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Illumination Essential Oil Blend

Illumination Essential Oil Blend
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Illumination Essential Oil Blend

 Lake + Skye Illumination Essential Oil Blend

Lake + Skye Illumination Essential Oil Blend

Brightening, Uplifting, Majestic.

You are a beautiful, radiant being. Sometimes, everyday emotional and spiritual residue takes over. This vivacious blend helps to restore that natural glow from the inside out – it brightens, energizes and elevates. Warmth, playfulness and a presence that can uplift others are evidence of radiance. This blend wipes away emotional strain to refresh the mind, revealing a beaming, radiant being.

Combines the energizing top notes of Blood Orange, Grapefruit and Lemon, with a heart of Jasmine Grandiflorum and a base of Frankincense, Sandalwood in Organic Jojoba Oil.

frankincense: in ancient times, frankincense was considered more valuable then gold. this floral supports protection and clarity, it invites in the helping spirits and clears the auric field of negative energy and other residue left over from our own thoughts and other people’s energy. excellent for clearing and purifying the home and office spaces, frankincense is the middle eastern equivalent of sage and often used by feng-shui practitioners. considered as food for the gods, it deepens and expands the energetic body and is great for use prior to meditation, while lending support to overcoming fear and improving attitude.  

grapefruit: a natural immunity booster, grapefruit oil is cold pressed from the rind. this refreshing scent assists with building mental clarity and self-confidence, overcoming insecurities and negative emotions tied to past experiences.

jasmine grandiflorum: extracted from the jasmine flower in india, which opens its blooms to the morning sun, this calming oil promotes love and peace. known as the ultimate aphrodisiac, it increases inner strength and charisma, attracts love and sets a calm and sensual mood. jasmine is thought to resonate on both physical and spiritual levels, for mental and emotional peace, astral travel and to lift the spirit.

jojoba: jojoba is actually a wax, not an oil, extracted from the seed of the plant native to the mojave deserts of mexico, california and arizona. it has countless beauty benefits including rich antioxidant ingredients and it is a powerful skin softener. the molecular structure of jojoba closely resembles our own skins natural sebum, making it an gentle and non-greasy moisturizer. it is often used in aromatherapy as carrier oil, which dilutes essential oils so they are safe for topical application.

lemon: sourced from sicily, this warming, uplifting aroma can be used to increase mental clarity and refresh the spirit. both energizing and purifying, lemon oil is often used for reducing stress and can remove negative emotions to be replaced by compassion and love. it is often used to rejuvenating the skin.

orange: this energizing scent is a natural euphoric and mood elevator. extracted by cold pressing from the peel, this oil opens the heart and mind for love, joy and happiness. helping to alleviate sadness and anxiety, orange refreshes and stimulates the mind.

sandalwood: long used in ayurvedic medicine for healings, enlightenment, and enhancing selflove, sandalwood is extremely sacred in eastern religions. steam distilled from wood, this relaxant soothes the nerves and promotes sleep while alleviating anxiety and fear. it also influences intuition, inner peace and alignment with a higher purpose.

Apply to pulse points: inside wrists, either side of the neck or behind ears. Can also be applied to the palms, rub together and inhale the scent with 3 deep breaths. For best results, shake well before application. Due to all natural ingredients, there may be some settlement of the oils.

Credo on Fragrance

 

Fragrance Basics:  What is it?

 

When fragrance, and/or parfum, is listed as one of the ingredients on skin care labels, it refers to scents (aromas) that chemists create in laboratories by manipulating petroleum derivatives’ to manufacture synthetic molecules; they are far from plant-based. 

 

One particular fragrance can often contain a combination of over 200 unique aromatic molecules.  But these molecules will never be individually listed on the label. Instead, they are grouped together and identified only as fragrance. The FDA cosmetic labeling laws permits this because they recognize fragrance as a trade secret, and its protected by the Fair Packaging and Labeling Act. 

 

The Problem

 

Synthetic scent molecules have been found to contain components that may be allergens and harmful to our health and the health of the environment.  Phthalates are a good example of a type of molecule widely used in fragrance that has been singled out as potentially carcinogenic. 

 

There may be well over 3000 molecules used in creating synthetic fragrances, but the majority of these chemicals have never been tested for safety. That means for those who are allergic and sensitive to fragrance, the exact molecule responsible for their adverse reaction may never be known. 

 

The Confusion:

 

In the new age of “clean” beauty, green cosmetic science has been able to find safer ways to create synthetic aromas, without using phthalates and other petroleum derived substances. They have also found new technologies to naturally isolate particular molecules from genuine essential oils, and use these new components to scent products rather than incorporating whole essential oil. If formulators use these safer kinds of aromatic molecules in their products, they may still be listed as fragrance, or parfum on the label – but consumers may never know the difference.

 

In addition to these advances in green cosmetic science, the labeling laws that affect the international market of cosmetics have also contributed to further confusing the consumer. 

 

For example, US brands have had to use words like fragrance /parfum /aroma on their labels in order to comply with the directives of the global marketplace. In such instances, however, the word aroma should only refer to scents that are created with essential oils, and parfum (or fragrance) should refer to an aromatic blend (preferably plant based, though not required) that is proprietary.  To make the consumer more comfortable navigating this language on the labels, it is advisable that brands should make known that their aroma or proprietary fragrance / parfum is 100% plant based. 

 

Credo’s Take:

 

To steer clear of synthetic fragrances as best as possible, and avoid products that list fragrance and parfum on their labels without indicating whether  or not their proprietary blends are phthalate-free synthetics or aromatic blends that are entirely made up of genuine essential oils.

 

To celebrate brands that work hard to avoid using the word fragrance or parfum all together, and commit to scenting their products with genuine essential oils, plant extracts and natural derivatives.

 

To monitor labels: Educate consumers to: 

1) Recognize if a product is scented with essential oils and naturals, rather than synthetic fragrance molecules, by showing how the essential oils must (according to FDA Labeling requirements) be listed individually and follow the INCI (International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients) format, so it would look something like this:  Lavendula angustifolia (lavender) oil. 

2) And if the brand is following the EU labeling laws, and they are required to include the word fragrance/parfum or aroma, they must indicate that their proprietary blend is made with natural and/or phthalate-free components. 

3)  The scent /aroma portion of a skin care or cosmetic formula is always listed   near the bottom of the ingredient deck, and ranges between .5% - 2.5% of the entire formula.  This not only makes it easy to locate the aromatic components when reading the label, and but it also reassures us that the amounts of these molecules actually making contact with our skin is quite small. 

 

References:

 

FDA

EWG

Invisible Disabilities Association

European Commission

Basenotes

Cosmetics Science Technology

 

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