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Dr. woods fragrance: natural or synthetic?

QUESTION:

I bought some Dr. Woods black Castille soap with shea butter. It says it is all natural, but "fragrance" (not essential oil or natural fragrance) is listed in the ingredients. It doesn't smell like a natural fragrance, and 2 emails to the company have gone unanswered. Does anyone know if it is a 100% natural product?
Thank you!

POSTED BY TC :: NEW JERSEY USA :: 10/13/2008 5:27 PM


DEBRA'S ANSWER:

"Fragrance" on a label typically means it is synthetic (made from petroleum). If the scent is natural, the label will list the essential oils used (i.e. essential oil of lavender).

Debra :-)


COMMENTS:

The company finally did email me. They said all their fragrances are essential oils and they would be changing their labels in the future. I am still skeptical, though.

POSTED BY TCOLLINS :: NEW JERSEY USA :: 10/14/2008 8:40 AM


The bottle says "natural fragrance oil blend" (Parfum). I've never been able to receive a response from them, either. For some reason, I've never had a problem with any of their products, though.

POSTED BY JANICE :: NEW YORK USA :: 10/20/2008 3:50 PM


Fragrance is often used in Europe to conform to their labeling standards. It does not ALWAYS mean synthetic, although this is most often the case. I do not know where this particular product is made, but if they sell in Europe it may be a cost saving measure to list ingredients this way versus making separate packaging for different markets. I have encountered this with several European companies, all of which have good ratings on the Skin Deep web site.

POSTED BY SPIKE :: CALIFORNIA USA :: 10/20/2008 4:05 PM


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