We sold many of our soaps for over four years under the impression that the pre-mixed blends we were using in a few of our bars were pure essential oil blends. Since that time it was discovered that those blends contained pure essential oils AND a small percentage of phthalate-free fragrance oil to boost the natural scent. We had to decide whether to discontinue those bars and disappoint many of our regular customers, or to continue to carry them and give people the choices they wanted. We made the decision to carry the bars, and let our customers make their own choices in this regard.
All of our scented varieties of soap contain 2% essential oils—to add scent as well as therapeutic value—and 98% other ingredients (oils, water, clays, milks, etc.). The few soaps that contain the uncertified blends ALSO have therapeutic grade essential oils in them. We did a lot of experimenting because we wanted to make our scents totally unique. The fact that these soaps contain a mix of the blends in question PLUS our own essential oil additions also drives any percentage of any fragrance oil down even further (less than .5-1% of the entire batch).
Bottom line? The compromise is minuscule and not worth pulling those bars from our line up. In all our years of business we've never had a customer complain of allergies to any of the bars in question. But we HAVE had a handful of customers complain of allergies to some of our other bars that are strictly made with therapeutic grade essential oils. Allergies to natural plant ingredients are common, and we trust that our customers will know their own bodies.
If you are a purist (please see UPDATE), these are the soaps/products that are scented with a mix of pure essential oils AND may also contain a minimal amount of phthalate-free fragrance oil which augments and enhances the scent:
Chamomile and Orange Blossom soap, Bella Rose soap, Marshmallow and Aloe soap, Coconut Milk and Citrus soap, Green Tea and Nettles soap, Wheat and Honey soap, Lavender Buttermilk soap, Vanilla Butter soap, Wildflowers soap, and Sweet Rosehips Body Polish. Our candles also contain a small amount of phthalate-free fragrance oil along with essential oils to boost the scent throw.
2020 UPDATE: We have started introducing a natural plant based fragrance alternative to some of our soaps which once had the essential oil & phthalate free fragrance blend. This is ONLY happening to soaps and products where finding a scent match with essential oils is not possible. Our desire would be to only used essential oils as they give benefit to the hair and skin as well as scent, but when this is not possible, we have chosen to use natural plant based fragrances. These natural fragrances are plant-based aromatics which are produced using pure essential oils and aromatic isolates derived solely from natural, raw botanical sources. All of these natural fragrances are certified to be free of synthetic ingredients.
Products currently using the natural plant based fragrances:
Lemon Verbena Coconut Soap, Sweet Vanilla Body Polish.
All other products contain 100% certified pure, therapeutic grade essential oils, many of which are certified organic. Please contact us with any questions.