Previously we posted about the top 10 most harmful agents that are readily found in many personal care products and household products, including soap. Fragrance & Perfumes top our list, mainly because often times they are NOT listed in the ingredients label. Even if they are, what is scary about seeing "fragrance" or "perfume" on a label is that it is being used as a generic term for compositions consisting of thousands of different chemicals. Many of these chemicals are cancer forming and toxic. In fact close to 95% of them are found on the EPA's Hazardous Waste List!
Have you ever known someone who has sensitivities to fragrances and gets physically ill? Someone who gets headaches when around perfume, highly fragrant candles, hairspray or nail polish? Ask yourself is it really about the "smell" or could it be that they have chemical sensitivities? A lot of these chemicals are known agents that cause side effects such as allergies, vomiting, dizziness, asthma, birth defects and many others.
Every day we slather our bodies in lotion, spray on perfume or cologne, relax with scented candles, incense or potpourri, and clean our bodies with soaps and shampoos. All the while bathing our largest organ (the skin) not to mention our lungs in hundreds even thousands of different chemicals. We may as well be dipping ourselves in a vat of hazardous waste before we go out the door. But don't worry you can still do all of those things you love to do to make yourself feel and smell better just do it wisely by selecting products that are scented naturally made with natural essential oils. Another word of advice, beware of the "Natural" soap and personal care product companies that use "fragrance oil". Fragrance oil is a chemical composition, essential oils are natural.
We have provided you with some basic information, now go do some research and arm yourself with knowledge, your body and our earth will thank you. There is plenty of credible research and reading material on the harmful toxicity of chemical fragrance and perfume. Here is a great link to get you started, you can even search for products you currently use to see what is in them. http://www.cosmeticsdatabase.com/
Stay tuned to our blog as we discuss some of the other harmful ingredients.