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An essential oil is the liquid aroma and healing properties of fruit, flowers, stems, leaves, seeds, nuts, peels, roots, bulbs, bark, wood, moss or resin extracted by steam, CO2, hydro, solvent or cold press methods. The word oil is a misnomer in that undiluted essential oils are actually more the consistency of an alcohol than oil. Unlike the plants themselves, essential oils are free of pollen because it is removed during extraction.
The International Fragrance Association (IFRA) [defines] "natural" [as] containing [only] fragrance ingredients that correspond to the terms and definitions laid down in the International Organization for Standardization's ISO 9235:1997, which defines natural aromatic raw materials as being physically obtained from plants using distillation, expression and extraction.
Synthetically reconstituted essential oils, synthetic nature-identical ingredients and intentionally chemically-modified natural raw materials (e.g. chemical acetylation of essential oil) cannot be used in fragrance compounds that are described as being natural.
AiroMystic has even more stringent standards in that we do not allow any isolated contituents such as linalool, linalyl acetate or limonene - even if isolated from plant material. We use only pure whole essential oils in our formulations due to the synergistic interaction of all the constituents.
Please note: AiroMystic does not use synthetic ingredients.
According to the International Fragrance Association (IFRA), synthetic aromatic raw materials have either been chemically created (mostly from petroleum), or started as a natural, but had their chemical structure modified. Synthetic aromatic raw materials fall into the categories of chemically modified natural raw materials, nature identical raw materials and aroma chemicals that do not exist in nature.
Chemically modified natural raw materials: The starting point for these materials is typically from an inexpensive natural source. Then chemical processes (such as acetylation) are employed to change the chemical structure of the raw material, rendering it non-natural.
Nature identical raw materials: These are synthetics, created through reactive chemistry that have the same chemical structure of naturals, but do not come from botanicals. Most often, the starting point for these aroma chemicals is petroleum. A good example is synthetic linalool, which is chemically identical to linalool that is fractionally distilled from lavender oil, but it is not derived from a plant.
Aroma chemicals that do not exist in nature: These are synthetic aroma chemicals produced through chemical reactions that have no corresponding natural aroma chemical. An example is methyl dihydrojasmonate, a soft diffusive floral note.
ABOUT AROMA DIFFUSION
An aroma diffuser is a device used to scent indoor spaces. There are many types - both electronic and non-electronic.
Reed diffusers. Plate diffusers. Evaporators. Ultrasonic diffusers. Aerosol spraying units. Fan diffusers. Vacuum diffusers. Nebulizing diffusers. Many work with essential oils or synthetic aromas.
For large commercial applications, either fan or nebulizing diffusers are typically used and often implemented via the air handling system - though they may be free-standing.
Click here to read our informative blog article about the various types of diffusers, how they work and what may be best for you.
The cost is typically very reasonable - sometimes as little as pennies per day. AiroMystic has perfected dry micronizing aroma technology. Most of our machines are 100% progammable. Control them with your phone or use the simple control panels. Set the time of day they come on. Adjust exactly how much scent is emitted into your space. Many even turn off automatically at night - all to perfectly scent the space at a reasonable cost.
And since AiroMystic is an expert at 100% natural aroma formulation - and due to the quantity of aroma we produce, the volume allows us to create aroma blends that meet any budgetary requirement.
At AiroMystic, we only formulate 100% natural aroma blends from pure whole essential oils from plants. Our perfumer blends as many as 100 individual essential oils to make mesmerizing, complex aromas that are entirely natural, pollen free and healthy. Essential oils also have natural anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral properties.
Most companies offer synthetic aroma chemical blends typically derived and manipulated from petroleum.
It is quite common for companies to use combinations of essential oils and synthetics. If you are looking for 100% natural blends, look for descriptions like "made entirely from essential oils" or "does not contain any synthetic or isolated ingredients." Of course, you won't often see this except on AiroMystic labels.
This brings us to another type of aroma, "natural isolates" or "nature identical ingredients". These ingredients may be isolated from petroleum and are an exact replica of one constituent of a plant molecule. For example, rose has nearly 200 constituents that make up its aroma. The most sweet and potent is geraniol. Geraniol can be replicated in a lab from petroleum molecules or isolated by acetylation. it may also be isolated from less expensive plant material such as geranium. However, some researchers argue that isolated ingredients are incomplete molecules and may cause more allergic reactions.
