A Closer Look At Our Fragrances
Natural cleaning for the home with fresh, clean scents
The Bergamot is simply a spectacular fruit, though it would be understandable to think that it suffers from a minor identity crisis. After all, it looks like a Lime on the outside, like a Lemon on the inside, but it’s actually an Orange, and of course, just for the final twist, it tastes like a Grapefruit. The scent of the Bergamot, however, is something all its own, and for this reason it’s been a favorite among perfumers for hundreds of years.
Roughly a third of all men’s and half of all women’s perfumes contain some form of Bergamot essential oil. In fact, the original Eau de Cologne was largely composed of Bergamot (and made in Cologne, amazingly.)
But Bergamot isn’t just a pretty fragrance; it’s considered an aid to reducing anxiety and bringing a sense of calm and well-being to anyone who inhales its light, citrusy scent. And citrus oils help to purify the skin which means it is doing double duty in our Bergamot Hand Soap and Dish Soap.
And if smelling lovely isn’t enough, tea makers use it in some of the most recognizable blends, including the world famous Earl Grey. Now that’s fancy.
Grown originally along the coast of Calabria in Italy, where the trees were bathed in the mists of the legendary Ionian Sea, larger scale production has spread to Southern France, Turkey, and across the Mediterranean on the Côte d’Ivoire, or Ivory Coast, where it’s grown predominantly for its wonderfully fragrant essential oil.
Almost all of the seven hundred or so trees, plants, and shrubs that are commonly known as Eucalyptus, hail originally from Australia. Varieties of Eucalyptus, including the largest flowering shrub known to man and the towering Blue Gum Tree from which most oils are extracted, are now familiar to the residents of every country on the planet.
Studies have shown that the oil extracted from the Eucalyptus has antibacterial and antimicrobial qualities. Other, less testable, magical properties are ascribed to Eucalyptus products, and it remains one of the most commonly used materials in a range of natural healing modalities. We just think it smells like clean ought to smell, that’s why we include it in so many of our products.
Its signature fragrance actually comes from naturally occurring organic chemicals called Terpinoids. On warm days in Australia, where Eucalyptus groves can contain thousands of trees, these terpinoid compounds are released in such quantities that they form a smog-like mist around the groves’ canopies. The Blue Mountains in Australia, take their name from this pungent, ethereal fog.
Lauded for centuries as an aid to everything from washing clothes to preparing patients for surgery, it fell out of fashion for a long time, replaced by headier Eastern fragrances like Patchouli and Sage. Thankfully, as in all things, the cycle swings back around to its starting point, and once again the sweet, flowery perfume of Lavender is back in vogue.
Never a team known to ignore the vicissitudes of fashion, we embrace the comforting aroma of Lavender in all things clean, and if there’s one thing all our Grandmothers had in common, it’s knowing how to take care of business and keep things looking and smelling great.
Rosemary & Mint
According to myth, the flowers of a white Rosemary bush are said to have turned blue when the Virgin Mary spread her blue cloak over it in order to take some rest. The shrub then became known as the “Rose of Mary”. As in much mythology, the story is shared by many cultures, and Rosemary was considered sacred to ancient Egyptians, Romans and Greeks.
Mint is so strongly associated with the notion of freshness that it became the name for a place that makes money. “Freshly minted” indeed. We love the crisp, bright tones of its fragrance, especially how it lingers on the hands for hours after washing.
Mint was originally used as a medicinal herb to treat stomach ache and chest pains. There are many incidents of its use in traditional medicine; and modern, Western medicine even embraces the essential oil’s usefulness in the alleviation of post-surgery nausea, and possible use in treating irritable bowel syndrome.
Italian Lemon Oil
The juice of the lemon can be used for cleaning in so many ways. It can deodorize, remove grease, bleach stains, and disinfect, and it will clean food stains from plastic storage containers. The oil contained in the lemon’s peel also has various uses. It is used as a wood cleaner and polish, where its solvent property is employed to dissolve old wax, fingerprints, and grime.
It’s used in aromatherapy to promote relaxation and breathing.
All this, and we haven’t even got as far as how amazingly good it smells. Well, just try our Italian Lemon Oil infused dish soaps and hand soaps. We can’t guarantee that they’ll make you more relaxed, but we definitely know they’ll make everything smell wonderful.
The family of flowering shrubs and trees known as Rutaceae comprises all of the fruits we consider as citrus. Originally thought to have begun their world-wide journey from the mountains that border China and Myanmar (formerly Burma) many of the older strains are named for that part of the world—Mandarin, for instance. More recent research, however, puts the genesis of the citrus family far from there, in Australia, New Caledonia, and New Guinea.
Regardless of its origin story, we love to mix together the pungent essence of the different fruits: Orange, Bergamot, Lemon, Lime, et al. into a sparkling blend that we call Fresh Citrus. Clean and bright with overtones of spice, we love the fragrance so much, it’s in more of our products than any other scent.