So what's the story behind essential oils?
History of essential oils and why I think they're a better perfume than synthetic fragrance.
Essential oils are the concentrated essences of plants, extracted from the seeds, roots, leaves, bark, and other parts of plants. The distillation process separates the oil from other components in the plant to capture its aroma and therapeutic benefits and have been used for thousands of years for its health benefits.
The earliest documented use of essential oils goes back 6,000 years ago to the Ancient Egyptians and has had many uses throughout the ages
The Egyptians used them in their embalming process as well as for perfumes and cosmetics. They also used them in religious rituals and ceremonies like births and marriages. In addition, they burned fragrant resins in their temples as a way of purifying the air before worshiping their gods.
The Greeks and Romans also used essential oils extensively, although they didn’t use them as much for their therapeutic value but rather for their pleasant aroma and their psychoactive effects.
It wasn't until the Middle Ages that they became more widely used throughout Europe. During this period, monks would distill herbs into fragrances using large copper stills called alembics because they believed that these essential oils had healing properties.
During the Renaissance period, many botanists began conducting research on essential oils in an attempt to discover more about their medicinal applications. Some doctors even went so far as to prescribe specific blends of oils for certain ailments!
In ancient times, the only way to have fragrance was by using essential oils that came from plants or flowers. Many people still use essential oils as their primary source of fragrance today because they are believed to be safer than synthetic perfumes and colognes.
Today, they are commonly used in aromatherapy to promote good health and well-being or simply as a way to add fragrance to the body or home.
Regardless of their origin or their creator, oils are all around us and deeply ingrained in our lives.
The Difference Between Synthetic & Natural Fragrances Is Quality.
We know that smell has a huge impact on our moods, but what about other things? Like our health?
In 1880, Ernest Menault-Bardin, a chemist in Paris developed the first synthetic perfume. He wanted a perfume that would mask the scent of decomposed meat. A few years later the phthalate esters were invented. This type of odorant is used in colognes, perfumes, and aftershaves among other things.
Today there are more than 100 different chemicals used as fragrance ingredients. They are made from toxic chemicals, often derived from petroleum, coal, tar, and other harsh ingredients. Some of these chemicals are known allergens or irritants for humans.
I don't know about you, but I didn't want a bunch of weird-sounding and probably not good for me or the environment slathered all over my body.
I started Teal + Moss because I wanted to offer people an alternative to synthetic fragrances by creating products scented with pure essential oils, which come from plants, flowers, and seeds. These natural fragrances are not only healthier for you and the environment, but they also smell better too!
I believe that using natural fragrances is one of the best ways to take care of yourself—and the planet. It's not just about smelling good; it's about being part of a sustainable lifestyle.
Read Below for more information on the essential oils used in each blend.
Bergamot Essential Oil is playfully uplifting, unexpectedly soothing, and is known to have a sweet, fruity aroma that has been said to have an uplifting effect on your mood. It's extracted from the rind of a citrus fruit called Bergamot Orange and has been cultivated since the 16th century in Southern Italy. Look for it in Daydreamer, Go Getter, and So Fresh
Clary sage essential oil has been around since ancient Egypt and was used by the Romans. Clary sage essential oil has a herbaceous scent with slightly floral undertones. It is said to have a relaxing, calming, and uplifting effect on the mind and body. It’s been said to help oily skin by controlling excessive oil secretions. It also promotes the regeneration of skin cells to keep your skin looking healthy. Used in Daydreamer + Detox.
Eucalyptus Essential Oil is distilled from the leaves of the eucalyptus tree, which is native to Australia and the South Pacific. It has been used medicinally for centuries by Australian Aborigines and European settlers alike, who prized it for its antiseptic qualities. It is said to cleanse your skin, preventing acne and soothing redness. Eucalyptus essential oil has a fresh, minty aroma that can uplift your mood. Has antifungal + antibacterial properties. It is commonly used to treat blackheads, acne, and blemishes. Used in Detox.
Frankincense Essential Oil comes from the resin of the Boswellia tree that originates from the Middle East and other areas of Africa. The trees are grown in arid climates with little rainfall, so they tend to grow slowly, but they can live up to 3,000 years! The name frankincense comes from the Latin word “Francinus” meaning free man, which refers to how frankincense was used as a gift for kings in ancient times because it was so expensive. Frankincense has a rich and spicy scent that is both warm and comforting. The aroma helps to clear the mind and is known to relieve stress and anxiety. It is said to have many benefits for the skin such as reducing inflammation, balancing hormones and improving circulation. It also makes it a good choice for oily or acne-prone skin since it helps regulate sebum production and clear out dead skin cells. Used in Detox
Grapefruit essential oil is derived from the rinds of the grapefruit tree. The tree was first discovered in Barbados by Spanish explorers in the 18th century and was named after its resemblance to grapes. The oil is extracted from the rind of grapefruit. It has an uplifting and refreshing scent that is pleasantly sweet and tangy. It’s been said to improve your mood and provide an energy boost making it the perfect choice to get you through your day and face any challenges head-on! Used in So Fresh.
Lavender Essential Oil is one of the most popular essential oils for use in aromatherapy. It's been used since ancient times to promote relaxation and relieve tension, stress, and anxiety. It was even mentioned in the Bible as a perfume. Lavender essential oil has a sweet, floral aroma that can be described as relaxing and calming. It’s been said that the effects on the skin are that it calms and soothes it, balances oil production, heals blemishes, and stimulates circulation. This versatile oil is Used in Daydreamer, Go Getter, + Detox.
Litsea Cubeba essential oil comes from the fruit of a small evergreen tree native to China, Japan, and India. The plant has been used for centuries in Ayurvedic medicine. It's used in aromatherapy to help promote feelings of happiness and balance. The refreshingly sweet yet woody scent has been said to enhance your concentration levels and attention span. Used in So Fresh.
Peppermint Essential Oil was used by the ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans. It can be found growing wild in many places, but it was first cultivated in England during the 17th century. Today, it’s grown commercially in most parts of the world.The essential oil is produced by distilling the leaves of the peppermint plant. It contains menthol and other compounds that give it its distinctive aroma and flavor. Peppermint oil was originally used as an aromatic stimulant because of its energizing cooling effect on the skin. It has been said to ease anxiety, improve focus, and increase energy levels due to its ability to boost blood circulation. Used in Go Getter.
Rosemary essential oil is steam distilled from the leaves and stems of the rosemary plant Its warm, woodsy scent was used by the Ancient Egyptians and Romans. The name comes from the Latin word Rosmarinus which means dew of the sea because of its moisture-retaining properties. It's been said to have positive effects on mood and concentration, The smell of Rosemary has been shown to increase alertness, attention span, and focus by stimulating the mind and improving mental clarity. Rosemary has been known to aid in clearing acne and blemishes by fighting bacteria and regulating oil secretions while promoting cell renewal. Used in Go Getter and Detox
Sweet Orange Essential Oil was used by the ancient Egyptians, and Native Americans. It originated in China and was introduced to Europe in the 16th century. The essential oil is extracted from the peel of the orange and has a sweet + tangy citrus aroma. Its pleasant scent has been referred to as "the happy oil" because of its ability to uplift your mood and energy levels promoting feelings of joy. Used in Go Getter and So Fresh
Tea Tree Essential Oil is one of the most popular essential oils in the world. It is a small, bushy tree native to Australia and has been used by indigenous Australians for thousands of years. It has a strong camphorous, slightly medicinal scent and has been said to have natural antiseptic, antifungal and antibacterial properties making it the preferred choice for those with oily, acne-prone skin. Used in Detox