For more complete information and descriptions of these ingredients, read our other FAQ.
No! Ours don't. Fill them with your fav AiroMystic aroma once per month. Clean the port every 6 months or so. Wipe the unit down with a soft cloth every once in a while. That's about it.
HEALTH & SAFETY
At AiroMystic, we say, "Don't take our word for it. Do your research." Here are some well-known expert authorities in the fields of medicine and health - as opposed to paid-for marketing materials - providing their expert opinions and research regarding the safety of essential oils as compared to chemical alternatives:
ESSENTIAL OILS -
US Library of Medicine: "During this study, there were no reports of headache or nausea associated with the administration of aromatherapy [breathing essential oils]. In summary, aromatherapy reduced anxiety, increased sleep, and stabilized the BP [blood pressure] of patients..."
National Institute of Health: "Safety testing on essential oils shows very few side effects or risks when they are used as directed. Most essential oils have been approved as ingredients in food and fragrances and are labeled as GRAS (generally recognized as safe) by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Aromatherapy has a relatively low toxicity profile when administered by inhalation."
E Medicine Health: "Safety testing on essential oils shows very few side effects or risks when they are used as directed."
Mayo Clinic: "Many essential oils have been shown to be safe when used as directed."
University of Minnesota: "Toxicity rarely occurs with appropriate use of essential oils and is primarily attributed to misuse and accidental ingestion. Most essential oils are safe and free of adverse side effects when used properly."
National Association of Holistic Aromatherapy: "With regard to inhalation, from a safety standpoint, inhalation presents a very low level of risk to most people. Even in a relatively small closed room, and assuming 100% evaporation, the concentration of any essential oil (or component thereof) is unlikely to reach a dangerous level."
AROMA CHEMICALS -
National Institute of Health: "Synthetic odors are often made up of many of the same compounds that are components of essential oils. These compounds are synthesized and typically combined with other odor-producing chemicals. However, synthetic fragrances frequently contain irritants, such as solvents and propellants, that can trigger sensitivities in some people."
Scientific American: "Ahhh...the sweet smell of petrochemicals! The Environmental Working Group (EWG) reports that, while many popular perfumes, colognes and body sprays contain trace amounts of natural essences, they also typically contain a dozen or more potentially hazardous synthetic chemicals, some of which are derived from petroleum."
Environmental Working Group: "The average fragrance product [we] tested contained 14 secret chemicals not listed on the label. Among them are chemicals associated with hormone disruption and allergic reactions, and many substances that have not been assessed for safety in personal care products."
University of Washington: "A [UW] study of top-selling laundry products and air fresheners found the products [tested] emitted dozens of different chemicals. All six products tested gave off at least one chemical regulated as toxic or hazardous under federal laws, but none of those chemicals was listed on the product labels. Plus, five of the six products emitted one or more carcinogenic ‘hazardous air pollutant,’ which are considered by the Environmental Protection Agency to have no safe exposure level.”
Journal of Toxicological Sciences: “Air freshener is usually used indoors, and thus some [chemical] compounds emitted from air fresheners may have potentially harmful health impacts, including sensory irritation, respiratory symptoms, and dysfunction of the lungs. The [chemical] constituents of air fresheners can react with ozone to produce secondary pollutants such as formaldehyde, secondary organic aerosol (SOA), oxidative product, and ultra-fine particles.”
The Research Institute for Fragrance Materials (RIFM) in cooperation with the International Foundation for Essential Oil and Aroma Trade (IFEAT) tested the potential carcinogenic, mutagenic and reproductive toxicity of around 200 naturals chosen on the basis of their relative production volume, REACH compliance and other industry-relevant criteria: All the oils tested negative for evidence of genotoxicity in each of the the assays, according to the report.
The program focus[ed] on testing the complete oil, in contrast to most previous testing which looked [only] at individual constituents and isolates [such as linalool or limonene] as sources of toxicity.
"The assessment for each oil involved a battery of tests designed to determine whether the material can cause mutations or cellular toxicity in a living system. If an essential oil produced a positive result in any test, it will be evaluated in greater detail," the report said.
[Again - all 200 oils tested negative for evidence of toxicity.]
