As much as I prefer to focus on the positives, i.e the beautiful natural and organic beauty products and fragrances on the market - I think its equally as important to GET REAL on WHY we need to switch to these gorgeous natural products over the conventional toxic potions. PERFUMES seem to be a pretty good place to start...
You might smell good in the short-term, but did you know that wearing perfume may have nasty implications for your health in the long run?
There is MOUNTAINS of research out there to suggest that mainstream fragrances are absolutely stacked full of harmful chemicals. In fact, there is so much info readily available I'm surprised that these products are allowed to stay on supermarket shelves!
There are literally millions of people absorbing, inhaling and ingesting these harmful chemicals EVERYDAY.... and they have no idea of the gnarly (and dangerous) side effects! SO I thought I would enlighten you so you can make a more informed choice when you're walking down the super market isle and deciding what to buy your mum for Christmas..
WHY MOST PERFUME + FRAGRANCE AIN'T SO ROSEY AFTER ALL...
More than 95 percent of the chemicals in synthetic fragrances are derived from petrochemicals. These chemicals include: benzene derivatives, aldehydes, phthalates and a slew of other known toxins that are capable of causing:
- Birth defects;
- Nervous-system disorders; and
Not convinced? The Environmental Working Group (EWG) researchers have found that over 75 percent of products listing the ingredient “fragrance” contained phthalates (THAL-ates) which is a KNOWN CARCINOGEN and has been linked to:
- Disruption of hormonal activity;
- Reduced sperm counts;
- Reproductive malformation; and
- Liver and breast cancer, diabetes, and obesity.
Additionally, studies by Dr. Philip J. Landrigan of the Mount Sinai Children’s Environmental Health Center, link fetal exposure with autism, ADHD, and neurological disorders.
IT DOESN'T STOP THERE LADIES...
It's not just your perfume you need to worry about. ANY PRODUCT THAT USES ARTIFICIAL FRAGRANCES HAS THE POTENTIAL TO CAUSE HARM. Think:
- spray deodorants
- body creams
- makeup and so on
The list is endless. Its really important to get in the habit of checking out the ingredients for every item you buy. If you don't know what something is, it might be worth (your health!) to take a minute to research it..
To make things a little easier, I have compiled a list of the ALL NATURAL, NON TOXIC fragrances (such as Hanako therapies pictured below) I have tried that are derived from *essential oils as opposed to *synthetic fragrance. Read my review HERE