Sauna and ice: a love affair

From the classic-all known Finnish sauna to the Russian banya - there is a wide variety of different sauna types. What they all have in common is that the infusion is the undisputed highlight of the sauna experience. In this process water is poured over hot stones. The resulting water vapor suddenly increases the humidity, the sauna experience is intensified. Since the effect is only temporary, several infusions are usually made. For a special wellness experience, essential oils or other fragrances are often added to the infusion water. The higher the quality of these, the more complex the fragrance experience.

However, the infusion is a great strain on the cardiovascular system. Therefore, sauna beginners should always sit on the lower benches. What applies to sauning in general must be especially taken into account during the infusion: Always listen to the body's warning signals, because if you feel unwell, you should leave the sauna immediately! Using snow or ice balls is another way to perform an infusion. These are formed as balls from either snow or crushed ice. Alternatively, ice cubes can also be used. Please note that snow and ice must consist of clean water, otherwise the sauna experience can quickly turn into a nightmare.

Snowball or ice infusions are many times more intense than an infusion of water, in which a large part passes between the stones without evaporation. With snowballs or ice balls, on the other hand, only little water is released during the melting process. The stones, which are constantly kept at the same high temperature by the heating elements underneath, evaporate the melting water almost completely. The actual infusion begins with the melting process and continues over a longer period of time. It starts gently, but becomes very intense due to the long melting time and the enormously high humidity. Sauna fragrances can also be used for snowball infusions. Simply dribble the scent onto the snow/ice ball or add it to the water in the ice cube mould. There are also forms available on the market which can be used to firmly press the ball. Using a thorn, the fragrance concentrate can be placed in the middle of the snow or ice ball. In this case, the scent develops and intensifies slowly and with increasing humidity.

For a special scent experience, we also recommend for snow and ice balls Kemitron Aromee Sauna intense or Aromee intense fragrances. Because the first-class raw materials contained in these products ensure that the fragrance remains stable and multi-layered even in high temperatures and slowly rising humidity.

The downside of the infusion through snow and ice is that a lot of energy is needed because the stones have to be heated more permanently and intensively due to the slow melting process. Because of the high energy input, the heating elements are more attacked, tend to burn through or burn out and need to be replaced more often compared to pure water infusions.

As always, it is the mixture that does the trick! Alternating between the two, an occasional infusion of snow or ice will do no harm and remain a special sauna experience.


The difference between fragrance, scent and aroma

Difference between fragrance and scent

The words fragrance and scent are usually used synonymously, the difference is fine: while fragrance denotes a pleasant fragrance, scent is used for an unmistakable fragrance.

Even finer is the

Difference between fragrance and aroma

Both refer to pleasant smells: while aroma refers more to plants, spices and food, fragrance is more associated with perfume and flowers.


The difference between aroma oil and fragrance oil

Fragrance oils are scents that are artificially produced. They may contain essential oils, but do not have to.

In contrast, in aroma oils a part (usually around 2%) of essential oils is mandatory. Additionally, they can also contain a large part of synthetic fragrance oils.


The difference between essential oil and aroma oil

For about a decade or more, essential oils and aromatherapy have been enjoying increasing popularity. Admittedly they have been used long before our time. Not only medical properties have always been attributed to them, but also spiritual meanings.

 

What is essential oil?

Essential oil is a compound derived from a plant. The oils are concentrated so that they contain the essence, characteristics and fragrance of the plant.

However, not all extracts are essential oils. Plant essences obtained chemically are not considered essential oils.

The process of producing essential oils is relatively simple. They are usually made from a plant, distilled water and a pot in which the plant is boiled, with the essential oil, which is what floats on the water and has been boiled out of the plant.

In order to obtain a stronger oil, this process can be carried out several times.

 

What is an aroma oil?

An aroma oil is a diluted or mixed essential oil. Aroma oil always contains a part, usually 2% or more essential oil.

 

Use

Essential oils and aroma oils can be used in a similar way. However, one must be aware of the effectiveness and intensity of the oils.

Aroma oils are milder and can be used more generously than the more intense essential oil. But essential oils are usually a combination of far more individual fragrances and usually smell with a lasting effect.


