natural’ as they claim to be.

Benefits of Essential Oils

We have spoken before about how essential oils can have positive effects on the brain, so what other positive benefits can they have? You may use eucalyptus oil when you have a cold – That’s because the oil can help relieve the stuffiness that colds and flus deliver. Lavender is one of our favourites as it is great for calming the mind and body. And can help reduce headaches.

Can essential oils cause harm?

Technically speaking, some can. Although this is usually when they are taken internally (if you wish to take them internally you must seek advise from your medical advisor first, just to be safe).  Particular oils can be digested (sparingly) such as peppermint oil and lavender oil.

As a general rule always check what essential oils can be used during pregnancy as some can be dangerous if used, especially when its absorbed through the skin.

We are proud to say that we are 100% natural. Our product alchemist Lanae works tirelessly everyday (yes…everyday) to ensure that we never use anything synthetic or toxic our products. This way it is safe for you and your family.

 


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