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Artificial fragrance versus all-natural scent

Natural fragrance is always best. Period – with no ifs, ands, buts,  or other qualifiers. Nevertheless, I still do use regular “fragrance” in some of my products, and I want to make this policy clear.

Fragrance enjoys a special niche in cosmetics in that fragrances are a total mystery as far as their ingredients are concerned. The FDA has decreed that fragrances may be a trade secret, and that means that manufacturers are not required to disclose any of their ingredients. This means that you might be exposed to a “nasty” (such as a paraben) from one of my products when you choose one listing “Fragrance” on the label, without the qualifier of (Natural). I do source my ingredients carefully, but cannot swear absolutely that my artficial fragrances are entirely free of nasty substances, due to that legal loophole.

I offer all-natural fragrance options in almost all products (and am busily working on crafting up-to-my-standard versions of the others) and I encourage you to stick to those, but artificial fragrances are still the most popular, overall, and thus far, they work much better in my hair dew line. At this point, I use them mostly because customers really like fragrance.

If you see the words Fragrance (Natural) on a product label, it means I have used a combination of essential oils or a certified natural blend to achieve the final scent. (Most times I list all the oils used individually, but sometimes space is an issue and instead I use just the single listing.)

If you see the word “Fragrance” on one of my labels without the qualifier of Natural, then the product does contain an artificial scent. Artificial scents should be avoided by persons with compromised health or a sensitivity to fragrance.  

It boils down to this, in my mind – if fragrance is the ONLY suspect ingredient used, then your (and my) overall risk is FAR lower than it would be with any traditional product that was purposely preserved with parabens (which is most products) and which probably contains a lot of other nasties, as well.

Part of this journey is about education, and it is a journey for me too, so you can expect to see more and more Re-Dew products offering only natural fragrance as time goes on. It is my sincere hope to transition all of us over to using natural fragrances, exclusively, and to educate as many people as I can about cosmetic (and home product) safety issues along the way.

What is your own stance on artificial fragrance? Did you know about these issues already, or is all of this news to you?

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My Ingredient List

NOT COMPLETE – this page will always be “a work in progress since I am constantly testing and trying new things. I do try to ensure that any ingredients being used in retail products make the list. Remember that you can click on words with dotted underlining throughout the site to view more information about that term.

Current labeling laws in the USA allow for the use of either common or “INCI” names. I use common names for most ingredients but I list essential oils by their formal Latin names (unless it is space consideration), and I source ALL my ingredients extremely carefully, with quality in mind first and foremost.

COMMON NAME   _____________  –                    INCI NAME

Aloe Vera Gel/Juice –  ALOE BARBADENSIS (ALOE VERA) LEAF JUICE

Almond Oil  – PRUNUS AMYGDALUS DULCIS (SWEET ALMOND) OIL

Apple Cider Vinegar  – ACETIC ACID (APPLE CIDER VINEGAR)

Argan Oil – ARGANIA SPINSOSA (ARGAN) OIL

Arrowroot Powder  –  MARANTA ARUNDINACEA (ARROW) ROOT

Baking Soda  –  SODIUM BICARBONATE

Beeswax   –  CERA ALBA (BEESWAX)

Beet Root Powder    –  BETA VULGRIS (BEET) ROOT POWDER

Behentrimonium Methosulfate – BEHENTRIMONIUM METHOSULFATE

Bentonite/ Redmond Clay  – BENTONITE

Buttermilk Powder   –   BUTTERMILK POWDER

Butylene Glycol – BUTYLENE GLYCOL

Calcium Carbonate   –  CALCIUM CARBONATE

Calendula (Marigold) Flowers CALENDULA OFFICINALIS FLOWER

Candelilla Wax  –  EUPHORBIA CERIFERA (CANDELILLA) WAX

Chamomile Flowers  –  ANTHEMIS NOBILIS FLOWER

Castor Oil     –    RICINUS COMMUNIS (CASTOR) SEED OIL

Cetearyl Alcohol – CETEARYL ALCOHOL

Cetyl AlcoholCETYL ALCOHOL

Citric Acid – CITRIC ACID

Coca Betaine  –  COCAMIDOPROPYL BETAINE

Cocoa Butter   – THEOBROMA CACAO (COCOA) SEED BUTTER

Coconut Oil – COCOS NUCIFERA (COCONUT) OIL

Coenzyme Q10 – C12-15 ALKYL BENZOATE (and) TOCOPHERYL ACETATE (and) UBIQUINONE

Cornstarch   –  ZEA MAYS (CORN) STARCH

Epsom Salts  – MAGNESIUM SULFATE

Emulsifying Wax  – typically CETEARYL ALCOHOL (and) POLYSORBATE 60

Epsom Salts   – MAGNESIUM SULFATE

Eucalyptus Oil  –  EUCALYPTUS GLOBULUS LEAF OIL

Evening Primrose Oil –  OENOTHERA BIENNIS (EVENING PRIMROSE) OIL

Fractionated  Coconut Oil  – CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE

Fragrance, ArtificialFRAGRANCE

Frankincense Essential Oil (s)  – BOTSWELLIA CARTERII (INDIAN FRANKINCENSE) OIL. BOTSWELLIA SERATTA  (SOMALIAN FRANKINCENSE) OIL

Geranium Oil  –  PELARGONIUM GRAVEOLENS (GERANIUM) OIL

Geranium Water  (Hydrosol) – PELARGONIUM GRAVEOLENS LEAF (GERANIUM) WATER 

Glycerin –  GLYCERIN (VEGETABLE-BASED)

