Are Scentsy Fragrances Toxic?

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This is a super interesting topic for me.  The word ‘Toxic” means “Containing a Toxic Substance” but really, that’s pretty vague isn’t it?  What does TOXIC Mean to YOU?  Perhaps you only use Vegan products and non-vegan products are considered ‘toxic’ by you.  Maybe you want to use our Wax in a Potpourri or even with a Tea Light (flamed candle) to release our scent and want to know if it’s okay to do that.   VOC stands for Volatile Organic Compounds and we are asked about these as well.

I’m going to break down the most common “Toxic”Questions we receive to help you determine if each of our products are ‘safe’ for you to use.  We answer ALL your questions about Breathing in, Ingesting, using our products Topically and MORE for both Humans and Animals.  If you don’t see your question completely answered please feel free to post your question and we will find the answer for you. 

Q. Are Scentsy Fragrances Toxic if you ingest them?
Well, if you put them in your mouth then yea, you might experience an adverse affect but… it depends on which product you ingest and of course how much.  NONE of our products are meant to be ingested – period.  I know of people and pets who’ve eaten our wax bars as well as the Scent Pak beads.  The stories are each unique and no one has had any adverse affect other than maybe having smelly bits…if you know what I mean…when it passes through them.   If you ingest our Room Spray…seek medical attention.  Our Essential and 100% Natural Oils for our Ultrasonic Diffusers are ONLY meant to be used in our Diffusers for Aromatherapy purposes and that is all.  They are not meant to be used for ANY other purpose so make sure to not ingest them, keep them away from Children and Pets and anyone else who might think they are.  If you are drinking our Clean or Laundry products then I think you may have more problems than their toxicity.  Please, don’t ingest any of our products, or any product from any company for that matter, that are not labeled as something you are meant to eat.

Q. Are Scentsy Candle and Oil Scents Toxic to Humans?
Nope!  If you use our Wax and Oil Products as directed, in our Scentsy Warmers and Diffusers alike, then they are perfectly safe and non-toxic to be inhaled by humans.  Some people do have concerns about Essential Oils like Eucalyptus used in Diffusers as not being a scent safe for use around children/infants.  Please seek medical advice from your Pediatrician if you have any concerns before using our oils.

Q. Are Scentsy Candle and Oil Scents Toxic to Pets such as Birds, Cats and Dogs?
According to bird veterinarians, breeders, and resellers, any scented product can cause illness or fatalities in birds. Dr. Marla Lichtenberger, DVM, stated in an article posted on “…airborne agents can create a critical respiratory event; aerosols, burning candles, incense, cleaning agents, or smoke (tobacco or any other source).”  As for how Essential and Natural Oils and other scent products affect Cats and Dogs, there are differing claims and reports.  I found some great articles online from Veterinarians as well as Essential and Natural Oil Experts.  I would do your research in advance on how these types of products might affect your Cat, Dog, Bird, Snake, Ferret, Fish…whatever pet you may be concerned about.  I’ve only found that Cat’s may have sensitivities to these oils but not Candle Wax scents.

Scentsy Scent FAQ’s

What kind of fragrance oils are used in Scentsy Bars?
Scentsy uses both synthetic and naturally-derived fragrances oils to achieve the highest quality and longest-lasting bar. Synthetic oils are used for several reasons, including: · When using natural oils results in unrestrained use of limited or endangered natural resources. · When it isn’t possible to derive the natural oils from nature. For example, synthetic oil is necessary to reproduce lily of the valley because fragrance cannot be extracted from this flower through typical extraction methods. · When it is cost prohibitive to acquire natural oils and would preclude Scentsy from offering particular fragrances without increasing the price for customers.

What kind of wax is used to make Scentsy Bars?
We use a custom, high-quality paraffin wax blend designed to give you long-lasting fragrance and selected for its scent loading ability, melting point and firmness.

Why doesn’t Scentsy use a soy- or vegetable-based wax?
Soy- or vegetable-based waxes can produce a quality wicked candle, but not a quality wickless candle.

