Organic Essential Oils vs Synthetic Fragrances
We are committed to using pure essential oils in our products as we feel that it is vital that everything we smell, apply to our bodies or bathe with must be natural, as organic as possible and therapeutically active.
It is possible for synthetic oils to be made so well they have almost exactly the same smell as the pure natural product, however what they lack are the properties of the natural product, as the life force making the natural essential oil effective is not present. During production and usage, synthetic oils give off harmful chemicals and are often tested on animals which we are 100% against.
Essential oils are made from the flowers, leaves, resins, barks of trees, they are harvested in many ways. Most essential oils are made by steam extraction, the oils go one way and “hydrolat”, which is floral water containing the therapeutic benefits of the flower, go another. We use the hydrolat in our products as this is an active base.
What is an essential oil
Essential oils are odorous pure plant essence, they are complex chemical compounds produced by photosynthesis obtained from the plant by either steam distillation, maceration, hand expression or solvent extraction.
Essential oils have a consistency more like water than any other type of oil, they do not have a greasy feel and are usually thinner than oils. Aromatherapists use essential oils in their “mixed state”, called Terpenoid, because terpene are the chemical constituent present in the greatest quantity in the oil.
A lady, Mme Marguerite Maury, was the first person to compare essential oils to human hormones, she said essential oils were like plant hormones, this fact has since been confirmed by scientific research.
Almost all essential oils are antiseptic and antibacterial, others being antiviral and antifungal. Some oils will stimulate and regenerate while others can sedate and calm the body and mind. One essential oil can have many properties, such as Lavender with approximately 70 properties, but it is very rare that many properties of an oil would be required at once, and like hormones in the body, essential oils seem to target the specific area required.
Organic versus Non organic essential oils
We need to look after our soil. Years of applying artificial fertiliser and pesticides have taken their toll on the structure and substance of our soil. As many ancient hedgerows have been removed to make way for bigger fields, this has caused a huge problem with wind erosion. Native insects including bees are being affected by pesticides sprayed on crops and plants and it is for this reason that we must, as much as possible, use organic methods to produce our food. Unfortunately in this World, it is consumer power which makes the change to organic farming and the production of essential oils is no different. We source organic raw materials and essential oils as much as we can for the simple reason, using organic ingredients are kinder for us to use, kinder for the environment and kinder for our bees, butterflies and other native animals and insects. We must take care of our lovely planet so let’s make a stand.