Tip #4 ~ Fragrance versus Essential Oil
Terms such as fragrance, scent, and perfume are used interchangeably regardless of the synthetic nature of ingredients. As someone who works with natural, plant-derived ingredients, it also makes it difficult for me to choose appropriate descriptors.
Often people share with me that they have allergies to fragrances or scents. And I always ask if they have made a difference between synthetic, man-made fragrances and those I work with – derived from nature.
It is something to consider if you feel you have sensitivities to fragrances or scents. Always read the ingredients label of any product you buy – even a label that says ‘natural’ is often only in part derived from nature with the majority of ingredients manufactured in a laboratory – for non-therapeutic purposes. That is, many manufactured ingredients are added to a product as a preservative, emulsifier or fixative.
Preservatives lengthen the shelf-life of a product.
An emulsifier forces water and oil to blend.
A fixative makes a scent last as long as possible.
Keep in mind, that even with essential oils that are derived from nature, too much of nature can still cause a dermal reaction or a headache if you are diffusing say ylang ylang for example.