The following paragraph does not specifically discuss essential oils as fragrances. However, it says a great deal about their inherent safety as compared to chemicals. We all know that pesticides are some of the most toxic chemicals in existence. With that in mind, we share an EPA report about the use of essential oils as pesticides, which exemplifies their "pest-repellent" benefits, which is perfectly balanced by their comparable safety. The EPA says:
Generally, these chemicals [essential oils] are of low acute toxicity (except for oil of mustard). Many are Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) by the Food and Drug Administration, are exempted from the requirement of food additive tolerances, and are used in food preparation. As pesticides, they employ a non-toxic mode of action. Since they are formulated in low concentrations into products that are used at low volumes in the United States, exposure to humans and the environment is expected to be very low. EPA has received no incident reports of adverse effects for these chemicals [essential oils].
In summary, the flower and vegetable oils are not likely to result in adverse effects in humans or the environment.
Click here for a link to the actual EPA paper to read it for yourself.
TRUE OR FALSE
In regards to essential oils, The National Institute of Heath says, "Safety testing on essential oils shows very few side effects or risks when they are used as directed. Most essential oils have been approved as ingredients in food and fragrances and are labeled as GRAS (generally recognized as safe) by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)."
Conversely, the same NIH says about synthetic aroma chemicals: "Synthetic fragrances frequently contain irritants, such as solvents [from petroleum] and propellants, that can trigger sensitivities in some people."
Of the approximately 300 essential oils, IFRA (International Fragrance Association) and RIFM (Research Institute for Fragrance Materials) list just a few that are not safe to be used in aromatic fragrance such as mustard oil. They also provide a list of some essential oils that should not be applied to the skin, as well as safety levels for any that should not be used above specific concentrations.
AiroMystic does not use any material that exceeds IFRA/RIFM limitations.
RIFM says in a published report in which they tested the potential carcinogenic, mutagenic and reproductive toxicity of around 200 of the most often used essential oils: "All the oils tested negative [for causing toxicity to human cells.]"
While it's true that essential oils are far more complex than synthetic aroma chemicals, essential oils have in the neighborhood of 1000 years use on humans with very few adverse reactions or side effects. In a 38 year study of 25,164 subjects, only 13 reported sensitivities. And that was for application on the skin at a dosage of 10,000 times the recommended level. (De Groot 1987, De Groot et al 2000, Fregert and Hjorth 1969, Frosch et al 1995, Itoh et al 1986, Santucci et al 1987, Schnuch et al 2007)
The safety record of essential oils is even more impressive when they are used for inhalation - especially since all pollen is removed via extraction.
To quote the National Institute of Health: "Aromatherapy has a relatively low toxicity profile when administered by inhalation."
Furthermore, holistic researchers and practitioners argue that more testing is required to understand the complete essential oil molecule. For example, when a single constituent is chemically isolated such as limonene, there seems to be a higher number of allergic reactions to it. Conversely, a study of the complete molecule of 200 of the most widely used essential oils by the Research Institute for Fragrance Materials found none caused toxicity to human cells. The results may indicate that the other constituents could have a beneficial effect in reducing sensitivity and side effects.
Numerous studies of aroma chemicals have reported findings of sensitivity in 6.6 to 33.3 percent of test subjects according to numerous reputable non-industry sources such as the University of Washington, University of Maryland, University of Minnesota, Environmental Working Group and National Institute of Health.
We highly recommend you use the aroma recommended by the manufacturer of the diffuser.
In the case of AiroMystic, we can only guarantee our diffusers for use with our own essential oil blends. Why? Because we make each blend from start to finish. We know what goes in it. Every aroma oil blend made by AiroMystic is specially constructed to assure the proper consistency, thickness and potency for nebulizing aroma diffusion.
While there are a number of essential oil blends that may work effectively in AiroMystic diffusers, any thick or extended blend will eventually gum up the mechanisms and require deep cleaning or parts replacement and in the worst cases, may void your warranty. So be thoughtful and careful. Super inexpensive blends are often extended or of very low quality oils.
And while there are many very good and reputable essential oil companies, we regret to report that there have also been cases where very well known and reputable blends were found to be diluted.
If this has happened to you, we invite you to write a post about it on our Facebook, Yelp or product review pages.
We don't recommend using any diffuser that requires water to make it work unless you can commit to cleaning it daily and letting it dry completely.
And if you can't make that commitment, (almost no one can) choose a water-free diffuser!
Water causes mold. Breathing mold isn't good! The EPA says the #1 consideration to prevent mold is to eliminate sources of moisture. Consumer Reports tested approximately 50 water-using diffusers (often referred to as ultrasonic diffusers). They reported that every single water-using diffuser they tested emitted mold!
