Essential Oils vs Fragrances
Fragrance vs Essential Oils
Many people will automatically discard the idea of using natural soap if it contains Fragrance. They would automatically assume that the soap is not natural. The soap is still natural, just not 100%. The scent is added at the end of soap making process and only account for about 2% of the whole soap formula. This is just enough to give it that nice scent. I would like to explain why we are ok with making and using Fragranced soap.
What is Fragrance:
Fragrance Oils, perfumes, perfume oils or fragrant oils, as they are sometimes called, are scents manufactured in a lab. They are artificially created and contain artificial ingredients. They are designed to mimic the scent of a natural product, such as: ice cream, cake, coffee, strawberries etc. Some are made to give you a specific mood, such as: autumn scent, winter, Christmas or rain.
What is Essential Oil:
Essential Oils are extracted from different parts of plants, such as fruits, blossoms, leafs, wood, stem, bark or resin. They tend to provide not just a pleasant scent, but also be a great aromatherapy agent. Tea Tree, for example, has its natural antiseptic, antifungal and antibacterial properties. Eucalyptus and Peppermint help in relieving symptoms associated with respiratory problems. Lavender is calming.
So why do we like to use Fragrant Oil as well?
One of the big Fragrance pluses is that you can have any scent you want. Like Chocolate for example. There is no natural essential oil that can provide a chocolate scent. It is the same for strawberry or cucumber.
And did you know that Fragrances have to go through very extensive testing. They have to be approved by the government to ensure that they do not contain any banned substances and are safe to use, before they can be sold?! That is why we are fine with using Fragrance as one of our ingredients.
We offer half of our products with Essential Oils and the other half with Fragrant Oils. But if we do use Fragrance, it’s always phthalate free!