It’s hard to count how many times a week we get asked for products with strawberry essential oil. Each and every time we have to politely decline the request with a long explanation on why we don’t use this fake “Essential Oil” in an attempt to educate consumers and help them live better healthier lives.
The fact and shocking truth is there is no such thing as Strawberry Essential Oil, or Strawberry Oil. Strawberry essential oil doesn’t exist, it cannot be extracted from living or dead plants or fruits, regardless of the method of extraction no matter who says they use it. If there is Strawberry Oil or Strawberry Essential Oil in the list of ingredients on any product, make no mistakes the company manufacturing the products or the brand is not disclosing the truth and they are green-washing their products, no matter how much they claim their products are “natural”, “organic” or that they aren’t green-washing.
Including a synthetic ingredient in a product marketed as natural or organic is referred to as Greenwashing.
The essential oil of the strawberry, cranberry, (or any of the berries), coconut, pineapple, watermelon, cantaloupe (or any other melon), banana, kiwi, pomegranate and some flowers like lilac among many others, cannot be extracted by any method of extraction as they don’t contain any essential oils viable to extract. Coconut can produce coconut oil (a fat) which naturally contains the scent of coconut in its virgin cold pressed form, but cannot be considered an essential oil and in some manufacturing processes the scent dissipates leaving no scent whatsoever. From the pomegranate, an oil can also be extracted, but the scent is not present in the oil at all. Pomegranate oil has actually a quite unpleasant scent certainly not even close to the fresh fruit. From the Strawberry seeds an oil (a fat) can also be extracted by cold pressed method, but the byproduct doesn’t have the same scent as the fruit so much we love.
However! Strawberry, Cranberry, Raspberry, Blueberry, Coconut, Pineapple, Watermelon, Cantaloupe, Cucumber, Banana, Kiwi, Lilac and many other Fragrance Oils DO EXIST, but there is nothing natural about these scented concoctions of harmful chemicals. Fragrance oils are synthetic or artificial scents derived from petroleum or petrochemicals manufactured in controlled processes in laboratories, that mimic the scent of the real fruits. In recent studies Fragrance Oils have being found to be quite harmful.
If the “natural” product you’re using or about to buy has a strawberry or any other naturally impossible scent, make no mistakes, the company manufacturing it is greenwashing.
You have the right to know what you’re putting in your body.
Be Healthy, Be Fabulous!
Published by Manuela Valenti
Manuela Valenti is a Psychopedagogist, Professional International Artist, Fashion Model, Chemist, wife and mother of 3. She is the CEO and founder of By Valenti Organics, Manuela Valenti Studio & Gallery and other companies.