Last time, in Part 1, we learned the truth of synthetic fragrances in our everyday life. Today, we are going to talk in more depth about natural fragrances and essential oils that can replace synthetic fragrances.
What is natural fragrance, which can replace synthetic fragrance?
Essential oils extracted from petals, herb leaves, and citrus shells through distillation, compression, cold-pressing, and on-incision until the synthetic fragrance emerges at the end of the 19th century. Natural fragrance category includes Musk (dried musk bags of musk deer), Civet (secretion of musk cat), Ambergris (excrement of ambergris, sperm whale), Castor (beaver secretion). However, we will talk about essential oil, which is a natural vegetable spice that makes up the vast majority of natural spices.
How is essential oil extracted?
The most representative method of extracting essential oils is by distillation. It was first developed by Avicenna in the 10th century. It is an inherited method of extracting essential oils from flowers and herbs using steam.
Extracting essential oil by cold pressing method.
Citrus essential oils such as orange, lemon, lime, and grapefruit are concentrated in the skin of the fruit. Because the oil-type effective ingredient is extracted only by the physical pressure on the skin. (Cold press).
Notation of Essential Oils.
What kind of essential oils will be used on the cosmetic label? When you look at the labels of AROMATICA products, it is usually indicated as ‘name of the raw material + oil’ when the ingredients include the essential oil. To distinguish it from common vegetable oil, it may be marked with an asterisk.
Disadvantages of Essential Oils.
Essential oil, which is a natural fragrance, is very expensive. Because it is obtained in very small amount compared to the amount of used raw materials. Not all plants can extract fragrance, but the fragrance itself is limited. Also, the strength of the fragrance is weaker and the persistence is poorer.
Synthetic fragrance is used more than natural fragrance.
If you spray a typical synthetic fragrance, strong smell persists throughout the day. However, natural fragrance with essential oil does not produce strong fragrance and not persist all day long. Due to these disadvantages of natural fragrances, cosmetics and many other commodity-related industries are using synthetic fragrances which are also cheaper and easier to handle.
Benefits of Essential Oils: Stability.
Most essential oils prescribed in cosmetics and household products are classified as EWG 1-2. This measure is significantly lower than synthetic fragrances. Each essential oil has its own ingredient name, so it is easy to see what essential oil is prescribed in the product.
Benefits of Essential Oils – Delivering Original Efficacy.
Essential oils have been used for medicinal purposes not only for scent ingredients such as synthetic fragrances but also for treating skin diseases, wounds, and burns. For example, when you have a smile on your face, there are a lot of people who think of tea tree oil. Tea Tree Essential Oil is prescribed in cosmetics for oily skin and problematic skin because it has efficacy such as anti-inflammation, disinfection, sterilization and sebum control. In fact, it was used instead of antibiotics to treat wound of soldiers during the World War II.
Benefits of Essential Oils: Natural Preservative Efficacy.
Some essential oils possess a preservative effect. For instance, AROMATIKA has developed a prescription that replaces the synthetic antiseptic preservative with natural extracts of antimicrobial activity such as Rosemary floral water and lavender floral water. We have proved the efficacy of disinfection and preservation by developing a combination of natural extracts. This can produce the best preservative effect while reducing irritation to skin by each formulation and composition of each product.
Precautions when using essential oils. Since active ingredient is concentrated in essential oils, the direct application to the skin may be irritating. When using the undiluted solution, it should be diluted by dropping only one or two drops of sunflower oil or vegetable oil such as olive oil, cream, and lotion.
Please think again about Synthetic fragrance vs Natural fragrance! So far, We’ve compared synthetic fragrance and natural fragrance (essential oils) and hope you would think twice about the smell you feel in a daily life. Are you using synthetic fragrance? Or natural fragrance? Ask yourself and decide wisely.