February 24, 2016
Organic perfume created without toxic chemical ingredients is not easy to find and perfume manufacturers are often secretive about the ingredients they use. Eco News Network recently caught up with Acorelle’s Lucie Herlin to learn more about organic perfume and Acorelle. Here Lucie explains some perfume manufacturing basics and ingredients and why organic perfume is the eco-responsible choice for those of use that want to smell great and be healthy at the same time.
Originally, all perfumes were made from plant extracts. However, synthetic fragrances, which are often more stable and less costly have flooded the world of perfumery. Now all conventional perfumes contain a large majority of such ingredients. As a result they have become less biodegradable, are less well tolerated and thought to be responsible for allergies, skin intolerance, and respiratory illnesses.
Furthermore, for the formulations of conventional perfume, manufacturers remain completely secretive and many chemical ingredients have never been subject to real toxicity tests. Indeed unlike cosmetics, the regulation does not require that the ingredients falling in the composition of a perfume, synthetic or organic, be detailed on the label. They are all grouped under the term “parfum” (or Aroma or Fragrance). It is therefore impossible to know what a traditional (synthetic) perfume contains. However an organic perfume follows precise rules or requirements which exclude all chemical substances.
While chemical ingredients have lower costs and are standardized, they are potentially toxic (for humans and the environment) and may contain parabens, phthalates, chemical solvents and chemical colorings. For example: synthetic musks bioaccumulate, have low biodegradability and may have contaminants such as radioactivity and GMOs.
A word about those phthalates added in conventional perfumes. To prevent alcohol from being consumed as a spirit and because spirits (liquor, wine, beer, etc.) are heavily taxed, the alcohol must be certified as denatured. To do this, manufacturers add this chemical substance called phthalates. However phthalates are classified as endocrinal disruptive having a harmful effect over the long term.
Today wearing an organic perfume is part of an eco-responsible trend: better for the health but also for the environment, as the raw materials used are extracted through processes that respect the environment.
Acorelle perfumes are 100% natural plant based fragrances, paraben-free (preservatives), phthalates-free (denatured alcohol), without substances that bioaccumulate, chemical fixers, nitro musks, or animal ingredients. These Acorelle perfumes are 100% natural, made from concentrated active essential oils.
The 100% organic alcohol used in Acorelle perfum is certified as denatured by the French government by virtue of the essential oils that are added, not by the addition of phthalates, as is the case with most denatured alcohols.
Essential oils are very important in Acorelle’s perfume formulations not only because they make beautiful scents but also because they can have an effect on mood and emotions bringing balance, energy, or calm.
-Lucie Herlin, Acorelle
Photos courtesy of Acorelle.