Posted by: Anu Prestonia | January 23, 2010

Know What’s Essential

Ask some folks if they prefer essential oils or fragrance oils and they have no idea what the difference is.  And often times nor do they care about the difference.  All they know is what smells good to them.  I can certainly understand that—knowing that smell and scent preferences & dislikes are very instinctive and individual choices. There’s also the fact that sense of smell is so deeply a part of us that it even plays strong roles in choices as complicated as choosing a mate and as basic as survival, e.g. “Don’t eat that, because it smells funny”…

In these days and times it seems that our sense of smell has been adulterated.  No longer can we count on what we smell to be actually what the name says it is; even if the name is something that comes from nature.  It could just as easily be a replica of something from nature—synthetic or “artificial”—just as there are artificial flavors added to foods to mimic real flavors (like vanillin instead of vanilla). We’ve all experienced the intimate biological relationship between sense of smell and sense of taste.  Today, you’ll see labels with scents like rose, pine, lemon or some other scent from nature and you’ll assume it’s the real thing.  You can no longer assume that: Artificial variants of the real thing abound, in this era of “all things natural”.

The fragrance or perfume industry is one of the largest and most lucrative industries in the world and growing bigger everyday.  And while the untrained nose may not be able to differentiate the real from the manufactured, your body knows the difference.  This is due to the fact that all essential oils come from plant materials and have medicinal properties that assist in healing.  This is one really big distinction between essential oils and fragrance oils.  Fragrance oils, while they smell good, they offer no therapeutic value.

Anything and everything you put on your body, scalp, and hair, seeps into your bloodstream and has an effect.   That aside, it still comes down to whether or not you like what you smell.  But I recommend that you become as aware of what you put on your body as what you put in your body.

That said—Khamit Kinks products have a new name and a new twist.  The first change is the name.  The new name is Anu Essentials and, as always, offers products that are scented with essential oils (oils from nature) and we also offer other products scented with fragrance (manufactured) oils.  In all cases, the ingredients are on the label state whether they are essential oil or fragrance oil based.

The good news is that more of our products are essential oil based.  The most recent products to get this upgrade are the Golden Blossom and Honey Suckle oils.  The Golden Blossom and Honey Suckle are now scented with essential oils only.  So along with the Medicinal and Herbal oils we now have four hair oils that are strictly essential oil based.  We also plan to upgrade some of our butters and soaps to essential oil based.  We will keep you abreast of these changes when they occur.  In all cases, our labels clearly state whether the product is essential oil based or fragrance oil based.

We have your best interest in mind and we continue to strive towards improving all that we have to offer you.  We hope that you will enjoy our truly new and improved products infused with essential oils to help you – Smell Good!Feel Good!Look Good!


  1. I love this!!!

  2. […] Khamit Kinks Hair Oils have been upgraded and along with that they have a new name – Anu Essentials.   Do you know the difference between essential oils and fragrance oils, and do you care?  See what I have to say on this matter – Know What Is Essential. […]

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