Strawberry Essential Oil: The Truth About Berry Essential Oils and More.

 

The list of essential oils goes on and on:

  • Strawberry
  • Cranberry
  • Blueberry
  • Raspberry
  • Pineapple
  • Coconut
  • Cucumber
  • Pomegranate
  • Watermelon
  • Cantaloupe
  • Honeydew (and any other type of melon)
  • Fig
  • Lychee
  • (some florals also fit into this category such as Lily of the Valley and Lilac).

 

More than once I have been asked about the above listed essential oils and where to buy them, if I can get them in, if they exist, etc.  So I am answering this for everyone, as I believe it needs to be said.  There is no such thing as the above essential oils.  

 

You may have read that they do exist on some misinformed website or you may know someone that has no idea that they are being duped by someone else (intentionally or lack of information on the suppliers part) that uses the product in their soap/lotion, etc.  I can, with 100% certainty, guarantee that the above list is non-existent.  

 

Why is this?

These plants are incapable of making an essential oil.  Many of them produce vegetable oils (Coconut, Cranberry, and Pomegranate for instance) that are either cold-pressed or CO2 (solvent) extracted, but they are not considered essential oils and they do not produce the aroma that the fruit produces.  

 

So if you smell a strawberry or cranberry scent in an item and the person is claiming the product is naturally scented you have two choices… ask what their definition of natural is (a whole different topic for another post) and ask for the latin name of the essential oil (it should be labelled on their item anyway as per Health Canada) or walk away.  

 

Why does this bother me so much?

Most of our customers are trying really hard to be ethical, honest and truthful about the products they sell to the public.  They do their homework and comply with the laws (both written and ethical) where they can (the laws seem to change quite often making 100% compliance difficult at all times).  When a competitor of theirs or a competitor of ours is making false claims it looks bad on the whole industry.  It makes us look like we are unsure of what we are talking about "because I can buy a natural cranberry scented soap from Company ABC who have been in business for 10 years".  It also looks bad on Company ABC when the customer does their homework and sees the truth.  It is very frustrating to those of us that are trying so hard to educate the public about the bath and body industry and it confuses the consumer even more, because soon, they refuse to be educated and trust nobody.  

 

So that is the simple, unfortunate truth.

 

~ Randi

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