Why INSTINKS use essential oils and not fragrance

Firstly the main reason is that we cannot list the ingredients in fragrance, and we list every single ingredient in all of our products we make at INSTINKS. IT IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT THAT WE CAN LIST EVERY INGREDIENT SO YOU KNOW WHAT YOU ARE PUTTING ON YOUR SKIN. We have many customers with allergies and unless they can know every ingredient in a product they are using they may end up with skin issues. We give our customers back control with their bath and body choices.  Many people also have Fragrance allergies and often may not realise its fragrance causing some irritations due to unknown ingredients. Eczema in particular has risen dramatically over the past few years along with many other skin irritations.

If you listed every ingredient you put on your skin in one day, you would probably be shocked. Keeping in mind that you cannot list the ingredients in all the fragrance you would use, this makes it nearly impossible for a diagnosis of what could be causing any skin irritation. 

This is why our ingredients matter to us at INSTINKS and listing every single ingredient. 


Fragrance allergy is an allergic contact dermatitis to a fragrance chemical.
So many people have this and may not even realise that fragrance is the issue.
Fragrance allergies can also affect the eyes, not just skin issues, causing extreme redness, irritation, tearing and burning, and some swelling of the eyelids. Sneezing, runny nose, nasal congestion, headache, even breathing difficulties can also be triggered by a strong odor.


Trade secret laws keep companies from disclosing proprietary fragrance blends, but that means we don't actually know what's in many of the  products we use. There could be 10 ingredients that go into the "fragrance" listed on your body lotion or bath bomb, or there could be 500.


What ingredients are hidden in fragrance?

Chemicals often used to make fragrances are known to be allergens, hormone disruptors, asthma triggers, neurotoxins and carcinogens. Phthalates, a group of chemicals commonly found in nail polishes, lotions and hair care products, are known endocrine disruptors that can damage the reproductive system
Fragrance chemicals, like other toxic chemicals, can pass from the skin and into the blood.


Fragrances commonly contain phthalates, which are chemicals that help the scents last longer. Health risks for phthalates are startling and include cancer, human reproductive and developmental toxicity, endocrine disruption, birth defects & respiratory problems. These ingredients are very hard to avoid because manufacturers are not required to list them on ingredient labels.

The fragrance industry regulates itself, so that safety testing does not have to be confirmed by regulators before products are sold to consumers.

SO AT INSTINKS WE CHOOSE NOT TO USE FRAGRANCE, including natural fragrance as we do not know the ingredients, and when it comes to skin issues or allergies, knowledge and choice is power. 


This is why we choose essential oils and we list every ingredient in our pure essential oil blends., so you can have power of choice


Essential oils have been utilised to promote health and wellness for thousands of years. Many individuals have started using essential oils instead of perfume in recent years because they give several benefits that commercial fragrances do not. Essential oils are also a fantastic way to smell nice without wearing synthetic perfume. This is why we have launched an essential oil solid perfume range.

IN AROMATHERAPY, essential oils have four modes of action in interacting with the human body.

  1. Pharmacological: the effects of chemical changes which take place when an essential oil enters the bloodstream and reacts with hormones, enzymes, etc.;
  2. Physiological: the way an essential oil affects the systems of the body, whether they are sedated or stimulated, etc.;
  3. Psychological: the individual response to the inhaled aroma of an essential oil.
  4. Holistic: the human body’s total response to an essential oil, including but not limited to, the responses listed above. Aromatherapy and essential oils have been around for thousands of years. And now scientific research has proven that these wonderful smelling substances are complex and powerful with remarkable medicinal properties.
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