Are Scentsy Bars safe?
Scentsy Bars are safer than wicked candles because no flame is required for the wax to melt and release fragrance. Since the wax is warmed and not burned as with traditional candles, no harmful chemicals or pollutants are released into the air. With Scentsy, there is no flame, smoke, soot or lead.

Do Scentsy Bars contain harmful phthalates?
Scentsy Bars do not contain or release harmful phthalates. A small percentage of Scentsy Bar fragrances contain extremely low levels of non-harmful diethyl phthalate (DEP), commonly used in fragrances to help blend ingredients and to make fragrances last longer. DEP is thoroughly tested and is consistently regarded as safe for use in fragrance by several government bodies including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the European Union Scientific Committee on Consumer Products (SCCP). Scentsy follows all safety standards regulating the use of DEP set by the International Fragrance Association (IFRA).

Do Scentsy Bars contain any nut or mineral oils? Do they contain Bisphenol A (BPA), gluten, lead, egg or formaldehyde?
Scentsy Bars and fragrance oils do not contain any kind of nut or mineral oils. They are BPA-, gluten-, lead-, egg and formaldehyde-free.

How do I use a Room Spray?
Spray your Room Spray into the center of a well-ventilated room. Make sure you’re familiar with the consumer warning label on the back of the bottle

What is the material used in a Travel Tin?
Travel Tins contain metagel, a microscopic, sponge-like, open-cell foam and fragrance oils. Travel Tins stay solid up to 170 degrees Fahrenheit.

Scentsy Scent FAQ’s

Can I ingest Scentsy Oils or use them topically?
No. The FDA does not approve or recommend ingesting or topically applying any essential oil. Though many essential oils are on the FDA Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) list and all Scentsy Oils are safe and meet all Research Institute for Fragrance Materials (RIFM) standards as diffuser oils, Scentsy Oils are not intended for ingestion or direct skin applications.

What is an essential oil?
Essential oils are aromatic oils extracted physically (typically using steam distillation or expression) from naturally occurring plant substances such as citrus peel or pulp, leaves, stems, flowers, bark, roots and other plant parts.

What is a natural oil?
Natural oils are either created from a natural source or single molecules are extracted from an essential or naturally-occurring oil. To create natural oil from a natural source, two or more isolated molecules may be combined together or combined with naturally-occurring enzymes to create a new molecule. While this new molecule may not be found in nature, only natural ingredients are used to create it.

What is the difference between Scentsy Essential Oils, Essential Oil Blends and 100% Natural Oils?
Scentsy Essential Oils consist of a single essential oil. Scentsy Essential Oil Blends are blends of two or more essential oils. Scentsy 100% Natural Oils are blends of two or more natural and essential oils. All Scentsy Oils are 100 percent natural and naturally-derived; no synthetic ingredients are used.

What is aromatherapy?
Aromatherapy is a broad term for a range of therapies involving essential oils, including baths, massage and other treatments whereby the oils are absorbed through the skin or inhaled. Aromatherapy is loosely defined, and there is no consistent or standard definition.

Can Scentsy Oils be used for aromatherapy?
Aromatherapy generally refers to the use of aromas for therapeutic (pharmacological) purposes. Scentsy Oils are not designed to be ingested or applied topically, so they are not intended for this purpose. However, there is scientific evidence that specific scents stimulate the olfactory system – the parts of the brain connected to smell – and can induce a chemical reaction in the brain which make a person feel relaxed, calm or even stimulated. This is known as aromachology, which is the psychological or mental effect of smelling essential oils. Scentsy Oils can absolutely be used for aromachology.

Are Scentsy Oils therapy-grade?
“Therapy-grade” is a misleading term; there is no official entity, governmental or otherwise, that screens, evaluates or grades essential oils. In the spirit of Authenticity, we do not make any claims about our products that cannot be substantiated or verified.

Will Scentsy Oils irritate my allergies?
If you are sensitive to specific plants, diffusing oils that contain them may irritate your allergies. Fortunately, Scentsy Oils disclose all ingredients so you can evaluate their appropriateness for the health and comfort of you and your family.

