From room deodorizers to cleaning products, perfumes and fragrances are everywhere. They may be pleasant smelling, but they frequently contain harmful chemicals that may result in irritation or more severe health issues over the long run.
Luckily, there are some natural options that odor Great and do not pollute the air.
History of Perfume
Mentioned in Egyptian hieroglyphics as early as 3,000 BC, the perfume’s been in existence for thousands of years. An ancient Mesopotamian cuneiform tablet from 1,200 BC mentions a girl named Tapputi who distilled flowers and other aromatics with acrylic to create her perfumes.
Perfumery made its way to Europe as early as the 14th century in which it became popular among royalty (mainly to hide body odor).
But while historical perfumes got their scent from flowers and other organic aromatics, modern perfumes are another story. Starting in the late 19th century, chemists started to isolate compounds from aromatic oils. These more stable synthetic versions held their odor longer.
Perfumes now rarely utilize organic ingredients, but rather are a chemical mixture very distinctive from the cologne created for centuries (and even millennia).
What’s in Perfumes and Fragrances?
Regrettably, modern cologne is increasingly full of chemicals. Due to a loophole in the Federal Fair Packaging and Labeling Act of 1973 (which requires firms label the ingredients in their products( except for odor ) businesses can pour unsafe or harmful chemicals to products and customers have no way of knowing about it.
Businesses can bulge any number of chemicals into”odor” (whether or not they are really present for odor purposes) because the fragrance is considered a trade secret and doesn’t have to be revealed.
Whenever the Environmental Working Group (EWG) tested the compounds in some popular perfumes they found that on average there were 14 unlisted chemicals in each perfume, some of which are called hormone disruptors and allergens. Others are completely untested for security in healthcare products by the USDA, International Fragrance Association, or any other organization.
Manufacturers today use approximately 3,100 components in different combinations to create perfumes and fragrances.
Three of these chemicals are:
Phthalates: This Compound is linked to autism, ADHD, and neurological Ailments and is banned in EU, Japan, South Korea, Canada, and China.
Studies also relate phthalates to cancer, endocrine Disturbance, and developmental and reproductive toxicity. Other studies link Phthalates to sperm damage and shifted reproductive growth in boys.
Musk Ketone: This synthetic fragrance ingredient builds up in fatty tissue and breast milk. It’s also supposed to cause cancer and is poisonous to the environment.
Formaldehyde: Formaldehyde is often found in plug-in fragrance warmers and air fresheners amongst other goods. The CDC admits that formaldehyde is a known human carcinogen and the more we are exposed to it that the bigger the odds of cancer. Regrettably, formaldehyde is not just seen in our perfumes and fragrances but also in many kinds of furniture and building materials.
Consider: These are just three of the 3,100 substances used in fragrances! Clearly, they aren’t as benign as odor manufacturers want us to think.
Symptoms of Fragrance Sensitivity
When a lot of men and women complain of sensitivity to perfumes, laundry detergents, and other fragranced products, a 2017 research in Australia found that the concern is based on information as well. The analysis found that many residents couldn’t be around odor without health consequences.
Fragrance chemicals can cause symptoms such as:
- reduced lung function, respiratory Distress, increased asthma
- allergic reactions
- birth defects
- mucosal symptoms
- migraine headaches
- skin problems
- cognitive Issues
- gastrointestinal problems
- and the list continues!
Clearly, fragrance Ought to Be avoided, but unscented products Aren’t the answer either.
What About Unscented Products?
Frequently, unscented products contain chemicals that Hide the Smell of the other chemicals in the product, they just don’t have a floral, musky, or comparable scent. It is basically a fragrance with no powerful odor.
Also, there are very few ingredients in conventional Perfumes (or alternative products that contain fragrance) which aren’t objectionable. While fully labeling ingredients are a good thing, it barely matters when There are so many other ingredients in these products that I like to stay away from entirely.
Alternatives to Fragrances and Perfumes
If people made Cologne for Centuries with No Synthetic chemical-laden fragrances, I am guessing perfumes and other scented products can be made this way again!
Here are some of my favorite ideas for smelling nice, naturally.
DIY Room Fragrance
These very simple homemade air freshener recipes are made with essential oils, so that they really have health benefits! Sweet orange essential oil not only uplifts the mood but also has potent antifungal properties. Lemon has both antibacterial and antiviral properties and is said to raise the mood. Ginger helps with focus and energy by stimulating the mind and might help with depression.
As a mother of little children, I am blessed if I get a shower day (sound familiar?) , so cologne can come in pretty handy. I decided to create my own mix and came up with a pretty blend. Fun fact: the wearer’s body chemistry affects the odor, so it is truly custom!
Cologne for Men
This DIY recipe for men’s deodorant Might Be enough to give Your man that just-in-from-the-woods odor. My husband likes this Otter Wax solid cologne for guys. (The Environmental Working Group Requires the Ingredients also.)
DIY Bathroom Fragrance
This natural toilet spray (I call it”Un-Doo”) is a lot like the spray which really protects the odor in the bathroom rather than simply masking the odor that’s already entered the air. Again, if you can’t or won’t DIY this one, this popular manufacturer can be natural and free of toxic substances.
Many DIY perfumes and fragrances Include essential Oils, so having those essential oils on hand could be useful too.
Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to a tablespoon Of carrier oil to make an instantaneous perfume oil. Diffusing essential oils can also add a nice scent into the room without having to spray anything.
There are some dangers to consider together with the benefits when using Essential oils so that I make sure to get mine (and information about how to use them) from a trustworthy brand. Sticking to kid-safe oils is another to way to Take the guesswork out of using essential oils.