Ingredient Spotlight: Lemongrass Essential Oil

Posted by Laura Daly on

Yesterday, we talked about Sunshine mist and how it can be used to energize. One of the reasons it is so uplifting is because it contains lemongrass essential oil. Do a simple google search to learn the multitude of health benefits and uses for lemongrass essential oil. It is the star of both our Sunshine Body Mist and Sunshine  Moisturizing Bar Soap. These products are perfect for the month of July!!! Remember, our soaps are so moisturizing, you can use them on your face too!

We only use pure essential oils

Madison Soap Company uses only the highest quality food grade essential oils at aromatherapeutic percentages. We will never use fragrance oils because essential oils come directly from plants and harbor aromatherapeutic value and health benefits.

Essential Oils v. Synthetic Fragrance Oils

Right now, on the soap marketplace, scents like "tobacco" and "campfire" are very popular. And with good reason, they smell so fun! the difference between these fragrance oils and the essential oils we use is that essential oils are the actual vital essence of aromatic plants from the flowers, fruits, sap, seeds or skin of the plant, as well as the bark, leaves, roots, resins or wood of certain trees. These oils are often referred to as the "life force" of plants and contain unique and varied therapeutic properties.

Synthetic Fragrance oils, on the other hand, are primarily made from petrochemicals and attempt to duplicate the smell of a specific plant. By dismantling the unique chemical compound of an essential oil, chemists re-assemble a "Frankenstein" fragrance. A 1986 report by the National Academy of Sciences reports that 95 percent of the chemicals used in synthetic fragrances are derived from petroleum and include benzene derivatives, aldehydes and many other known toxins and synthesizers capable of causing cancer, birth defects, central nervous system disorders and allergic reactions.

Why would people use fragrance oils?

Fragrance oils are much less expensive and also tend to behave more predictably in product formulation. But, without the complex chemical components of the unadulterated natural essential oil, the aromatherapeutic effects are not present in these synthetic oils.

Yeah, but are fragrance oils harmful?

Even after banning methylene chloride (a known carcinogen that also causes autoimmune disease) in 1989, an EPA study two years later listed the chemical as one of the 20 most common chemicals found in fragrance products. In a 2001 study, the EPA reported that synthetic fragrances were shown to cause "possible mutagenic and genotoxic effects." Synthetic fragrances have also been shown to contain hormone disruptors which are linked to abnormal cell reproduction and may result in tumor growth.

Neurotoxins at Home and In The Workplace (Report 99-827) Committee on Science & Technology Sept. 16, 1986.
1991 Environmental Protection Agency Paper #A312.
Candles and Incense As Potential Sources of Indoor Air Pollution Environmental Protection Agency January 2001.

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