Can I use the oils in my warmers?
Adding Scentsy Oils to a Scentsy Warmer does not create a pleasant fragrance experience and may severely discolor the warming dish. Our systems are designed for an optimal fragrance experience. Scentsy Oils are best experienced via cold-mist diffusion, and Scentsy Bars are best experienced via our warmers. Though we recommend using Scentsy Oils and Scentsy Bars with their intended systems only, warming Scentsy Oils in your warmer will not void the warranty.

Can I add diffuser oils to my wax?
We do not recommend mixing diffuser oils with wax. Scentsy Oils have not been formulated or tested for use in our warmers. Our diffuser oils are highly concentrated and intended to be used with water only.

Can I use Scentsy Oils in my vaporizer or humidifier?
Using Scentsy Oils or any natural or essential oils in vaporizers or humidifiers could damage or destroy the unit. The Scentsy Diffuser features a proprietary plastic designed to resist corrosion, even with the most acidic oils.

Can I use Scentsy Oils in a bath, sauna or hot tub?
No. Scentsy Oils are not intended to be applied topically or ingested. Scentsy Oils are only intended to be used in the Scentsy Diffuser.

Are Scentsy Oils tested for pesticides and impurities?
Conventional materials are not tested for pesticides. However, our essential oils are tested on a gas chromatography mass spectrometer (GCMS) to ensure there are no impurities which will affect the fragrance quality.

Scentsy Skin FAQ’s

Are Scentsy Skin products tested on animals?
Scentsy Skin products are not tested on animals. However, individual ingredients may have been tested on animals at some point

Are Scentsy Skin products vegan and gluten-free?
Scentsy Skin products are vegan and gluten-free.

Do Scentsy Skin products contain any allergens or toxins? Is it safe for sensitive skin?
All Scentsy Skin products were created with ingredients that are generally accepted as safe and effective for use in personal care products. Though Scentsy Skin products are non-toxic and non-irritating, people with specific known fragrance sensitivities should test on a small patch of skin before using.

Are Scentsy Skin products safe to use on children?  
Scentsy Skin products are safe to use on all members of the family, and may be used as directed on children with adult supervision. All Scentsy Skin products are for external use only. Avoid contact with eyes; if product gets in your eyes, rinse with water. Discontinue use and ask a doctor if rash or irritation develops and persists. To ensure proper use, please supervise small children when using Scentsy Skin products and keep scented products out of the reach of small children and pets.

Are Scentsy Skin products paraben- and dye-free?
All Scentsy Skin products are paraben- and dye-free.

Fine Fragrance Roller:

What are the advantages to a rollerball?
There are many advantages to rollerball perfume. First, its compact size is travel-friendly and TSA-compliant. Second, fragrance can be discretely applied. Third, you have more control over where and how much fragrance is applied. Finally, rollerball perfumes tend to be more concentrated than alcohol-based sprays, meaning their fragrance lasts longer.

Is it non-comedogenic?
Yes. The Fine Fragrance Roller will not clog pores

Is the Fine Fragrance Roller alcohol-, paraben- and dye-free?
The Fine Fragrance Roller is alcohol-, paraben- and dye-free.

Velvet Hand Cream and Whipped Body Soufflé:

Can I use these products on my face?
The Whipped Body Soufflé and Velvet Hand Cream may be used on the face. As with all fragrance products, avoid contact with the eyes.

Scentsy Clean FAQ’s

Is Counter Clean safe to use around children and pets?
Yes, if normal safety precautions are followed. Keep out of reach of children and pets to avoid ingestion.

Is Counter Clean tested on animals?

Is Counter Clean non-toxic?
No. As with any household cleaner, Counter Clean should not be inhaled or ingested.

Scentsy Kids FAQ’s

What is the recommended age for Scrubby Buddies?
Scrubby Buddies are suitable for all ages.

What are Scrubby Buddies made of?
Scrubby Buddies have a cotton lining. The outer material is 80 percent polyester and 20 percent chinlon, a type of nylon.

Are the Scentsy Buddy and the Scent Pak safe for children?
Both the Scentsy Buddy and the Scent Pak have passed stringent product safety testing for U.S. and Canadian markets, including specific safety tests for children’s toys. Both products passed tests for tear strength and foreseeable misuse, fabric composition and cleanliness and toxicological assessments for banned or restricted chemicals without producing detectable amounts of any such substance.

