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Choosing Fragrances

 

This article pertains to a brand of candles we carry from, Aloha Bay. Enjoy!

In 1990, Dr. Mookherjee performed two side-by-side experiments on picked fresh blossoms and then compared them to living flowers in potted plants. By collection and analysis of the headspace volatiles over various living and picked flowers, fruits, herbs, and spices, the differences in these experiments' aroma profiles demonstrate that chemical changes occur following the picking of flowers, fruits, and herbs creating dramatic differences in the aroma profiles.

For example with jasmine, Dr. Mookherjee's experiments demonstrated that the important constituent, indole, which is in high concentration (11%) in the living flower, is decreased to 2% in the picked blossom. Likewise benzyl acetate, was 65% in the living flowers and only 40% in the picked flower. At the same time, the linalool content increases from 3% in the living blossom to 30% in the picked flower.

Paradoxically, instead of encouraging people to grow more fresh herbs and flowers to smell their favorite fragrances, his research provided a better way to an already 50 year old expanding industry to synthetically produce cheaper aromatic chemicals. By manipulating the molecular structure of certain petroleum industry by-products, scientists have learned to create in the lab an enormous array of fragrances, many quite unknown to nature. Recent advances in this field of chemistry have flooded the market with these low-cost imitation fragrances, which are today the basis of almost all perfumes, cosmetics, and a rapidly growing number of scented household products.

Types of Fragrance

In order to stay competitive with other manufacturers and to respond to the preferences of the majority of our customers, Aloha Bay offers three types of fragrances:

For organic consumers, we offer certified 100% organic wax and 100% organic essential oils.

For individuals who want only therapeutic grade essential oils, we provide palm wax grown without any fertilizers or pesticides but are not certified.

  For those interested in nature-identical synthetic fragrances we provide the highest quality and concentration of perfume blends with essential oils.

Why Offer Essential Oil Scents?

Essential oils undeniably have been found to carry positive properties from the plant materials that they were extracted from. In the days before the advent of modern synthetic organic chemistry, the art of perfumery depended, for the most part, on the natural oils and extracts of flowers, fruits, roots or exudates of plants. This aroma continues to change with the process of decay and distillation. The reason being that when the umbilical cord connecting the fruit or flower to the plant is severed, the excised plant part may then be thought of as being, in effect, biologically dead, and the aroma changes perceptibly.

In the early 1900's, Bose, a renowned biochemist, proved by electro-stimulation experiments that plants are not mute. Plants express their feelings in response to abuse or care. If a plant is injured there is a definite electrical response to the injury. We have now proven that the plant's chemistry also changes to reflect the changing state of the plant.

Fragrance oils falls into the FDA's jurisdiction and their "trade-secret" law. This means that the manufacturer of the fragrance does not have to disclose the ingredients used in making their fragrances. In 1986, The National Academy of Sciences reported that 95% of the chemicals used in fragrances are synthetic fragrances derived from petroleum. They recommended synthetic fragrances should be given priority for neurotoxicity studies. Benzene datives, Aldehydes, Limonene, Benzaldehyde, Methlene chloride, and other toxins and sensitizers capable of causing cancer, birth defects, central nervous system and allergic reactions have been identified. To encourage consumers to try 100% therapeutic quality essential oil fragrances we offer them at the same price as the synthetics.

Why Synthetics?

There are famous and much beloved scents that can only be found in synthetic fragrance oils and perfumes. Some fragrances (most florals and non-citrus fruits) simply can't be obtained naturally. Even the best essential oil datives smell nothing like the actual plant. We recently surveyed customers who buy our products online and 80% responded that they want their favorite fragrances no matter how the scents are derived. We need to provide our customers the candles they want to stay in business. We can then afford to develop more 'naturally occurring' supplements, Himalayan salt, and essential oil products.

No Scent Also Makes Good Sense

There are some folks who are particularly sensitive to synthetic fragrances and even sometimes just plain allergic to them; however, in all fairness, there are likely as many folks sensitive to specific pure essential oils. Likewise, there are occasions when unscented candles are more appropriate. To satisfy scent-sensitive customers such as yoga and meditation centers that want a pure clean air quality, and fine gourmets who would never light scented candles at their meals, we offer the world's largest selection of unscented Palm Wax 100% vegan candles.

What's Best for the Environment

We are a principal sponsor of www.organicconsumers.org and do everything we can to support organic farmers. However, going 100% green or organic (although more environmentally friendly and sustainable) has some limitations. Prices for the true oils of rose, jasmine and certain other "aromatic jewels" range in the thousands of U.S. dollars per pound even when purchased in volume directly from the producers. Most other delicate flowers give even fewer yields, and are simply not commercially produced or available at any price. In general, fragrance oils tend to be more affordable than essential oils.

Even if an essential oil is natural, it does not mean that the means from which it was extracted is natural. There are several methods for extracting essential oils, and some use chemical solvents in the process for certain oils. Many oils made in this fashion are still labeled "natural", but it all comes down to how you personally define purity.

Many don't realize that the majority of the essential oils, or the materials to make them come from overseas. The fuel used either by flight or by sea alone could very well make up for any advantage that essential oils have over fragrance oils in terms of being environmentally friendly. In 2008, taking another step toward the environmental good judgment "to buy locally", Aloha Bay launched a candle line with the wax and essential oils organically farmed from the Western and Midwest United States and the glass, wooden lids, labels, and cotton wicks all produced on the East Coast.

Another blow to the theory that going natural is always more environmentally friendly is that hundreds of pounds of plant matter can be needed to make a single ounce of essential oil. Certain plants used to create essential oils such as sandalwood, cedarwood, and rosewood oil are endangered by over-harvesting. Such heavy usage of natural resources can create an imbalance in the environment for types of essential oils that are extracted from "non-renewable" resources. We offer a sandalwood scent that contains Australian sandalwood and nature identical synthetics. Also, we are working with perfumers to come up with natural sandalwood scent that does not contain any endangered sandalwood plant material.

Our mission at Aloha Bay is to offer 'naturally occurring' products at competitive prices, so you have an alternative to synthetic fragrances. We can offer synthetic and essential oil fragranced candles at the same price because we distill some of our own essential oils; buy significant quantities from major brokers; and work with small local farmers and distillers.

Our hope is to encourage you to find ways to use naturally occurring vitamins, salts, and scents to improve your lives and our planet.

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