As Aromatherapy skincare experts, we love the idea of incorporating all things Aromatherapy as a way to enhance the spa experience. We recently came across a great article we clipped back in April written by Jimm Harrison of Skin Inc. Magazine on tips for incorporating an Aromatherapy Bar as a way to add value to the spa experience. The article makes the distinction between an authentic Aromatherapy bar and a fragrance bar, and thank goodness since they are quite different! According the article, “to better understand what a therapeutically focused essential oil aromatherapy bar designed for customizing skin care treatments is, the differentiation between it and the familiar fragrance bar needs to be made. The majority of fragrance bars—that allow clients to choose their own customized perfume blend, or have a duplicate, so-called “natural,” version of their favorite brand made for clients—are not aromatherapy, and do not use authentic essential oils to create the blends and aromas. This is evident by their use of watermelon, strawberry, apple and other scents that cannot be naturally derived or do not exist as essential oils. These, along with musk, amber and others, are mainly synthetic perfume fragrances. The focus of these fragrance bars is fragrance, not the therapeutic and healing use of authentic essential oils.”
What’s the purpose of having an Aromatherapy bar? The article goes on to explain that “An aromatherapy bar is focused on therapy, wellness and healing using authentic essential oils. Authentic essential oils, by definition, are the volatile (easily evaporated) fatty acids extracted from plants by steam, water/steam or water distillation, or pressed from the peels of fruits. These oils are extracted from an accurately defined plant source and location; for example, rose geranium extracted from Pelargonium graveolens grown and water/steam distilled in South Africa. Authentic essential oils are not altered or diluted once extracted. The popular marketingterm “therapeutic-grade” does not define the quality or value regarding essential oils. The quality of the extracted oils is of extreme importance, and is a topic that offers much debate and confusion.”
For the full article, go to: The Profitable Aromatherapy Customizing Bar.
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