The difference between essential oil and fragance oil

Essential oils are volatile plant extracts obtained from distilled or cold-pressed flowers, bark, stems, leaves, shells, roots, seeds or other parts of a plant. These oils are pure extracts obtained by the steam distillation process and are not blended with a carrier oil. Depending on the type of plant, extraction can sometimes prove to be very complex. These 100% pure oils are "clean", i.e. they have not been processed with solvents or other additives, diluted or manipulated in any way. Essential oils are difficult to reproduce synthetically as they can consist of 50-500 different naturally occurring chemicals found in a plant. Essential oils are used, for example, in cosmetics, wellness, room scenting and aromatherapy. They are mostly used externally very rarely internally. They are often said to have health or mood-influencing properties such as invigorating, activating or calming.

 

Fragrance oils are usually produced in a laboratory. One of the main advantages is that they are non-volatile and generally last longer than essential oils. Fragrance oils can be synthetic or partly natural. Synthetic fragrance oils are artificially made from chemical compounds that do not exist in nature.

Even if the label states that the product is natural, at least parts of the product are synthetically scented and definitely not purely natural, provided that the list of ingredients contains the words perfume, perfum, FO, fragrance, fragrance oil or fragrant oil.

 

Fragrance oils are developed exclusively for the purpose of imitating a fragrance.

Nature is complex and essential oils are not only made up of odorous substances, which makes them difficult to replicate. If we isolate only the natural aromatic components from a plant, we miss the potential benefits that the plant can offer. Fragrance oils, however, enhance the fragrance of many cosmetic and perfume products, as well as candles (they hold the fragrance better at high temperatures).

 

Price difference:

Essential oils are usually expensive and prices vary widely depending on the type of oil, season and availability of the product. Therefore, essential oils are usually more expensive than their fragrance oil counterparts. This is because it is costly to grow, harvest and distil the plant for essential oils.

That is why it needs a huge amount of plant material to produce even a small amount of essential oil. On the other hand, they are usually much more complex and consist of significantly more individual fragrances.

 

It is no surprise that fragrance oil is comparatively much cheaper, as it can be produced artificially and no extraction is required (often a very expensive process).

In addition, fragrance oils often consist of much fewer individual fragrances than their counterparts in essential oils.


The difference between essence and essential oil

Essences and essential oils are two different types of extracts, each with specific benefits:

 

Characteristics of essence

  • Usually taken internally
  • No or little scent
  • Water-based

 

Characteristics of essential oil

  • Highly concentrated oils
  • Eextracted from different parts of a plant
  • Obtained only from plants that have the fragrance and other characteristic properties of a plant
  • The pure essential oils come from carefully cultivated plants

 

What is essence?

The essence is obtained from a drug, plant or the like through the process of distillation, maceration, absorption or pressing. Essences contain their characteristic properties in concentrated form. Concentrated essences are very strong extracts that can be twice to four times as strong as normal extracts. Imitation essences are the chemically produced substances that aim to reproduce the taste and scent of the original ingredient.

 

Essential oil

A natural oil, typically obtained by distillation, with the characteristic smell of the plant or other source from which it is obtained.

 

Comparison table

essence essential oil
Definition
A flavouring used in recipes to give them the flavour and aroma of the original ingredient. A concentrated oily liquid containing the volatile aromas of plants.
Fragrance
less fragrant strongly fragrant
Base
water oil
Aftersaid healing function
energetic biochemical
Reception
internal mostly external

The difference between functional fragrance and aromatherapy

Basically aromatherapy is always a kind of functional fragrance. However, while aromatherapy as a whole always falls under the more comprehensive term functional fragrance, not every functional fragrance is aromatherapy.

The classic definition of aromatherapy is: The use of essential oils for a therapeutic purpose.

A functional fragrance, on the other hand, is simply a fragrance that has a "planned" effect. For example, it is a characteristic fragrance used by a hotel chain to evoke positive emotions in its guests so that they keep coming back.

So, while these fragrances are intended to evoke an emotional response, they are not all intended to relieve the symptoms of medical conditions, nor are they necessarily essential oils.

 

So while aromatherapy may be considered as a kind of functional fragrance, the similarities end there. Aromatherapy can be seen as a herbal medicine. Clinical aromatherapy also includes stringent quality controls and efficacy tests so that it can be used by healthcare professionals. Functional fragrances on the other hand can be synthesised from almost any compound and do not need to be tested for quality, safety or efficacy.

So you can say: functional fragrances are created with a goal in mind. And in this goal, the health and well-being of the visitor or customer is not always the first priority (unless they are made specifically for aromatherapy). But this definitely does not mean that functional fragrances are bad or should be avoided. The basic idea behind the production is only a completely different one than the one behind aromatherapy.


