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The Fragrance Battle: Harmful Fragrance Oils vs Natural Essential Oils

Fragrances have a unique ability to transport us to different times and places, evoke cherished memories, and set the mood in our living spaces. Whether it’s the inviting scent of a freshly baked pie, or the soothing aroma of a lavender field, fragrances play a significant role in our lives. However, not all fragrances are created equal. Trust us. You don’t want to stop and smell all the rose smelling stuff! In this blog, we’ll explore the fundamental differences between harmful fragrance oils and natural essential oils, focusing on why In The Weeds Premium Botanical Products chooses the latter.


What Are Fragrance Oils?


Fragrance oils, often found in a wide array of commercial products, are synthetic concoctions created to mimic the scent of various natural elements. While these fragrance oils can indeed deliver pleasant and long-lasting scents, they come with a set of potential drawbacks, such as:


  1. Synthetic Compounds: Harmful fragrance oils are primarily composed of synthetic compounds, many of which are derived from petrochemicals. These artificial ingredients can pose health risks, especially for those with sensitivities, allergies, or respiratory issues. Many chemicals found in fragrance oils, like phthalates, are specifically toxic to ovaries and can impact fertility and stimulate reproductive problems in both men and women. Phthalates have also been linked to birth defects.

  2. Hidden Ingredients: Due to a lack of FDA oversight, manufacturers are not required to disclose the individual components of synthetic fragrance oils, which means you often don’t know what you’re exposing yourself to. This lack of transparency is concerning, particularly for people with chemical sensitivities.

  3. Allergic Reactions: Synthetic fragrances are a common trigger for allergic reactions including skin irritation, headaches, nausea, and respiratory problems. The chemicals used in these fragrances can be harsh on the skin and respiratory system.


What Are Natural Essential Oils?


On the other hand, natural essential oils are extracted directly from various parts of plants, including the leaves, flowers, stems and roots. They offer an aromatic experience that is not only delightful but therapeutic. In The Weeds places a strong emphasis on using natural essential oils in our products for a variety of compelling reasons. A few of which are as follows.


  1. Pure and Natural: Natural essential oils are exactly what their name suggests - 100% pure and natural extracts from plants. They are free from synthetic additives, making them a healthier and safer choice.

  2. Therapeutic Benefits: Essential oils offer a wide range of therapeutic benefits, from reducing stress and anxiety to alleviating pain and promoting better sleep. These natural properties can positively impact your well-being.

  3. Transparency: When you use products containing natural essential oils, you have a clear understanding of what you’re getting. There’s no mystery about the ingredients used, which promotes transparency and peace of mind. With that being said, be weary of companies that mislead the purity of the oils they sell. Read the ingredients list and make sure one is provided. The only ingredient should be the essential oil itself.

  4. Reduced Allergic Reactions: Natural essential oils are generally well-tolerated by most individuals, particularly when they are used in their pure form. They are less likely to cause allergic reactions or skin irritations.



In The Weeds understands the importance of providing products that are not only delightful but also safe for our customers. This is why we choose natural essential oils over harmful fragrance oils. By doing so, we offer a host advantages, including:


  1. Healthier Products: In The Weeds’ products are crafted with your well-being in mind. We use natural essential oils to create fragrances that are not only alluring, but also beneficial for your mental and physical health.

  2. Transparency: When you purchase In The Weeds products, you can trust that you’re getting natural goodness. We believe in transparency and make it clear that our fragrances come from pure, natural sources.

  3. Aromatherapy Benefits: In The Weeds Premium Botanical Products take advantage of the therapeutic properties of essential oils to create products that enhance your overall quality of life. From relaxation to rejuvenation, our candles and botanical items offer more than just pleasant scents.


In the battle between harmful fragrance oils and natural essential oils, the latter emerges as the clear winner for those who value their health and well-being. In The Weeds Premium Botanical Products not only recognizes this but also champions the use of natural essential oils to bring you products that elevate your senses and promote a healthier, happier life.


Experience the difference for yourself and make the switch to products that use natural essential oils. In doing so, you’ll not only enjoy delightful fragrances but also the many therapeutic benefits that nature has to offer and In The Weeds showcases in our carefully concocted products.





Lika Torline, Founder, CEO & Licensed Esthetician
Lika Torline, Founder, CEO & Licensed Esthetician


About Us

In The Weeds creates handcrafted products that are 100% cruelty-free and made with premium all-natural botanicals, butters, and essential oils. Everything is packaged in eco-friendly, recyclable containers for health and planet-conscious consumers. We center the development of products for intimate spaces and places around the following pillars and the promise that our products will not contain parabens, sulfates, fragrances (aka EDCs), or aluminum.


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