As I strive to consistently keep my customers informed and interested, I like to make use of the “daily prompt” in terms of assisting me in which direction to take my publication for the day. The topic of “safety” is one that is dear to Scentsy, and myself.
I have previously covered the notion of fire safety in: ‘Tis The Season to Prevent Home Fires, this is well worth a read in the lead up to Christmas, or indeed for anyone who isn’t familiar with the Scentsy System safety focus. But what about what makes Scentsy products safe to use in your home?
First and foremost- you can be 100% confident that Scentsy wax and fragrances are formaldehyde-free. This may not be true of all paraffin based wax, but we have an advantage: Scentsy candles are wickless and combustion-free. In most cases, formaldehydes in wax are a function of the actual combustion process of burning wax which converts or oxidizes the original material. Forest fires, automobile exhaust and even tobacco smoke can all contain formaldehydes, but they all involve combustion, which Scentsy products don’t have by design. No fire hazard AND no formaldehyde, can your store bought wicked candle measure up in terms of these safety aspects?
But what about synthetic fragrance? Shouldn’t all Scentsy’s products rely only on natural 100% essential (natural) ingredients all the time? If this were the case then Fragrance companies could only offer a limited number of unique fragrances. Plus, on the proviso that money was no object and mass deforestation was an acceptable green approach (NO THANKS!), then that may be achievable.
Scentsy use natural fragrance where possible (some scents in nature can not be extracted and turned into fragrance in their essential form), and where ethical (no destruction of habitat to suit the whim of the consumer thankfully). The premise that “all synthetic ingredients are harmful” is scientifically based, but is rather the subjective opinion of a vocal minority. This is not to deny that some synthetic ingredients have been found to be potentially harmful. Even some naturally occurring fragrance ingredients have been found to be harmful—depending upon how they are used.
Another frequently bandied about acronym/concern in the world of home fragrance is VOC- namely a Volatile Organic Compound. Relative to this acronym, the word volatile means the tendency of a substance to evaporate. In specific regard to harmful VOCs- Scentsy fragrance products do not contain or release any harmful VOCs. Scentsy fragrance products are specially formulated and tested to comply with EPA regulations and the International Fragrance Association’s Code of Practice, both of which restrict the use of fragrance ingredients that pose a risk to consumer health or the environment.
Take home message? Scentsy require the fragrance houses they work with to be active, fee-paying members of IFRA, the International Fragrance Association. IFRA conducts and collects empirical scientific studies to determine which ingredients are safe and at what levels, for each product function. Additionally, Scentsy develops every fragrance and product to be in compliance with the European Union’s REACH requirements and California’s Prop 65 standards, which are strict environmental and health safety regulations. Scentsy = Safe.
A final topic to consider in the safely of Scentsy Fragrance products is- “intended usage.” For example, Scentsy wax bars are to fragrance your home, but not intended to replace your current deodorant. Our Sunkissed Citrus Scentsy Bar contains a fairly high quantity of essential orange oils. These smell great coming from a Scentsy warmer, but would likely irritate your skin if you tried to turn it into a “personal fragrance” product. The same would be true of trying to use a Scentsy Room Spray as a body spray. Every product Scentsy develop is specifically tailored to exceed the safety requirements of the product’s intended usage. That is- every product is developed with your safety as a primary concern.
I hope that this collection of information has helped assure you, that Scentsy and Safety go hand in hand. Now let’s get to the fun stuff and get SHOPPING! 😉
With thanks to: http://scentsyblog.com/scentsy-blog/entryid/101/fragrance-safety-clearing-up-the-confusion.aspx#sthash.DdZFEg8C.dpuf