Natural aromatics are better known as essential oils and are the aromatic essence of plants distilled from authentic plant materials (flowers, leaves, stems, peels, etc.). Natural aromatics are very expensive because large amounts of plant materials yield only small quantities of essential oils. At the same time, natural aromatics are highly concentrated and only a few drops will provide many hours of aromatic enjoyment. Unfortunately, few people regularly experience essential oils due to their high cost and low consumer availability.
Our products are not like perfumes: They are simple, authentic smells you will readily recognize and accept as being natural and familiar (like orange, clove, lime, peppermint, etc.). All of the essential oils used in our aromatic products are disclosed on the product label. We use only those essential oils that are found on the essential oil "Generally Recognized as Safe" for human consumption ("GRAS") list maintained by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration found in the official Code of Federal Regulations, 21 C.F.R. Section 582.20. Click here to see a copy of the GRAS list.
Artificial aromatics, better known as "fragrance oils," are aromatic molecules that have been manufactured. Authentic, natural aromatics actually consist of hundreds, sometimes thousands, of different aromatic molecules that we experience together to make a given smell. The petro-chemical industry has become very sophisticated at identifying a few of the primary types of molecules in any given smell and then manufacturing just those few molecules. Fragrance oils are inexpensive and can be made to impart aromas either not available or uneconomic to produce from natural sources. As a result, virtually all scented consumer products, including most expensive perfumes and colognes, are made with synthetic fragrances.
From ancient Egyptian mummification practices to ritualistic burning of incense materials, people have practiced aspects of aromatherapy in virtually every known culture throughout human history. In modern times, aromatherapy has come to mean the use of essential oils to balance and improve human emotional, psychological, and physical well-being.
Essential oils impart specific, positive properties of the underlying plant, benefits that humans have been exploring and experiencing for thousands of years. Holistic aromatherapy does not include the use of man-made, synthetic substances (such as "fragrance" and "perfume" oils). While it is generally accepted that aromatherapy cannot cure major illnesses or mental health conditions, it is equally clear that essential oils can be highly effective in improving people's moods and helping people feel comfortable and relaxed.