Remember when you were younger and you loved those crazy lotions, lip balms, and perfumes with a scent that, at the time, was out of this world? Most of us have a special scent in mind – maybe it reminds you of your childhood best friend or the first time you spent your own money on the beauty item you actually wanted. Either way, it was then that we first got hooked on items with specific fragrances. Some of us like the “fresh linen” scent and others may opt for a fruity or sweet scent. The thing is, while these scents may be fun, they pose dangers to the human body and the environment.
Beauty items ranging from perfumes to lipsticks may contain dozens of different chemicals concocted from a whopping 3,100 lab-made ingredients just to achieve a particular scent. Now, some products with a fragrance may contain trace amounts of natural essences, but only to be overshadowed by dozens of chemical alternatives that are synthetic and derived from petroleum. In other words, fragrances are known to be hazardous and should be avoided at all costs.
Concerns about fragrances in beauty products range from short term effects to long term effects. According to EWG’s Cosmetic Database on fragrance, it rates an 8/10 in toxicity and is rated a moderate to high hazard. Fragrances are common allergens for consumers, some of which may lead to immune system suppression. EWG also states that fragrances can lead to organ system toxicity, irritation in the eyes, on the skin, or in the lungs, and are toxic to the environment. Another study, published by The Huffington Post concluded that certain chemicals used in fragrances “may cause cancer” and/or “fetal, hormonal, and reproductive toxicity.”
Don’t despair, there are healthier alternatives out there! The scents we offer are all phthalate free and most contain essential oils to create the scent, rather than harmful, synthetic ingredients.
Start by investigating your products and their ingredients, where they are manufactured, and how the ingredients are sourced. Remember, your long-term health is more important than smelling like freshly cut grass or a musky bouquet of roses.
Author: Tamryn Burgess