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by Robert Tisserand It now appears that the world would have warmed more than it has were it not for the aromatic cocktail of chemicals emitted by plants. It turns out that this can change the weather – and anything... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2013 at the aromaconnection blog
AGORA is the Aromatherapy Global Online Research Archive. It was formed in 1998 by a group of aromatherapists who wrote articles about aromatherapy and essential oils, and was hosted at a number of different websites, including,, and others,... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2013 at the aromaconnection blog
By Robert Tisserand At almost 850 pages, there’s plenty of reading here. Unfortunately, this book is replete with errors. There are innumerable mis-spellings of the names of chemicals. Terpinen-4-ol is an alcohol, not a phenol, and bergamotene is a terpene,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2012 at the aromaconnection blog
by Robert Tisserand I am not against transparency in labeling. I think it’s a subject that could use a lot of discussion. But I am against ingredient obsession. In a society that allows alcohol, tobacco and firearms to be freely... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2012 at the aromaconnection blog
This is not a new story, but merely another step in the historical process of moving agriculture towards the use of GM in aromatic plants (Although this Eucalyptus is being developed for timber and not for making essential oil.) The... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2012 at the aromaconnection blog
by Robert Tisserand In a recent blog post an Environmental Working Group (EWG) research assistant suggests that lavender oil may be unsafe, saying: “the science is still evolving and safety can’t be assumed.” The science is still evolving? Isn’t that... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2011 at the aromaconnection blog
I happened across this abstract on the web while browsing around searching for future posts for the aromaconnection blog: The Scents of Larsa: A Study of the Aromatics Industry in an Old Babylonian Kingdom by Robert Middeke-Conlin | Papers by... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2011 at the aromaconnection blog
The so called “Safe Cosmetics Act” has been rolled out again, with even more attendant shock and awe PR from the misguided zealots at the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics using misinformation on Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Database. If one... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2011 at the aromaconnection blog
The Environmental Working Group, who have given birth to this legislation, is an incompetent organization that does not understand the science of toxicology, does not understand natural products, and that takes a biased, negative view of safety, often seeing dangers... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2011 at the aromaconnection blog
by Robert Tisserand Safety legislation does not always accord with current knowledge on safety, for the simple reason that new scientific data are always being published. Guidelines are periodically made more stringent, but they are almost never loosened, even when... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2011 at the aromaconnection blog
If you are looking for detailed information about essential oils and related products that are derived from trees, you need to know about the Agro Forestry Tree Database. I’ve added it to our list of databases on the right sidebar.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2011 at the aromaconnection blog
In February 2008, I was moved by the investigative journalism of Christian Parenti, of The Nation surrounding child labor in Cote d'Ivoire. I did this blogpost at the time after further research into this disturbing issue. As the Ivory Coast... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2011 at the aromaconnection blog
The February-April 2011 issue of Herbalgram (#89) arrived recently, with several items of aromatic interest. Since this is the current issue some of the articles in the online version require a subscription for web access. I will provide links to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2011 at the aromaconnection blog
by Robert Tisserand It is commonly believed in some aromatherapy circles that a major therapeutic benefit of essential oils derives from the fact that they are rich in oxygen; that they efficiently carry this oxygen to the body’s cells and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2010 at the aromaconnection blog
by Robert Tisserand The Safe Cosmetics Act of 2010 (SCA 2010), now before the House of Representatives, is an inappropriate and seriously flawed attempt to make cosmetics safer. You can read the full text here. The thinking behind it is... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2010 at the aromaconnection blog
You may think if you are a natural perfumer, aromatherapist, massage therapist, or other alternative practitioner using essential oils or other raw botanical extracts or materials in your practice, craft or art, that this bill will not directly affect you.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2010 at the aromaconnection blog
by Kayla Fioravanti, reprinted with permission. With every stand that you take there are those that will stand with you, those that will digest the information and think about it and others who will take a stand against you. I... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2010 at the aromaconnection blog
Copyright © Tony Burfield June 2010 Preamble For some time Cropwatch has been maintaining that the cosmetic (fragrance) industry, the detergent & cleaning industry & the aroma ingredients (essential oil) industry suffer disproportionate and wildly over-precautionary levels of regulation in... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2010 at the aromaconnection blog
It’s the 40th Earth Day. We haven’t done a formal blog post today, but here are a few thoughts about the state of the world from some of the other blogs we participate in: Marcia blogs at The Winged Seed... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2010 at the aromaconnection blog
Joined by Congressmen Henry Waxman and Bobby Rush, New Jersey Senator Frank Lautenberg introduced new legislation that would overhaul 1976 polyester era Toxic Substances Control Act. "This is a complex issue, and we compliment Senator Lautenberg and Congressmen [Henry] Waxman... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2010 at the aromaconnection blog
by Tony Burfield. March 2010. The Environment News Service reported on 19th March 2010, that two South American trees, over-exploited by essential oil traders for the perfumery & cosmetics market, will be listed under Appendix II, the Convention in International... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2010 at the aromaconnection blog
by Tony Burfield March 2010. Matthias Vey had the decency to admit, at the BSP Safety Symposium on March 11th at Cambridge UK, that IFRA’s banning of melissa oil in its 44th Amendment was a mistake, albeit one made by... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2010 at the aromaconnection blog
Presentation linked from previous post converted to a blog post by Rob. by Tony Burfield Cropwatch Who are Cropwatch? Logo: Juniperus procera Hochst. ex Endl. (Kenyan Cedarwood): Over-Exploited to Near Extinction by the E.O. Trade. A loosely based, non-financed,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2010 at the aromaconnection blog
I (Tony Burfield) gave a talk entitled “Is excessive regulation destroying the perfumery art?” at the British Society of Perfumers Safety Symposium, 11th March 2010, held at the Belfry Hotel near Cambridge, UK; a Power Point version of the talk... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2010 at the aromaconnection blog
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