Definitions for the English word field "fragrance"

The confusion is immense: too many different words, whose meanings often differ only marginally, are lumped together so that the differences blur and are no longer clear to many people.
With this blog series (7 single blogs in total) we want to confront this and bring some light into the darkness. On the one hand the definitions are to be clearly assigned to the English words; on the other hand the differences of the - frequently synonymously used words - are to be pointed out.
For it is not only in English-speaking countries that different meanings are often assigned to the same word. In addition, there are new connotations from countries where English is not mainly used as a mother tongue. In order to prevent misinterpretations, we work here with recognized definitions and elaborate on them in the following blogs (based on the Oxford Dictionary).

 

fragrance
1. A pleasant, sweet smell.
1.1 A perfume or aftershave.

Origin:
Middle of the 17th century from the French or from the Latin fragrantia or fragrare "smells sweet".

 

scent
1. A distinctive smell, in particular one which is pleasant.
1.1 Pleasantly smelling liquid worn on the skin; perfume.
2. A trace marked by the characteristic odour of an animal and perceptible to dogs or other animals.
2.1 A trace of evidence or other signs that may assist a person in a search or examination.
3. Olfactory ability or sense of smell.

Origin
Late Middle English (describes the sense of smell): from the old French sentir "perceive, smell", from the Latin sentire. The addition of -c- (in the 17th century) is unexplainable.

 

odour
(US odor)
1. A distinctive smell, especially an unpleasant one.
2. A lasting property or impression that adheres to something.
2.1 The presence of a condition in a certain respect.

Origin
Middle English from Anglo-Norman French, from Latin odor "smell, scent".

 

aroma
1. A distinctive, typically pleasant odour.
1.1 A subtle, pervasive quality or atmosphere.

Origin
Middle English (mostly in the plural with fragrant plants or spices): via Latin from the Greek arōma "spice".

 

aromatherapy
Aromatherapy refers to the use of essential oils to alleviate illness or increase well-being. Professionally or commercially, any form of medicine is only allowed to licensed physicians and in Germany according to § 1 Heilpraktikergesetz also to alternative practitioners. This also applies to alternative healing methods such as aromatherapy.

 

functional fragrance
Functional fragrances are scents created from natural or synthetic ingredients to specifically create an effect. For example, a scent of apple pie and cinnamon. The smell reminds us of Christmas baking and cosiness and is consciously used to evoke memories of the Advent season and a beautiful feeling of comfort. If this fragrance is emitted in a shop, it causes the customer to feel comfortable and to buy more, or to associate beautiful memories with the shopping experience and to come back with pleasure.

 

essential oil
A natural oil typically obtained by distillation with the characteristic scent of the plant from which it is obtained.

 

essence
Extract or concentrate obtained from a plant or other substance and used for aromatization.

 

aroma oil
Aroma oils are mixtures that always consist at least in part of essential oils.

 

aromatherapy oil
Aromatherapy oils are made from essential oils for aromatherapy. Synthetic fragrances are excluded.

 

fragrance oil
Fragrance oils are artificial fragrances that are synthetically produced. They may contain essential oils, but do not have to.


Room fragrancing with tradition

Fragrances awaken memories in us. We also call this sensation olfactory perception. Some fragrances immediately take us back to our childhood. Images are created in front of our inner eye which are triggered by the respective scent. We are accompanied by scents that we associate with a beautiful event for the rest of our lives. And always, when we perceive this smell, we are reminded of this beautiful event. These memories are activated by the limbic system, the location of our emotions. The subjective sense of smell is influenced by experience and therefore individually different.
The physical- and psycho-objective effect is the same for every human irrespective of the experience values, since neurochemical substances such as encephalins, endorphins, serotonin and noradrenalin are released in the limbic system by olfactory stimuli. This knowledge serves, among other things, as the basis of aromatherapy, in which the effect of natural aromas and essences is specifically applied. Special use is made of room scenting in sauna, spa and wellness because here the effect of the scents used on the body is sought directly.

However, the scenting of rooms is not new, but has a long tradition.
Legend has it that King Solomon scented the guest rooms for the Queen of Saba so beguilingly that the Ethiopian imperial dynasty arose from the royal relationship.
Room fragrance is an ancient cultural asset. People have always used plant scents, i.e. natural essential oils, for their well-being. But also to stay healthy or to become healthy again. This huge wealth of experience is increasingly confirmed by the scientific findings of recent years. The renaissance of room scenting and the growing importance of aromatherapy are therefore only logical. The scenting of rooms is originally also an expression of appreciation towards the guest or the customer. A successful room fragrancing is also today not conceivable without this basis.

