FDA and Product Labeling of Fragrances



I'm walking through the department store and I see in the impulse section that they have essential oils and I get excited because I love essential oils and I use very high quality high grade essential oils so I grabbed one wanted to see what it looked like when I looked at it it said that it was a hundred percent pure essential oil but they were all the same price there were several different essential oils and they were all the same price now I know that when I buy my essential oils they're not all the same price because each one takes a little bit of different effort and work to get it into the bottle the way it's harvested the way they have to distill it the way it's bottled is totally different the way you would do lavender is not the same way that you would do peppermint and so I was really shocked to see that they could all do it at the same price and they could all say on the back that there are a hundred percent pure essential oil what I found is that they're allowed to say that they're 100 percent essential oil even if the whole bottle is not 100% essential oil that could mean that maybe one percent of that bottle is 100% pure essential oil and the rest is just water or it's the waste oil that comes from when the pure oils are distilled the reason they are able to label these oils like that is because right now there are very big regulations on labeling essential oils and I want to show you right on the FDA website the law does not require our cosmetics to have FDA approval before they go on the market but the FDA can take action against a cosmetic on the market if we have reliable information showing that is unsafe when consumers use it according to directions on the label or in the customary or unexpected way or if it is not labeled properly companies are allowed to use the word fragrance parfum natural flavoring or just flavoring because it gives them the opportunity to maintain trade secrets here's why straight from the FDA website FDA requires a list of ingredients under the they're packaging and labeling Act this law is not allowed to be used to force a company to tell trade secrets fragrance and flavor formulas are complex mixtures of many different natural and synthetic chemical ingredients and they are the kinds of cosmetic components that are most likely to be trade secrets to learn more you can see the regulation on cosmetic ingredient labeling and the Federal Register notice for this regulation which addresses trade secrets in the FPL a what this tells me is you need to do your own research as I was doing my own research digging into the FDA website what I learned is that fragrance is very vague and essential oils right now are considered a cosmetic product they are used to enhance your skin or enhance an appearance so they are considered cosmetic and through that that 100% lavender oil is considered the fragrance name so even though it says lavender oil it could include a whole array of things now the oils that I get they have very specific plant names that they use and in parentheses they have the regular name the oil would be called so the one example that I have is lavender oil now when I look at the ingredients list and I'm probably gonna butcher the name and I apologize but it's Lavin doula angustifolia oil and in parentheses it has lavender so I know what that means but when I did my own research and dug deeper that means that this is English lavender oil so not only do I know that it's lavender oil I know the origin in which it is found that it is the specific because there are three types of lavender oil this is specifically English lavender oil that's used for this the other example I have is peppermint so instead of saying that it's just 100% peppermint oil it says that it's Modena Prieta oil and that's important you want to know where your oils are coming from you want to know how they are being bottled how being harvested that is why I choose Young Living Essential Oils because I know there is no middleman if your essential oil brain that you use has a middleman can you verify that they are as pure as the company that you're getting them from ours does third-party testing to ensure that every oil they get meets the standard that they want it to meet the other thing you want to ensure is that they look at it from seed to seal and that's what Young Living does Young Living owns and co owns all of their farms and they ensure that the minute that the seed is planted to the minute it goes to your doorstep it meets all the required testing and nothing is adult 'red I have had many friends visit several of their firms and see the quality of the oil that they bottle they also have a third-party quality check their oil before it's completed and one good tatooed that you want to ensure your oils are tested for which I'm probably gonna butcher these names is gas chromatography and mass spectrum em MIDI which short is a GC ms test these tests determine if the oils have been add altered to appear as higher quality they also test to ensure purity and quality of each oil I believe that labels can be deceiving and consumers are not aware of what they're bringing into their home on the EPA website it says that our inside air is 2 to 5 times more toxic than our outside air that is scary that's also why I have started making small changes to help my air in my home be less toxic and as I'm doing that I'm starting to put a booklet together and I want to share that with you you can go to my website at purified journey comm and sign up to receive my booklet where I go through some DIYs some different products that I've started switching and ditching to help my air inside be less toxic

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  1. Great video! Is that your space? It is really nice.

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