In the United States the term “aromatherapy” is not regulated. In other words, manufacturers may market any type of product as aromatherapeutic, or delivering aromatherapy benefits. Remember, perfume oils are not essential oils, even if they are labeled as aromatherapy products. They usually contain synthetic chemicals that do not provide the therapeutic benefits of essential oils, cold pressed vegetable oils, sea salts and other natural components used in aromatherapy.
You should also look out for labels that claim a product is made “with essential oils”. There is no guarantee that harmful man-made chemicals are not present. The same goes with any claim that states natural ingredients are used.
Unless the label says “100% natural ingredients” or “100% essential oils”, you are probably getting a watered-down, chemically-based product.
Aromatherapy is the practice of using essential oils, plant oils and other natural substances whose aroma and/or physical application provides therapeutic relief of some condition. When unnatural chemicals and perfumes are inhaled or applied to your skin, you can experience a number of negative side effects.
For instance, the natural green apple scent is very effective when used in treating migraine headaches. If that natural compound is mixed with synthetic chemicals, the result could aggravate headache pain rather than alleviate it. Stick to 100% essential oils and natural components for all of your aromatherapy applications.