This amazing guest post was written by Mary Grace, a freelance writer! You can follow her on twitter on @marmygrace.
It’s tempting to buy perfume and perfumed products; no one wants to stink, and the ads make it seem so alluring to spritz on a little bit of luxury. Add a little bit more appeal. But it’s a pretty toxic mess of poison that you’re spraying all over your body and on your pulse points.
It’s a chemical spill on your body that can cause people around you to have headaches, nausea, joint pain, or can even trigger eczema. And it isn’t just the liquid that you splash on your wrists from a big glass potion bottle that could be killing you; it’s the scent in your room spray, soap, conditioner, lotion, lipstick, or can even be in a cat collar!
The sort of chemicals you’re spritzing, what products they’re in, locations that have those chemicals in them, and some alternative smells will help you stay healthy and happy.
Chemicals in Perfume And Fragrance
There are a ton of chemicals that can be found in perfume and ‘fragrances’ that are harmful to your health. Things like acetaldehyde (a probable carcinogen), toluene (or methylbenzene, a neurotoxin), Musk tetralin (brain cell and spinal cord degeneration), or Galaxolide and other synthetic musks that have been associated with toxicity to the endocrine system.
All of these chemicals and more are found in synthetic perfumes and fragrances (even the expensive brands) which means big trouble for healthy people.
Synthetic perfumes have been linked to cancers, MDS, and could be in your baby shampoo giving your little infant child asthma. Even unscented products could have perfumes in them added to mask the natural scent of the product, which could mean more toxic phthalates that you are rubbing in yourself and your clothing.
There’s evidence that phthalates can make you fat, cancerous, or cause developmental issues to arise.
Where to Find the Smells
There are smells everywhere contributing to endocrine disruptors, growing tumors in your body, and doling out asthma-like it’s going out of style. While you can clear your house of scented and unscented (fragrance-free is a key term to look for) products (yeah, even your deodorant), you can’t always control the environments that you and your child enter.
There are a few relatively safe places and a few places you can make suggestions.
For example. Many federal buildings follow the same rules as the CDC and maintain the “Indoor Environmental Quality Policy” which means that workers in the CDC get five days notice if there is going to be a potential air contaminant introduced into the office (usually via construction), the option to work from home, and an office free from scented products like cleaners, potpourri, or candles. It’s your right to scent free federal and public area. Plus, it’s not just healthier for you, it can refresh your workspace.
If you can’t stop making yourself smell good, you can use a high-quality essential oil. Plus they can be utilized for multiple purposes: helping you concentrate, or you can use them to get a lemon-scented cleaner. If you want something similar to the perfumes that you usually use, taking the basic notes from your favorite perfumes can be really rewarding.
I get terrible headaches from super-strong scents, but a combination of orange essential oil with either rosemary or sandalwood is simply my favorite. Or if I’m feeling super basic, spritzing my hair with rosewater also works well and makes me smell amazing. Natural scents are some of the best ways to smell better, live healthier, and can even help you make your own signature scent.
Editor’s Note: You can find an awesome essential oil perfume recipe here!
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