Thursday, April 04, 2013

Thoughts on the new EU regulation re: harmonization, toxicity of natural essential oils

Working with rose oil for my new perfume in the making is a tremendous challenge because even though many products made in the USA don't comply with the new EU regulations for fragrances to contain natural essential oils at a ratio of no more than 0.001% of the finished product, I'm already anticipating having to reformulate products to comply according to a global standard. I am not too familiar with aromachemicals that perfumers in the EU use, but in the US, we have access to fragrance oils which are mostly comprised of natural and synthetic elements, as well as access to pure essential oils.

I'll admit I'm a bit shocked and confused by the new regulations; is this going to be the end of natural perfumery and aromatherapy? Am I to believe that naturals are more dangerous for the human body than synthetics? I find it incredible that properly diluted rose or lemon oil can harm more people more severely than non-biodegradable synthetic musks or hercolyn-D which is considered skin safe even though the MSDS sheet says you need to be careful of too much inhalation. The focus on allergens found only in naturals sounds ludicrous, as if synthetic chemicals can never irritate anyone.

The harmonization directive set forth by IFRA sounds like an anti-natural movement, like Catholic hospitals uniting against "dangerous" Asian / New Age holistic remedies like reiki and chiropractics that can make people more aware of their bodies, or the Vatican issuing a warning against the use of the Enneagram which introduces to the psyche a "dangerous" sense of self. What can be so threatening about self-awareness, save for the pharmaceutical industry's global authority and bottom line?

If you're a long term reader of my blog, you know I've blogged about Codex Alumentarius. I think all this anti-naturals business is related to the harmonization that is being pressed for the global food industry. We can only hope and believe in good faith that it's truly for our health and not for the profiteers in the food industry to make natural foods from the earth obsolete while capitalizing on them by trademarking the earth's bounty. Some might say naturals are being hoarded by a few, like the beauty industry is supposedly hoarding ingredients like jojoba oil to capitalize on any and all therapeutic benefits that nature can offer.