Check out my fragrance-free recommendations here. 

Fragrances aren’t safe, no matter what a product label says. Fragrances are a common ingredient in many personal care products, from perfumes and colognes to lotions and shampoos. However, despite their widespread use, many people are unaware of the potential dangers that fragrances can pose to human health. In this blog post, we will explore why fragrances are dangerous and what you can do to protect yourself.

Whenever the word Fragrance, Essence, Parfum, or Aroma is used in any product it basically means that you are getting an unknown chemical soup that can cause irritation to the skin, eyes, or lungs and cause organ system toxicity. Source

“The word “fragrance” or “parfum” on the product label represents an undisclosed mixture of various scent chemicals and ingredients used as fragrance dispersants such as diethyl phthalate. Fragrance mixes have been associated with allergies, dermatitis, respiratory distress and potential effects on the reproductive system.” Environmental Working Group

Dr. Anne C. Steinemann a scientist, friend, and, expert on fragrances says that: Fragranced consumer products—such as air fresheners, laundry supplies, personal care products, and cleaners—contain chemicals that are not disclosed to the public.

It breaks my heart to see and hear about so many people who unknowingly are poisoning their bodies via the products they use on their skin. From cleaning products to cosmetics and personal care products, Fragrances are the toxic ingredient no one is talking about despite it hurting millions of people each year.

How Do Fragrances Affect Our Health?
Fragrances disrupt the body’s hormone system and can make us fat. Some of the chemicals found in fragrances are known endocrine disruptors, meaning they can interfere with the way hormones are produced and regulated in the body. This can lead to a wide range of health problems, including reproductive issues, thyroid problems, and even cancer.

Fragrances contain a complex mixture of chemicals, many of which are known endocrine disruptors. For example, phthalates are commonly used in fragrances to help the scent last longer. However, phthalates have been linked to reproductive problems and have been shown to interfere with the endocrine system in animal studies. In addition to phthalates, fragrances may also contain other endocrine disruptors such as parabens, musks, and synthetic musks. These chemicals can also interfere with the body’s hormone system, leading to a wide range of health problems. They have been linked to weight gain in animal studies, as they can interfere with the way the body metabolizes and stores fat. Parabens have also been linked to weight gain in animal studies, as they can mimic the hormone estrogen, which can affect the way the body uses and stores fat.

Fragrances can also irritate the skin and eyes. These effects are sometimes more pronounced in people with sensitive skin or conditions like eczema. In some cases, fragrances can even cause contact dermatitis, a type of skin irritation that results in red, itchy, and inflamed skin.

Fragrances are a common trigger for histamine intolerance because they contain a complex mixture of chemicals that can cause an abnormal release of histamine resulting in anaphylaxis, hives, itching, difficulty breathing, headache, nausea, vomiting, and more.

Fragrances can affect the respiratory system by irritating the airways and triggering allergic reactions. When inhaled, fragrances can cause symptoms such as coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath.
People with respiratory conditions, such as asthma or allergies, are particularly at risk of experiencing adverse effects from fragrances. These conditions can make the airways more sensitive and susceptible to irritation, which can worsen symptoms and make it difficult to breathe.

Fragrances can interfere with the brain and nervous system resulting in neurological symptoms such as:

  • Dizziness
  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Memory problems
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Irritability
  • Mood changes

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Are Fragrances Regulated For Safty?
Sadly in the U.S. any company can make a cosmetic product and label it as safe, non-toxic, all-natural, and even say that it is organic. Our government has not set up any laws yet which require disclosure of all the chemical ingredients in a consumer product.
In addition to this, there are no laws in the U.S. that require disclosure of the ingredients in any given fragrance. This means you can purchase an all-natural shampoo and if it has the word “fragrance” in the list of ingredients you have no clue what chemicals were added to the product in the manufacturing process. These chemicals can be chemicals that have been banned and are known to cause cancer, reproductive issues, neurological damage, etc. yet they are allowed. For more information on this please click here.

Even worse the “FDA lacks the authority to require manufacturers to test cosmetics for safety, including fragranced products before they are sold to consumers. As a result, people using perfume, cologne, body spray, and other scented cosmetics like lotion and aftershave are unknowingly exposed to chemicals that may increase their risk for certain health problems.” Source

Moms, this means that the sweet-smelling baby lotion you use on your newborn wasn’t tested for safety nor is there a national database housing health reactions to the product. Your sweet-smelling baby lotion could contain toxic ingredients, even things like formaldehyde and by government standards, it’s totally OK.

Ladies, that expensive perfume you love to bathe in can contain hundreds of cancer-causing, endocrine-disrupting chemicals that haven’t been tested for safety nor have they been tested to see what their synergistic effect is. The same goes for men’s cologne and aftershave.

Any product that contains the words Fragrance, Essence, Parfum, or Aroma should be avoided if you want to truly take care of your health. From candles to dishwashing liquid and perfume, these products contain hidden chemicals that are slowly harming each and every person on the planet. Many of the chemicals found in fragrances can pollute the air and water, and can even contribute to the formation of ground-level ozone, which is a major component of smog.

I could go on and on but I won’t, instead, I will leave a few links below to helpful resources concerning the dangers of fragrances in cosmetics and cleaning products. Please do the research to protect your health and the health of your family. Eating healthy organic food, exercising, and avoiding GMOs are not the only changes needed for good health. Avoidance of chemicals in everyday products and in our environment is also extremely important for maintaining optimal health.

Please don’t be the person who watches everything you put into your mouth but then slathers pounds of toxic chemicals on your body each month. When I think about this topic I always imagine a beautiful woman who works out and has defined legs, abs and arms. She plants her own greens and fruits, makes her food from scratch, exercises avoids processed sugar, and eats lots of nutrient-dense foods. But just before she leaves home she showers her beautifully sculpted body in gasoline. She then sprays more gasoline all over her before walking out the door.

This may sound extreme but it is literally a picture of what millions of women and men do each day. It is a picture of myself many, many moons ago. Thankfully I learned about the toxic chemicals used in perfume and cosmetics over a decade ago and what I found out changed my life forever.

Now it’s your turn. Will you make the change and begin to eliminate fragrances from your life? I promise that in the end, your body will thank you! Eliminating fragrances doesn’t have to be stressful. Just eliminate one item each week, until you get rid of all of the fragranced items in your home.
If you need to find safer, low-tox replacements for everyday home products and personal care products, I’ve got you covered. Check out my fragrance-free recommendations here.

With Love,
Chemical Free Gal

Resources:

Click here to find Fragrance Free Products 

Fragrance Chemical Reports 

Dr. Anne Steinemann Publications on Fragrance

Toxins in Everyday Household Products with Anne Steinemann PhD – A MUST WATCH

Can smells make you sick? Research shows scent sensitivity could be dangerous

Toxic Chemicals in Children’s Clothing Pushed This Father to Make a Documentary – Don’t Miss It – Watch For Free

Meeting Alan Bell – Author of The New Book “Poisoned”

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