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Is your perfume killing you?
Dangers of Perfumes and Fragrances
Perfumes and fragrances are linked to a staggering number of health risks. Across multiple research studies, chemicals used to make perfumes and fragrances are classified as allergens, hormone disruptors, asthma triggers, neurotoxins & carcinogens. The punchline: perfumes are highly toxic.
Perfumes commonly contain phthalates, which are chemicals that help the scents last longer. Health risks for phthalates are startling and include cancer, human reproductive and developmental toxicity, endocrine disruption, birth defects & respiratory problems. These toxic villains are very hard to avoid because manufacturers are not required to list them on ingredient labels.
Fragrance secrecy is legal due to a giant loophole in the Federal Fair Packaging and Labeling Act of 1973, which requires companies to list cosmetics ingredients on the product labels but explicitly exempts “fragrance”.
Here is a list of some of the top known chemical ingredients used in popular fragrances and the research about their toxic effects:
Styrene: stai·reen National Toxicology Program and the National Academy of Science, have declared styrene to be an anticipated human carcinogen” in 2011.
Phthalates: Can disrupt your hormones and cause hormonal imbalances. Studies have found that phthalates are endocrine disruptors that can decrease IQ by 6 points in children whose mothers were exposed to them during pregnancy. The use of phthalates have also been linked to sperm damage in studies. Also, phthalates are also considered “obesogens” which means they can suppress the metabolism and contribute to obesity.
Musk ketone: A skin irritant and hormone disruptor.
Benzaldehyde: This substance is a known narcotic, lung and eye irritant. It causes nausea, abdominal pain, and kidney damage.
Benzyl acetate: Known carcinogen, which causes eye and lung irritation as well as coughing
Ethyl acetate: Can cause eye and respiratory irritation
Linalool: Can cause respiratory disturbances in animal studies, depression, and central nervous system disorders.
These are just some of the hundreds of toxins that have been found in fragrances.
These are POISONS THAT YOU DO NOT WANT TO BE PUTTING ON YOUR BODY!
Here is a chart showing a list of popular fragrances and what toxins have been found in them:
Stop spraying toxins on your body!
Essential Oils and Aromatherapy to the rescue!
Essential oils have been used for thousands of years for their health benefits as well as their mood enhancing benefits.
Aromatherapy uses oils extracted from flowers, seeds, leaves, roots, fruit and twigs for specific physiological, psychological, and spiritual effects. Blends of essential oils are formulated to work in harmony with the body and may have an ability to affect a person’s well-being. These ALL NATURAL oils derived from the parts of plants or trees, essential oils possess a complex nature that is difficult to reproduce outside of nature. In fact, some oils contain substances that don’t occur anywhere else naturally.
Aromatherapy assists your body’s natural ability to balance and heal itself.
Essential oils can help physiological, psychological and spiritual practices to enhance your healing process and overall happiness.
When using essential oils to make perfume, I LOVE to use Jasmine, Rose, and Neroli.
They have an amazing floral scent and give feelings of euphoria when you smell them. Along with their amazing scent, they also have wonderful healing properties and benefits.
Benefits of Essential Oils of Jasmine, Rose, and Neroli
Jasmine Oil Benefits
Reduce depression and anxiety relief
Improve immunity and help fight Infections
Improve PMS symptoms- Helps balance hormones
Help with Post-Pregnancy Symptoms
Rose Oil Benefits
Decreases anxiety and stress
Stimulates sex drive
Mood enhancer and eases depressive symptoms
Neroli Oil Benefits
Lowers inflammation & pain
Reduces stress & improve symptoms of menopause
Decreases blood pressure & cortisol levels
Repairs & rejuvenates skin