3 - Scented Bath Oils - Fragrance versus Essential Oils
Fragrance or 'parfum' as it sometimes appears on labels can cover a whole host of unknown stuff, and therein lies the problem.
Everyone loves their bubbles to smell nice.
Imagine sinking into a tub of bubbles with that aroma that speaks to just you, a feminine, floral number, a herbaceous, zingy green scent or perhaps something more Mediterranean and citrus.
What's in that beautiful fragrance?
Is it natural or artificial?
Manufacturers don't need to specify. 'Parfum' can be made up of pretty much anything. There are more than 5000 synthetic fragrance components used by the beauty industry.
For those people with sensitive skin, 'parfum' can be a nightmare. It can give you a reaction, and you're not actually sure which ingredient is the culprit.
A lot of bubbles products come with a host of artificial fragrance ingredients which in conjunction with foaming ingredients I prefer to stay clear of.
Essential oils are 100% natural and are more often (though not exclusively) used in bath oil products. That 's what I use.
It is possible to be allergic to essential oils, so you do need to exercise caution if your skin is super sensitive, and a patch test make sense.
There are 26 known allergens that have to be listed on skincare labels, which can be found in both natural and artificial fragrances.
But they must be visible, which is a whole lot more useful than 'parfum' where you have no idea of what's in a formulation.
Read those ingredient labels and make sure you can see what's in that product. You're paying good money for it, it’s your right to know what’s in it!