Read this before you jump on the essential oil bandwagon….
Essential oils are all the rage right now. Many ‘essential oil’ companies have popped up in recent times as a response to people searching for natural ways to support their health. But are we being be conned? Are these products actually good for us?
I noticed Air Wick release an ‘Essential Mist’ product stating it ‘transforms essential oils into mist’. Sounds appealing – a chance to bring essential oils into the home can only be a good thing right?
It’s now common knowledge that essential oils are beneficial for our health with a stack of research underway but are we being duped? Let’s take a closer look…
If you go to Air Wick’s website you’ll find many references to using essential oils but they do not actually disclose the ingredients of this essential mist product. I’m not one to be satisfied with lack of transparency so I did a little digging and started by writing to them asking for the ingredients. It took them a week to respond, but they led me to rbnainfo.com where all the ingredients are disclosed.
Here’s what I found:
Air Wick Lavender & Apple Blossom Essential Mist Ingredients
Ingredients: Distillates (Petroleum), Hydrotreated Light, C11-13 Synthetic Isoparaffin, Dipropylene Glycol Methyl Ether, Fragrance / Parfum, Linalool, Coumarin, HexylCinnamal, Citronellol, d-Limonene, Geraniol, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone
I used my Chemical Maze app to look up these ingredients. Are here’s the breakdown:
- Distillates (Petroleum), Hydrotreated Light
Derived from petroleum. A possible human carcinogen. Suspected respiratory, cardiovascular & neurotoxicity
- C11-13 Synthetic Isoparaffin
Derived from petroleum. A solvent. Not assessed for safety in cosmetics by CIR. May cause mild skin irritation. May have an occlusive effect. May interfere with proper skin function
- Dipropylene Glycol Methyl Ether
Derived from petroleum
- Fragrance / Parfum
Various synthetic, petroleum based, non-identifiable ingredients. Potential effects include allergic reactions. Not assessed for safety in cosmetics by CIR, asthma, suspected immune and neurotoxicity
Synthetic ingredient. Potential effects include allergic reactions, skin irritations, facial psoriasis. Not assessed for safety by CIR
Synthetically derived. Potential effects include allergic reactions, suspected cardiovascular and liver toxicity. Suspected carcinogen. Not assessed for safety by CIR. Used in RAT POISON, bleach, hair colour
Synthetic. Restricted use in EU. Not assessed for safety by CIR. Potential effects include skin irritation, allergic reactions, contact dermatitis
- Citronellol / d-Limonene / Geraniol
Compounds found in organic substance (here are the traces of essential oils folks! We found them buried at the bottom of the list! No data on the quality, purity or potency of these oils is provided)
- Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone
Synthetic. Possible human toxicant. CNS disruption. May cause sensitisation. Suspected environmental toxicity. Not assessed for safety by CIR
This is quite frankly DISGUSTING that a company can promote a product preying on us as consumers, knowing we are looking for natural ways to support ourselves yet blatantly stuff us with toxic synthetic, untested ingredients. They are promoting that we breathe this stuff in all day long. They are filling our airways with toxins whilst filling their own pockets by using these cheap and nasty ingredients and trying to pass them off as essential oils that are grown, harvested, distilled, tested by dedicated growers. Ingredients that rely on the expertise of farmers and communities, specific weather conditions, environmental factors. These companies are taking cheap and nasty shortcuts, giving nothing back to the essential oil growers, doing nothing to support these farming communities, jumping on marketing buzz words whilst actually harming our health.
Is your health worth 3.2 cents a day??
Air wick essential mist refill – $8 lasts up to 45 days
Airwick = 17.8c per day – TOXIC
doTERRA (top of the range, 100% pure, potent, therapeutic grade essential oil, safe to ingest) 1 bottle diffused for 18 hours per day – from $13 lasts up to 62.5 days.
doTERRA = 21c per day – STRAIGHT FROM MOTHER EARTH
So for an extra 3.2c per day you can switch from a synthetic, toxic and dangerous product to the world’s best, completely unadulterated and most potent essential oils on the planet.
WAKE UP!! Educate and empower yourself. Use resources such as the Chemical Maze app, the Modern Essentials guide, ewg.org and find out what you are putting in, on and around yours and your family’s bodies.
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Alison and Anthony x