Debunking Myths: Synthetic Fragrances in Your Air Freshener

Debunking Myths: Synthetic Fragrances in Your Air Freshener

Here at Enviroscent, we stand by safer scents — it’s simply what we’re made of. People + pets + the planet are always top of mind. Even so, we wanted to clear up any confusion about synthetic fragrances. They often get a bad rap 👎, when in reality, you can have a safe air freshener that contains them. We’re here to debunk the bogus myth that synthetic fragrances are unsafe, because it’s just not true. So breathe easy + get ready to have your mind blown 🤯.

What exactly are synthetic fragrances?

Synthetic fragrances contain chemicals that are not derived from a natural source (aka they are made in a lab). Some synthetic fragrances can include nasty chemicals like benzene derivatives (carcinogenic) or toluene. 🤢 we never use any of this nasty junk because it’s simply not necessary when making a healthier synthetic fragrance, so we leave all that other stuff out to ensure a safer synthetic formula. 

But here’s the thing about synthetic fragrances: they’re not all bad. Let us explain.

Can synthetic fragrances be the safer choice?

Sometimes it’s actually safer to use a synthetic fragrance than a natural one (mic drop) 😱. This is because mother nature is a tricky lady, and sometimes a natural fragrance can have harmful, toxic properties in its all-natural state. But when making a fragrance ingredient that smells natural, those natural toxins can be removed from the equation, making it safer to breathe but still smelling, well, like nature intended!

It’s also important to point out that unnatural (synthetic) fragrances don’t cause more allergic reactions 🤧 than natural. Any fragrance can contain allergens, unless they are removed, because allergens come in all shapes + sizes (synthetically + naturally occurring).

Why we use a combo of synthetic + natural fragrances

We call our scents nature-inspired 🌱 because we use nature as the roadmap, but not the end-all-be-all source. Sure, we use our fair share of natural ingredients. But as we mentioned above, sometimes a fragrance in its natural state can still harbor some pretty nasty (natural) toxins in there.

When it comes to natural fragrances, there can be safety hazards, respiratory sensitizers, allergens + carcinogens in those too. That’s why we only choose from the safest natural + synthetic ingredients. By making fragrances the right way, we make can sure none of those nasty chemicals, from naturally-occurring ingredients or from synthetic sources, ever make it into your air. 

What we’re trying to say here is that it’s important to remember that the word "natural" does not mean safe.  After all, poison ivy + poison oak are both "natural.” And we definitely don’t want any part of those!

The Enviroscent promise

Here’s what we promise to you: by using a combo of both safer synthetic + natural ingredients, you can rest assured that you won’t find any of the unnecessary fillers + nasty chemicals that dilute or pollute a scent.

Be it synthetic or natural, we only choose the safest scents every. Single. Time. 👏 so that means we never use parabens, phthalates, pbts, synthetic carcinogens, mutagens, etc. We follow the strictest safety guidelines from the ifra — international fragrance association. 💯 but that’s just our starting point. We also follow the EPA safer choice interim fragrance criteria, and then we slap on our own tough regulations on top of all that. Humble brag, but we’re pretty strict when it comes to safety 🚔.

Sniff for yourself

Now that you understand the technical talk, let’s get down to the fun stuff. We’re all spending a lot more time inside lately, so if you can’t be outside enjoying the fresh spring air, why not bring it inside? 🌷Our newest scent, moss + minerals, blends crisp notes of green tea, fresh moringa, wild water lilies, clean spearmint + sweet fennel with subtle earthy notes of petrichor — the smell of earth 🌎 + rain 🌦️. It’s the next best thing to a walk in the park. 🚶

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