Over the past weeks, and with the help of my students, I’ve been testing some of the Christmas fragrances available here in New Zealand. I checked for acceleration and discolouration, and tested fragrances from Zen Aroma, Pure Nature and Candle Creations. These are suppliers who provide high quality fragrances, which have been independently tested and certified by IFRA, the International Fragrance Association. Why is this important? Because fragrances can contain more than 100 different compounds, and the IFRA looks at the formulations, ensuring that every ingredient used in the making of the fragrance is within the limits of safe use (in skin care) and of quality high standard. Responsible suppliers will have the certifications for their fragrances either on their website or available on request, and fragrances will have different usage rates for different types of products (rinse off, leave on, and candles).
We tested these fragrances with my trusted simple castile oil recipe, which I have used so many times that I know exactly how it should behave and look like. Please note that despite my testing, other factors can cause acceleration and discolouration, such as the types of oils used, temperature of soaping, and other additives.
I will add these fragrances to the extensive fragrance list that I have been compiling and you can access here. In the meantime, here are the Christmas fragrances. Enjoy!
Candy Cane – no acceleration, discolours to beige, note this has a peppermint with a fruity undertone scent
Christmas Cabin – no acceleration, light discolouration
Christmas Night – light acceleration, discolours
Christmas Time – very fast acceleration, discolours to a reddish brown
Frankincense & Myrrh – accelerates, discolours to beige
Frosted Pinecones – light acceleration, light discolouration
Mulled Wine – no acceleration, discolours to light brown
Brown Sugar & Fig – no acceleration, discolours to brown
Apple Cinnamon Fragrance – accelerates, discolours to brown, faint scent retention
Gingerbread – no acceleration, discolours to beige
Aspen Winter – no acceleration, discolours to brown
Christmas Hearth – accelerates (mashed potato), discolours to beige
Christmas Tree – light acceleration, light discolouration
Fraser Fir – no acceleration, discolours to dark cream
Evening Snow – light acceleration, light discolouration
Sugar & Spice – no acceleration, discolours to dark beige
White Mistletoe – accelerates, light discolouration
Noel – light acceleration, light discolouration
PS I have Mistletoe as well, but no one ever seems to want to test that one (the smell is very cleaning-product like…)