Grapefruit Peel Oil – CITRUS PARADISI (GRAPEFRUIT) PEEL OIL

Grapeseed Oil  – VITIS VINIFERA (GRAPE) SEED OIL

Green Tea  –  CAMELLIA SINENSIS LEAF

Guar Gum    – CYAMOPSIS TETRAGONOLOBA (GUAR) GUM

Hemp Seed Oil   – CANNABIS SATIVA (HEMP)  SEED OIL

Honeyquat – HYDROXYPROPYLTRIMONIUM HONEY (HONEYQUAT)

Hydrolyzed OatsHYDROLYZED OATS

Hydroxyethylcellulose – HYDROXYETHYLCELLULOSE

Jasmine Oil    –  JASMINUM OFFICINALE (JASMINE) OIL

Jojoba Oil   –  SIMMONDSIA CHINENSIS (JOJOBA) SEED OIL (pronounced Ho-Ho’-Ba)

Kaolin Clay/White China Clay   – KAOLIN

Lanolin   – LANOLIN

Lavender Flowers – LAVANDULA ANGUSTIFOLIA (LAVENDER) FLOWERS

Lavender Oil  –  LAVANDULA ANGUSTIFOLIA (LAVENDER) OIL

Lemon Peel Oil – CITRUS MEDICA LIMONUM (LEMON) PEEL OIL

Lemongrass Oil – CYMBOPOGON SCHOENANTHUS (LEMONGRASS) OIL

Loofah Sponge  – LUFFA CYLINDRICA (LOOFAH) FRUIT

Mango Butter  – MANGIFERA INDICA (MANGO) SEED BUTTER

Meadowfoam Seed Oil   –  LIMNANTHES ALBA (MEADOWFOAM) SEED OIL

Neroli Oil –  CITRUS AURANTIUM DULCIS (ORANGE) FLOWER OIL

Neroli Flower Water/Hydrosol –  CITRUS AURANTIUM DULCIS (ORANGE) FLOWER WATER

Oatmeal   –  AVENA SATIVA (OAT) KERNEL

Oatmeal Powder/Oat Flour  –  AVENA SATIVA (OAT) KERNEL FLOUR

Olive Leaf Extract – PROPANEDIOL (and) WATER (and) OLEA EUROPAEA (OLIVE) LEAF EXTRACT

Olive Oil  –  OLEA EUROPAEA (OLIVE) FRUIT OIL

Orange/Sweet Orange Oil –  CITRUS AURANTIUM DULCIS (ORANGE) PEEL OIL

Palmarosa Oil  –  CYMBOPOGON MARTINI (PALMA ROSA) OIL

Peppermint Leaf Oil    –  MENTHA PIPERITA (PEPPERMINT) OIL

Pine Oil/Scotch Pine Oil  –   PINUS SYLVESTRIS (PINE) LEAF OIL

PropanediolPROPANEDIOL aka “Nature Silk”

Red Iron Oxide Pigment   –  IRON OXIDE (NATURAL PIGMENT)

Rhassoul Clay – CLAY

Red Raspberry Seed Oil   –  RUBUS IDAEUS (RASPBERRY) SEED OIL

Rice Bran Oil    –  ORYZA SATIVA (RICE) BRAN OIL

Rose Absolute 5%  –   ROSA DAMASCENA (ROSE) FLOWER OIL

Rose Water (Hydrosol)  –  ROSA DAMASCENA FLOWER WATER

Rosehip Oil   –  ROSA CANINA (ROSEHIP) FRUIT OIL

Rosehip Powder   – ROSA CANINA (ROSEHIP) SEED POWDER

Rosemary  –  ROSMARINUS OFFICINALIS (ROSEMARY) LEAF

Rosemary Oil – ROSMARINUS OFFICINALIS (ROSEMARY) OIL

Rosemary Powder   –  ROSMARINUS OFFICINALIS (ROSEMARY)

Sandalwood Oil – SANTALUM ALBUM (SANDALWOOD) OIL

Sea Salt – All Types – must be listed on products labels as simply  SEA SALT.  I use all of the following in various products: Coarse Dead Sea Salt, Fine Pink Himalayan Sea Salt, Medium White Sea Salt                   

Shea Butter  –  BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII (SHEA BUTTER)

Sodium Carbomer  –  SODIUM CARBOMER

Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate – SODIUM LAURYL SULFOACETATE

Spearmint Leaf Oil   –   MENTHA VIRIDIS (SPEARMINT) LEAF OIL

Squalane  –   SQUALANE

Stearic Acid     –    STEARIC ACID

Sugar     –  SUCROSE  (ORGANIC FAIR TRADE CANE SUGAR)

Sunflower Oil   – HELIANTHUS ANNUUS (SUNFLOWER) SEED OIL

Tapioca Starch – MANIHOT ESCULENTA (TAPIOCA) ROOT STARCH

Tea Tree Oil   –  MELAEUCA ALTERNIFOLIA (TEA TREE) LEAF OIL

Titanium Dioxide  –  TITANIUM DIOXIDE

Vanilla Oil   – VANILLA PLANIFOLIA BEAN EXTRACT

Vitamin E, Natural  –  TOCOPHEROL (NATURAL VITAMIN E)

Wintergreen Leaf Oil    –   GAULTHERIA PROCUMBENS (WINTERGREEN) LEAF OIL

Witch Hazel Distillate  – HAMAMELIS VIRGINIANA (WITCH HAZEL) (and) WATER (and) ALCOHOL

Xanthan Gum   –   XANTHOMONAS CAMPESTRIS (XANTHAN) GUM

Ylang Ylang Oil  –  CANANGA ODORATA FLOWER (YLANG YLANG EXTRA) OIL

Zinc Oxide ZINC OXIDE

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Just wondering …. quiz 1

What is most important to YOU? My own answer would be that I have to balance safety and cost. (And that is why I started making my own in the first place.)

I have no control over the length of the Other field, and it is pretty short, so please consider leaving a reply with any detailed comments. Thanks for your time! 🙂