Read our blog article for the complete story.
Note: AiroMystic does not use any ingredient that contains any reputed sensitizer in any amount exceeding IFRA, RIFM and FDA safety and formulation recommendations.
This is a part of the pitch some of our competitors tell clients regarding aroma chemicals being superior to natural formulations. And like most sales pitches, it contains a seed of truth, but is objectively false.
Essential oils have an approximate 1000 year history of usage with very few adverse reactions. The FDA, EPA, National Institute of Health, Mayo Clinic, University of Minnesota, IFRA, RIFM, NAHA and every reputable source state, "Safety testing on essential oils shows very few side effects or risks when they are used as directed. Most essential oils have been approved as ingredients in food and fragrances and are labeled as GRAS (generally recognized as safe) by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Aromatherapy has a relatively low toxicity profile when administered by inhalation."
To view the actually studies for the above, visit our FAQ with links - What do experts say about the safety of essential oils versus aroma chemicals.
Some isolated elements (26 in all) found in essential oils and in synthetic fragrances have been declared sensitizers by the European Union such as limonene, linalool and eugenol. However, this is based in large part upon the practice of isolating and synthetically reproducing these constituents and patch testing them on skin - rather than upon breathing them for aromatherapy. The patch tests performed upon the skin with linalool (for example) were applied at 10,000 times the recommended dosage for the ingredient and there were 5 reported instances of sensitization over a 5 year period according to the EU report. When tested at 5000 times the recommended dosage on 1,399 dermatology patients, linalool produced zero allergic reactions. (Frosch et al 1995, Itoh et al 1986, Santucci et al 1987).
Conversely, when 200 of the most widely used essential oils were tested in their complete and whole form in a joint study performed by RIFM and IFEAT, none, nada, zero demonstrated any toxic effect upon human skin cells. Some health researchers have called for further in-depth study of complete essential oil molecules (which is what AiroMystic uses) because they believe these studies demonstrate that other constituents within a whole molecule seem to help minimize sensitizing effects of the more potent constituents. The reason for the myriad of additional constituents in essential oil molecules is still widely misunderstood by science.
Our machines are very powerful! We recommend to to follow The AiroMystic Rule Of Making Aroma Subtle (AROMAS).
Remember: You may not smell as much after a while. But those that are new to your space, will! Don't be that guy that pours on a gallon of cologne because he can't smell it any longer!!
Instead always follow the AROMAS rule to ensure the perfect scent level for your space:
The AROMAS Rule is that 20% of your guests should not even notice that you are diffusing aroma in your space. If every single person notices, it's too strong. Turn down the machine. This will save you money too!
Think of a garden or the forest, the flowers and plants don't have to overwhelm with their aroma. If you want more, you can put your nose right up to a flower or a plant! That is how scent diffusion should work. Draw your guests in - don't overwhelm them!
You want guests walking around saying, "Do you smell that too? Where is that beautiful scent coming from?"
Oh and one of the best parts? Every aroma we make is pollen-free, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral - unlike the air outdoors!
Another frequent sales pitch from our competitors is that the micronized particles emitted from diffusers will stick to surfaces - not even remotely true. In fact, we have replaced the systems of competitors because their petroleum based scent left residue!
The word essential oil is a misnomer. They are not actually oils. They are more similar to the consistency of alcohol in that they evaporate into the air readily. That is one of their many benefits for aromatherapy use.
Furthermore, our diffusers use patented dual pump technology with special ports to micronize the essential oil particles so small that they are completely dry. Within a few inches of the port, they literally become "aromafied" air.
Comparatively, an aerosol particle (for example) is 20 to 50 times larger than our aroma particles - and aerosol is wet.That's why aerosol is sticky and floats downward where it may attract dirt, dust and grime.
Our aroma is so refined, it passes right through air filters. They don't affect smoke detectors. No residue and they don't stick to anything - just fabulous aromafied air in your space.
While it is true that the average essential oil costs more to produce than the average petroleum based aroma chemical - mostly due to the fact that plants must be grown, harvested and extracted, it is false that the finished aroma will cost more to diffuse.
It depends entirely upon the scent formulation and a dozen other factors.
AiroMystic has won a myriad of contracts over synthetic diffusion companies at prices less than or equal to our competitors. We'll meet your budget too and diffuse 100% healthy mesmerizing aroma at the same time.