The perfume ingredients list reads like a toxic war zone. Fragrance chemicals are everywhere. So the question comes down to this, is all the fragrances worth the toxic exposure?
We all like good smelling products. I too have been guilty of not purchasing a cosmetic item because it didn’t smell fragrant. I’ve even said to my clients “if it doesn’t smell great, I don’t want to use it.” These comments seem innocent and to many seem right, but fragrances are one of the toxic 12 that we need to not only be aware of but should avoid.
I want to take a good look at fragrances in our cosmetics and what they potentially can do to us. If you are like me, you will be enlightened by the truth.
Fragrance chemicals, aroma, perfume are all interchangeable ingredients you may find on your favorite cosmetics, including the perfume ingredients list. The word fragrance or perfume represent an undisclosed mixture of various scent chemicals and ingredients used as fragrance dispersants such as diethyl phthalate or DEP. Diethyl Phthalate is a binder used to connect fragrance molecules, which is a known to cause liver damage and reproductive harm. Diethyl Phthalates are in many products including cosmetics, insecticides, and aspirin.
The Effects of Fragrances ~ Common Scenarios
According to the American Academy Of Dermatology, fragrances are the biggest cause of contact dermatitis almost as high as poison ivy. We all know to avoid poison ivy because of the effect it has on our skin, how much more should we be avoiding fragrances in our cosmetics.
Have you ever walked into a room and caught the scent of someone’s perfume, lotion, or other beauty product and suddenly you have a massive headache?
How about when you use your favorite dish soap, body wash, shampoo, or other cleansing product and within just a few minutes you are broke out in hives?
Does your favorite scented candle cause you to sneeze, feel sick to your stomach or feel dizzy or weak?
Have you ever started sneezing or your eyes start watering when looking at a magazine that has fragrance samples inside?
These are all common reactions our bodies have to fragrance allergies or sensitivity. Over 2 million people are bothered by these fragrance sensitivities which include sneezing, runny nose, watery eyes, headaches, inability to concentrate, dizziness, wheezing, itchy skin, rashes, and hives. Colette Bouchez, Webmd.com
Is It That Big Of A Deal?
According to the EWG’s database fragrances are of high concern. Several reports state that fragrances are a known human immune toxicant and allergen. They go on to say that there are concerns of skin, eye, and lung irritation, organ system toxicity, and ecotoxicology (environmental) concerns.
After researching and learning about the hazards of fragrances I have decided that having that fruity smelling shampoo or that floral lotion just isn’t worth my health. I may not be one of the 2 million that has reactions to any given cosmetic, but after learning what it could potentially be doing to my body as well as to the environment, I feel that it is best to stick with nature’s scents. There are great smelling products out there that don’t use these compounds of fragrance. They use the naturally fragrant smells of nature to make products that not only work great but also will keep us all healthy for years to come. Cheers to smelling good and staying healthy!!!