Does anyone know what real flowers smell like? As a society, we are inundated with unnatural scents. Faux scents are in almost everything and have deadened our comprehension of the nuances and magic in natural scents. Because of their low cost, synthetics now dominate in the world of personal fragrance. However, the gaining popularity of aromatherapy has made natural oils more readily available.
There is something magical about the smell of an essential oil versus its synthetic counterpart. Scientists have tried to replicate essential oils, but have fallen short, since they have not been able to reproduce several key constituents that are found in natural essential oils. There is no comparison between the smell or the benefits of an essential oil compared to a synthetic. In a synthetic oil, no aromatherapy benefit is gleaned, plus synthetics often harbor phthalates. Phthalates have been found to cause reproductive defects, as well as infertility. Avoid products with “fragrance” or “perfume” on the label, as these are chemical cocktails where phthalates often hide. Look instead for products with essential oils on the ingredient list, which usually are listed by their Latin name, i.e. Lavandula Hybrida (Lavandin) Oil.