Possibilities of room fragrancing

While dealing with room fragrancing in the sauna, spa and wellness area, the first question arises: How do you bring the fragrance into a room or to an application?

There are three ways to transport fragrance:
• Via water
• Via steam
• Via air

Where and how are these three fragrance transport routes used?

Fragrance via water
• In the shower / adventure shower
• In the brine inhalation with scent
• In the sauna about the sauna infusion. Sauna versions: Finnish sauna, Russian banya.
• In relaxation rooms through a fragrance fountain, which also serves as a humidifier, e.g. in the tepidarium and laconium.
• Typical applications of indoor climate: hot and dry (sauna), warm or cold (adventure shower), cold (brine inhalation), warm and dry (laconium, tepidarium)

Fragrance via steam
• In the steam bath and caldarium
• In the Hamam, Rhassoul
• In the biosauna and soft sauna
• For air humidification
• Typical application area of room climate: hot and humid (steam bath) as well as warm and humid (Hamam, Rhassoul)

Fragrance via air
• In the relaxation room
• In the relax room
• In the Laconium
• In the Tepidarium
• In changing rooms
• In the entrance area and lobby
• Typical climate conditions: warm and dry (laconium, tepidarium, resting room, etc.),
• Normal room climate approx. 25°C (lobby, changing room)

Kemitron manufactures fragrance dosing pumps for all the above-mentioned areas. These pumps are characterised by the possibility of spreading a constant fragrance over a longer or fixed period of time, fully automatically, even in larger rooms, without anyone constantly having to actively watch for it. Fragrance, intensity and interval are individually adjustable.
The dosing pumps and dosing systems are high-quality and durable. Many years of experience in production, operation, installation and maintenance enable us to competently advise you on the correct installation as well as on the selection of fragrances for the corresponding application area.

See also: Technico fragrance dosing pumps


Clear, active, and fresh Kemitron – world of fragrances about the mint

World of fragrances about the mint – Mythical stories and harmonious fragrances are often connected in the world of legends, as also shown here:
Hades, the ruler of the underworld fell in love with the young and pretty nymph Menthae. When Persephone, his wife, found out about it, she became jealous, and transformed the nymph into a plant, which is living on soil as creeper and was supposed to be stepped on by feet. Hades was not able to undo the transformation but he lessened the effect on Menthaes fate by giving her an enchanting fragrance which she exuded when she was touched.

The Indus delta – the birthplace of the mint
In fact, the mint was not only known to the ancient Greeks. Just as many spice, sacrifice, and medicinal plants it originates from the Indian subcontinent and spread from there into the ancient world. The Indus delta is its birthplace and also the name was probably borrowed from the ancient Indian “Manthe” which means rubbing. The Egypts knew and used it as medicinal and ritual herbage as well as burial gift. The ancient Greeks also knew how to make use of it: Mint bouquets at table were thought to stimulate the appetite, mint wreaths on the hair were supposed to prevent a hangover at drinking sessions or act as aphrodisiac.
The success story of the mint continued via the Romans and the Celts until medieval times, when Hildegard of Bingen also planted mint in her herb garden. Charlemagne had the plant grown by regulation for medicinal purposes and in England during the 17th century, mint leaves where used to keep the drinking water on ships clean.
Until today, our most numerous mint species is the peppermint. It's calming, refreshing, and antispasmodic on the respiratory organs and is used on muscular problems in everyday life or sports.

The fragrant message of the mint
Also in form of mint oil the power of the mint has been used for centuries. Clear, fresh, and active – that is its fragrant message. Mint oil is pervasive, peppery hot, and spicy, leaving a cooling effect on the skin if used in infusion minty fragrances, which is particularly noticeable with a following cold application. It is characteristic for sporty perfumes, masculine cosmetics as well as fresh and cool room and wellness fragrances.
The wide range of mint plants encouraged the experts from Wendlingen, to create an as large spectrum in their world of fragrances. They range from peppermint to the Japanese mint. For its fragrance creations, Kemitron uses a high concentration of natural essential oils. Because only they achieve the wide variety in modes of action on both body and senses. They are only supplemented with nature-identical
oils, if natural raw materials are banned or difficult to acquire for reasons of natural conservation or the protection of endangered species, or are too expensive as natural oils that the end product cannot be marketed at a reasonable price.