A Rose is a Rose....Or is it?

We're always on the look out for a botanical or fruit extract that will provide a truly organic, natural scent to our products. As with any ingredient we choose, it must provide a benefit to the skin and not be sensitizing. We haven't found it yet. (No, not essential oils..while wonderful for many things, skin is not one of them. They are simply too strong and "solvent like" for the skin--- damage to the skin barrier is cumulative).

The term "natural" gets tricky when we're talking about fragrance. It's little more than a marketing term. Saying a fragrance is "Phthalate" free simply means that that there are no "Phthalates" in the fragrance. It doesn't cover the host of other chemicals that lurk in there.

We'll continue to explore fruit and botanical extracts that can provide a scent while still respecting the skin. Until then, we will continue not to add fragrance of any kind to our products.

Here's a great article from


Ahhh...the sweet smell of petrochemicals! The Environmental Working Group (EWG) reports that, while many popular perfumes, colognes and body sprays contain trace amounts of natural essences, they also typically contain a dozen or more potentially hazardous synthetic chemicals, some of which are derived from petroleum. To protect trade secrets, makers are allowed to withhold fragrance ingredients, so consumers can’t rely on labels to know what hazards may lurk inside that new bottle of perfume.

“A rose may be a rose,” reports EWG. “But that rose-like fragrance in your perfume may be something else entirely, concocted from any number of the fragrance industry’s 3,100 stock chemical ingredients, the blend of which is almost always kept hidden from the consumer.”