Hypoallergenic vs. Allergen-Free
The word “hypoallergenic” was first used in a cosmetic campaign in the 1950s, and use of the term spread quickly from there. It is often thrown around in regard to a product’s potential to create an allergic response. In truth, there is no real scientific threshold for a product to be considered hypoallergenic. It simply means that whatever item is being described in this manner has a lower chance to elicit an allergy than another, similar item. In fact, “hypoallergenic” completely lacks a medical definition at all.
There is not a single country that provides an official method of certification for a product to undergo in order to be described as hypoallergenic. In other words, the term doesn’t allow for any sort of standardization for those products labeled as such. It speaks volumes that the cosmetic industry has for years tried to block a industry standard for use of the term hypoallergenic. As it remains unregulated to this day, companies do not need to meet any regulations or testing standards to authenticate a product’s lack of allergic properties.
In contrast, Ascents® essential oil blends aren’t hypoallergenic; instead, they have been rigorously tested for impurities and are considered to be 100% allergen-free. Even those who consider themselves to be sensitive to many different substances find that they are able to tolerate Ascents® formulas without issue. That is the key difference between products that are labeled hypoallergenic vs those which are truly allergen free. Allergen-free products, such as Ascents® clinical aromatherapy sachets and gels, make a purity promise to customers that they are scientifically proven to not elicit an allergic response.