When you see the word fragrance on a candle, cream or cleaning supply, it is chemical compounds sourced from petroleum. Using synthetic fragrances can lead to (or exacerbate existing) health risks, like asthma, allergies, headaches, migraines, hormone disruption, cancer, toxicity, and central nervous system disorders.
Tomorrow is the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. This commemoration has me thinking about my impact on the global community. Even from our tiny quarantine orbits, we can help everyone breathe easier. In fact, researchers in the US looked at levels of synthetic VOCs in roadside air in Los Angeles and found that as much came from industrial and household products refined from petroleum as from vehicle exhaust pipes. (Paints, perfumes, cleaning sprays and other synthetic items in your household contribute to high levels of ‘volatile organic compounds’ in air.)
The question of essential oil authenticity is not a new issue. Passing synthetic oils off as “natural” has been going on ever since synthetic scents were created in the late 1800s. Today, all marketers know, consumers desire clean, natural and pure products. The desire to live a healthy life has more and more consumers reading labels, hunting down 100% natural products. There’s a huge loophole in FDA cosmetic labeling laws. It allows cosmetic companies to label synthetic oils as essential oils.