MYTHS and TRUTHS about Fragrance and Essential Oils
I heard something this weekend that I've heard before, so I thought it was time to drop some truth the blog.
MYTH: All fragrance oils are dangerous.
I've heard this so many times at event markets. It's usually followed by symptoms they've experienced with fragrance products- headaches, stuffy or runny noses, feeling light-headed, or more serious concerns and issues like reproductive interruptions.
And those CAN and DO happen! BUT, it doesn't have to happen! And here's why.
TRUTH: Not all fragrances are created equally.
Here's where asking questions and knowing where ingredients are being sourced truly makes a difference. Fragrance oils are specially formulated for use in a variety of products. They are heavily regulated to determine safe usage levels. The International Fragrance Association (IFRA) has a set of standards that every fragrance company must use to provide transparency about ingredients and guidance to makers like myself for safe usage rates. There are fragrance oils that contain chemicals linked to a variety of different health concerns, including those experienced by customers with other brands. These chemicals are included on IFRA sheets so that buyers can make a conscious decision to use or not use a fragrance containing those chemicals.
TRUTH: Thoughtful Hive carefully reviews each IFRA sheet and AVOIDS harmful ingredients for people, pets, and the planet.
Thoughtful Hive does not use ANY fragrance oils containing phthalates, parabens, or prop 65 chemicals. This eliminates all of the ingredients that cause those awful symptoms.
MYTH: Essential oils are the safest for fragrances.
Essential oils are 100% natural, so many believe they are naturally the safer option.
TRUTH: Essential oils are not safe for all people and pets.
Essential oils are not monitor or regulate by the FDA or any other governing body for purity or quality. While essential oils are 100% naturally, they are not always safe for fragrance uses. For example, eucalyptus oil, tea tree oil, cinnamon, citrus, peppermint, pine, wintergreen, and ylang ylang are completely unsafe for pets. Oils such as camphor, parsley seed, tarragon, wintergreen, and wormwood are unsafe while pregnant or breastfeeding. Oils like peppermint and eucalyptus are dangerous irritants for young children. Because of this, knowing exactly what is used and what you need to avoid for your specific situation is essential (no pun-intended). They're also expensive and don't have the same impactful scent throw of quality fragrances.
is that Thoughtful Hive is doing the research so that you don't have to worry.
You can truly relax knowing that the ingredients have been carefully selected because they are safe for you, your family, your friends, your neighbors, your animals, and the planet. I began Thoughtful Hive because I wasn't happy with the selection available on the market. When I realized how much it also mattered to others, I knew I had to share it with others.