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Many fragrances are compounded using synthetic aromatic compounds. These compounds are often much
less expensive then their natural counterparts. Artificial fragrances are also carried in propylene glycol and
butylene glycol. Using 100% natural fragrances is more costly, but it is something we stand behind.
Plant essential oils contain natural compounds that make them particularly appealing to our sense of
smell. These aromatic compounds naturally found in the plants need to be monitored carefully is some cases,
though, as allergic reactions in some people may result. The Scientific Committee on Cosmetic Products (SCCP),
who is a scientific advisor to the European Union, has identified twenty six fragrance ingredients that most
frequently cause skin sensitization reactions. We carefully analyze each of our fragrances for these twenty
six components, making sure we are well below any safety thresholds. We test our finished products to ensure
they have low irritation potential and no skin sensitization as well.
Tom’s of Maine recognizes that
no two people are alike, and even with pure and natural ingredients and proper formula testing, some
individuals may develop an allergic reaction that is unique to them. If you have sensitivities to fragrances
and/or their components and wish to use a Tom’s product that contains natural fragrance, please call our
Consumer Dialogue Team at 800-FOR-TOMS (800-367-8667); they will help you to determine whether the ingredient
you wish to avoid is present in our product. As with any product, be sure to discontinue use if you experience
discomfort or other indications that the product may not be appropriate for your individual body chemistry.
Our natural world contains so many exciting smells. Rather than use synthetic fragrance components,
our philosophy is to use the many fragrant plants that are already present on the Earth. Our products are
fragranced with 100% natural ingredients; we use pure plant essential oils, essential oil blends or blends
that contain naturally derived plant isolates. We believe creating a pure, natural fragrance experience is
worth the extra effort.
Our fragrance “building blocks” are obtained by distillation, CO2
extraction, cold pressing, and fermentation; any carriers used (if necessary) must also meet our criteria of
being 100% natural. Our natural fragrance carriers include glycerin and coconut oil.
We've set high standards in defining "natural", "sustainable", and "responsible". Stewardship Model
A second opinion is always a good idea.
Visit the American Botanical Council for the latest research on our herbal ingredients. Read the expert research