Do you know the different between natural and synthetic fragrances? The popularity of natural fragrances is quickly on the rise – they are concentrated with less fillers, stick to your skin longer, and aren’t full of dehydrating chemicals. And you get the added bonus of knowing that everything your skin is absorbing is safe and suitable for most skin types.
The majority of synthetic fragrances are made from petrochemicals, which have been linked to cancer, reproductive toxicity, allergies, and more. These petrochemicals are absorbed into your skin and breathed into your lungs every time you use products that contain synthetic fragrance. Synthetic fragrances can be hidden in everything from cosmetics and skincare to cleaning products and candles.
Synthetic fragrances tend to be more offensive to those around you than natural fragrances. You know the feeling of walking into a department store and having your senses assaulted by the harsh smell of dozens of perfumes. When you wear synthetic perfumes and colognes, it’s very likely you’re causing those in your path to be offended from the overwhelming odor.
On average, natural fragrances will last anywhere from six to 15 hours. We read comments from our customers all the time saying they can smell their Ambre Blends on their clothes or skin a full day later. Synthetic fragrances last for an average of one to three hours. Dry skin has a hard time holding onto scent, and when you use a synthetic fragrance that contains alcohol it can contribute to your skin drying out even more. On the other hand, natural fragrances are sometimes known as “skin scents” because as your body temperature gradually increases, the scent begins to grow stronger.
Natural fragrances such as Ambre Blends oil essences are alcohol-free and have a clean, rich, true scent. Since our oil essences are alcohol-free, they have a long shelf life – you’ll notice that the longer you have your oil essences the stronger they will get. Synthetic fragrances have a scent that is harsh, overbearing, and overpowering. Since synthetic fragrances are made with 80-97% alcohol, they have a short shelf life due to alcohol evaporation.
Since natural fragrances use natural ingredients, they are less likely to cause allergic reactions. Natural fragrances also tend to have fewer ingredients to emit a richer aroma. Synthetic fragrances are full of fillers and chemicals, which means a much higher probability of causing an allergic reaction. If you have sensitive skin, it’s time to switch to a natural fragrance!
Natural fragrances are made with oils that will assist in nourishing and moisturizing your skin, helping it to retain the scent on your skin longer. You and only those close to you will experience the pleasant, natural aromas, not leaving a trail of odor behind you like traditional perfumes and colognes. Due to the high alcohol content in synthetic fragrances, these will remove your natural body oils causing dry skin. They are also highly flammable.
After seeing how natural and synthetic fragrances stack up to each other, which would you rather put on your skin? We think the choice is clear.
You see the word “fragrance” all over the place. It’s on the back of products you use around your house and on your body…so should you be concerned?
Let’s start with what the word “fragrance” actually means. The definition of fragrance is “a sweet or pleasing scent.” In short, fragrance is a simply how something smells. What fragrance does not mean is that something is a perfume or cologne.
Here’s where the difference comes in: natural fragrance vs. synthetic fragrance.
Natural fragrances are made of essential oils and raw materials derived from botanical ingredients harvested from the earth, not made in a lab. Ambre Blends oil essences and body care products are carefully blended from the finest all-natural ingredients.
Synthetic fragrances are the perfumes and colognes you commonly associate with the word fragrance. These are made with synthetic chemicals, fillers and potential hormone disruptors as well as parabens, phthalates, synthetic musks and more.
In order to protect our proprietary blend of amber essences, the FDA requires us to label our products as a fragrance, although we want our customers to know that our products are made with natural plant-based oils (fragrance) which will always be pure, fresh and made with utmost integrity. As much as we wanted to get away from the “f” word because of its bad reputation, we are choosing to comply with FDA standards, even though not all companies in our industry play by the rules.
If you know the story about how Ambre Blends got its start, you know that using all natural, pure ingredients is the top priority for us since Ambre is highly sensitive to synthetic ingredients. If you don’t know our backstory, you can read it here.
Ambre Blends all-natural oil essences are designed to complement your body’s chemistry. These organic infusions are activated by your body heat to uncover your own unique essence. This is what we like to call the art of natural fragrance. You can find out more about wearing, sharing and exploring Ambre Blends here.
As our product line has grown over the last two decades, the drive to keep things clean and pure is something we hold close to our hearts, and we will remain committed to this moving forward.