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 phthlate-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 miniscule 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 therapuetic 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, these are the soaps/products that are scented with a mix of pure essential oils AND may also contain a minimal amount of fragrance oil which augments and enhances the scent:
Chamomile and Orange Blossom soap, Bella Rose soap, Marshmallow and Aloe, Coconut Milk and Citrus, Green Tea and Nettles, Wheat and Honey, Lavender Buttermilk soap, Vanilla Butter soap, Wildflowers, Lemon Verbena, Vanilla Sugar Body Polish, and Sweet Rosehips Body Polish.
All other products contain 100% certified pure, therapeutic grade essential oils. Please contact us with any questions.