What is the recommended age for Buddy Clips?
Buddy Clips are safe for children ages 3 and older.

What are Buddy Clips made of?
Just as the designs of Buddy Clip characters differ, the fabric content differs as well. Most Buddy Clips are made of polyester with a polypropylene clip.

Can Bath Smoothie be used on babies?
Scentsy Kids Bath Smoothie is not tear-free. Therefore, we recommend using it on children ages 3 and older.

Is it tear-free?
No. The product is safe and gentle but not tear-free. Even products marketed as tear-free can be eye irritants. As with all personal care products, keep Scentsy Kids Bath Smoothie out of the eyes.

Does Scentsy Kids Bath Smoothie contain any allergens or toxins?
Is it safe for sensitive skin? Scentsy Kids Bath Smoothie was created with ingredients that are generally accepted as safe and effective for use in children’s personal care products. Though Scentsy Kids Bath Smoothie products are non-toxic and non-irritating, people with specific known fragrance sensitivities should test on a small patch of skin before using.

Is Scentsy Bath Smoothie paraben-, sulfate-, phthalate- and dye-free?

Is Scentsy Bath Smoothie vegan and gluten-free?

Scentsy Laundry FAQ’s

Are Scentsy Laundry products dye-free?
Scentsy Washer Whiffs are the only product in the Scentsy Laundry line that contains fabric-safe, non-staining dye.

Are Scentsy Laundry products safe to use with a septic tank?
Yes. Scentsy Laundry products are completely water-soluble and safe to use with septic tanks.

Are Scentsy Laundry products safe to use on sensitive skin?
Yes. Scentsy Laundry products are clinically tested for allergies and irritation. People with known, specific fragrance ingredient sensitivities should test on a small patch of skin before using.

Are Scentsy Laundry products safe to use with dry-wick and fire-retardant clothing? 
Yes. Scentsy Laundry products do not contain fabric softeners and are safe to use with dry-wick clothing and fire-retardant clothing.

Is Clothing Conditioner safe for any kind of washable fabric?
Yes. Clothing Conditioner is safe for all washable fabrics, including synthetics, dry-wicking material, spandex blends and cotton fabrics.

Is Clothing Conditioner environmentally friendly?
Yes. Because more of the formula is absorbed into the fabric, water removal is improved, drying times are shortened, and the amount of chemical residue in rinse water is minimized.

Is the Clothing Conditioner tested on animals?

Does Laundry Liquid contain dyes?
No. Laundry Liquid contains no dyes or coloring agents and will not stain clothing or linens.

Does Laundry Liquid contain optical brighteners?
Yes. Optical brighteners are safe, detergent additives used to produce a whitening or brightening effect on laundry. As a result, laundry looks newer, longer.

Is Laundry Liquid phosphate-free?

Is Laundry Liquid safe for all fabrics?
Laundry Liquid is safe to use on any material that does not restrict the use of detergent as a cleaning agent. Check the care instructions of your clothing and linens for specific treatment instructions.


  • Sam O'Leary

    Our chihuahua/corgi mixed-breed’s favorite Martha Stewart stuffed Raccoon got Scentsy wax on its paw when I accidentally hit a warmer in a game of keep-away. Is it safe to give our pet this toy if I cannot get all the wax off (it’s tough to get off of fur)?

    • Admin

      Hi Sam. I find that using an iron and some paper towels or paper bags to get wax out works well and then toss it in the dryer. Should be good to go then

    • Admin

      You sure can but in my experience it’s been harmless and just passes through the system. If she ate more than a little nibble I’d call anyway. Better safe than sorry

    • Admin

      Hi Aerial, Thanks for contacting us. Our Scent paks are non-toxic. She should be just fine. Feel free to speak to her pediatrician of course

    • Admin

      Hi Amy,
      Great question.
      Both the Scentsy Buddy and the Scent beads have passed stringent product safety testing for U.S. and Canadian
      markets, including specific safety tests for children’s toys. Both products passed tests for tear strength and
      foreseeable misuse, fabric composition and cleanliness and toxicological assessments for banned or restricted
      chemicals without producing detectable amounts of any such substance.

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