Did you know when the term “fragrance” is listed on a product label it can indicate the presence of up to 4,000 separate ingredients, including many that are toxic, carcinogenic or endocrine disruptors? Fragrance crafters use more than 5,000 different ingredients, but only about 1,300 of those ingredients have actually been tested and evaluated for safety.
Meanwhile, clinical observations have proven that fragrances can negatively affect the central nervous system, and reports to the FDA add headaches, dizziness, rashes, skin discoloration, violent coughing, vomiting and allergic skin reactions to the list of potential health risks posed by the chemicals used in fragrances.
The European Union takes a strict stance on the use of many fragrance ingredients, restricting the use of certain known toxic ingredients such as nitromusks, and requiring warning labels on products that contain known allergens. However, according to U.S. regulatory bodies, fragrance formulations are considered “trade secrets,” so their disclosure is not required on product labels, and the industry is largely self-regulated.nitromusks, and requiring warning labels on products that contain known allergens. However, according to U.S. regulatory bodies, fragrance formulations are considered “trade secrets,” so their disclosure is not required on product labels, and the industry is largely self-regulated.
Fragrances pollute the air to a greater extent than smoke from tobacco users, because the use of scented products is much more common. Just think about it. How many of the products you use every day contain a fragrance?
Skin Care (Lotions, Scrubs, Serums)
Body Care (Soaps, Deodorants, Sunscreens, Bug Sprays)
Hair Care (Shampoos, Conditioners and Styling Products)
Household (Dish Soap, Window Cleaner, Detergents & Furniture Polish)
While it may seem easy to ditch your perfume/cologne and thereby escape the problem, the reality is not so simple, especially when you factor in the fact that you’re also dealing with second-hand fragrances from other people, too.
Although avoiding toxic fragrances can seem a bit challenging, there are a couple of ways to minimize your exposure:
Fragrance-free products. Due to the natural sensitivity of a growing segment of the population, a larger number of fragrance-free products have hit the market.
Toxic-Free Alternatives. Find products that use safe fragrances 100% naturally derived from botanical ingredients such as flowers, fruits, bark, seeds, leaves and other natural, raw materials. Essential oils may not pack the punch of their synthetic rivals, but we think that’s a good thing.
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