Q: Do you use essential oils?

A: We balance our use of essential oils with fragrance oils that are compliant with IFRA (International Fragrance Association) and RIFM (Research Institute for Fragrant Materials). We take several factors under consideration when selecting our essential oils or fragrance oils including safety, environmental impact, cost (impact on retail price), desired smell and compatibility with base formula.

Q: What is a fragrance?

A: Fragrances are complex combinations of natural and/or man-made substances that are added to many consumer products to give them a distinctive smell. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Regulation, a fragrance is "any natural or synthetic substance or substances used solely to impart an odor to a cosmetic product." Fragrances are regulated (as are any other ingredient used in cosmetics and personal care products) under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act), which gives the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) broad legal authority to protect the public.  

 Q: Is HBL Natural? Organic? 

A: “Natural” and “organic” have no legal definition in this category, and even a non-synthetic ingredient found in nature can be harmful. HBL products are created mindfully and carefully, keeping in mind the health of our bodies and environment.