You can find fragrance in just about everything. From makeup to your shampoo to perfume. And even more so, you find fragrance in your cleaning supplies, hand soaps, and candles. Are they dangerous?
The short answer is yes.
Fragrances are tricky because you really have no idea what you’re getting. It’s a broad term that was put in place in the 60’s so that companies could protect their trade secrets for their specific scents. It could be any number of the industry’s 3100 stock chemicals. So the problem is, you never know what kind of chemical combination they’re using to come up with this smell. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) analyzed some ingredients in cosmetics in 2004. The study showed that about half of all products examined list the word “fragrance” on the label.
Fragrances are considered to be one of the top five known allergens. Some types of asthma attacks are specifically triggered by cosmetic fragrances. Fragrance oils can contain combinations of asamines, ethers, ketones, lactones, terpenes, and can contain benzene and aldahydes. All of these things have been linked to cancer, birth defects, central nervous system disorders, neurological disorders, and allergic reactions.
Be smart about the choices you make for yourself and your family! Do your research, and decide what you can and can’t afford to use!
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