THE DANGERS OF FRAGRANCE
Fragrances are everywhere. How many of you in the past - or right now - reach for the scented candles, perfumes, and air fresheners, without wondering what the actual fragrance is made of?
How do they even catch the ocean breeze to put it in the air freshener tin? Is the ‘strawberry field’ scent actually from a field of strawberries?
They are in most of the products on your supermarket, pharmacy, or local market shelves.
The dangers of these synthetic scents or ‘fragrance’ aren’t always evident and you may never think too much about it - however there is so much science to prove that they have major effects on our health.
A National Academy of Sciences article pointed out some critical facts:
***Around 95% of chemicals used in synthetic fragrances are derived from PETROLEUM (yes crude oil).
They include benzene derivatives, which is a known carcinogen, aldehydes, toluene and many other toxic chemicals linked to cancer, birth defects, hormone issues, allergic reactions, fertility issues and central nervous system issues.
Unfortunately for us these toxic ingredients are in many products we you repeatedly daily. Many are contained in our shampoos, lotions, makeup, skin care, food, shampoos, laundry detergents, fabric softeners - and much more! Grab some of yours now and look for the words ‘fragrance’ or ‘parfum’ - if the company has decided to list it (yes cleaning companies and air freshener companies don’t have to).
The majority of these are known endocrine disruptors - this means that they play around with your hormones - and can then trigger things such as weight gain or worse!
The term ‘fragrance’ is a term that actually can catch thousands of different toxic ingredients (there are at least 3,000 that can fall under this term).
Our skin is our biggest organ so when we apply something to our skin it takes about 26 seconds to get through to our bloodstream - then we’ve also got those air fresheners and scented candle fumes that are going straight into our respiratory system. This basically means when you are using a product that is labelled with the word ‘fragrance’ or ‘parfum’ that all sorts of mystery ingredients are entering your body. Some can cause issues such as allergies, respiratory issues, headaches, dizziness, nausea, and brain fog.
Research from the Environmental Working Group, where they tested 17 brand name fragrance products - noted that none of the chemicals were actually listed on the ingredient label. Because companies can deem they wish to keep their formula a secret, that is basically why the term ‘fragrance’ is used. So you will never know exactly what is in there.
So what can you do? There are two options:
1. Become an incredible super sleuth. Learn ways to research, analyze, and dig deep. Many times I’ve found products that don’t have all the ingredients on their label, their manufacturers don’t put them on their own websites, and I’ve had to go and find a Material Safety Data Sheet, and even then not all ingredients are listed.
2. Find a company that is transparent, ethical and lists every single ingredient on their labels - and let me tell you - I could only find ONE company like that!
This is a HUGE reason why I’m so happy I found Young Living. Never again do I need to be a super sleuth and read labels. In fact, they even go above and beyond and find the best of the best natural ingredients!
You are the gatekeeper of your home, and the protector of your babies.
Be empowered to make good choices!