The sense of smell is undoubtedly one of the most seductive of the 5 human senses. It serves us to perceive the smell of a flower, the delicious food aroma, or the seduction of different perfume fragrances.
However, the problem comes with today’s lifestyle and the modern fragrances that are not only synthetic, but also toxic and very dangerous to the human health.
The dangers of synthetic scents are not always evident. But, thanks to the advances in science, it has been proven that everyone, regardless of age or health, should avoid the use of ‘false’ or synthetic fragrances.
About 70% of patients who experience migraine problems complain of a headache after 25 minutes of exposure to volatile organic compounds. According to health specialists, perfumes, shampoos, candles, and other products that emit synthetic fragrances can be dangerous for the human health and have toxic effects on certain organs.
Human studies on the effects of scents have shown that about a third of people are sensitive to fragrances. This usually manifests itself with headaches and allergic reactions, such as asthma and rashes.
The reason for this is that many of the perfume components are synthetic substances, and some of those are a trade secret. As such, they cannot be exposed to the public. And, perfumers can use more than 3,000 chemical components to create a specific fragrance! Consequently, allergy sufferers cannot know which product can cause a hypersensitivity reaction.
The Health Risks Of Synthetic Fragrances
Synthetic scents or fragrances represent a mixture of different, unidentified ingredients. These ingredients include respiratory irritants, allergens, carcinogens, neurotoxic chemicals, endocrine disruptors, and environmentally harmful chemicals. Additional studies have found that most ‘fragrances’ contain phthalates related to a reduction in sperm count, reproductive malformations, breast cancer and liver cancer, diabetes, and obesity among others.
You can find these artificial fragrances in all kinds of cosmetic and skin care products as well as in environmental deodorants, cleaning supplies, detergents, candles, etc. According to the campaign for safe cosmetics, hair products are a real problem. More than 95 percent of shampoos, conditioners and styling products contain ‘fragrances’ as ingredients.
Here Are Some Facts
Nearly 95 percent of the ingredients used in synthetic scents are made of petroleum (crude oil). These include carcinogenic benzene derivatives, toluene, and aldehydes among many other toxic ingredients. Studies link some of these ingredients to congenital malformations, cancer, allergic reactions, and disorders of the central nervous system.
Unfortunately, today, toxic chemicals are still present in the products we use on a daily basis. You can find some of the most dangerous ones in creams, lotions, shampoo, soap, detergents, and household cleaning products, generally read on the labels as ‘fragrance’. Many of these considered to be endocrine disruptors, or components that can affect hormonal health such as weight gain and various diseases over time.
It’s of crucial importance to avoid the dangers of synthetic fragrances. It’s something we need to share with friends and family. When a product company lists ‘fragrance’ or ‘perfume’ on the label, do not be fooled. This term can mean a huge amount of different chemicals, many of which we cannot even pronounce. But unfortunately, our skin absorbs them. Did you know that it only takes 26 seconds for chemicals and toxins to enter our bloodstream?
Perfume Use Recommendations
- Do not spray excessive amounts of perfume directly on your skin. Instead, apply the perfume on your hands and then rub the pulse points of your body.
- Avoid using perfume during sunny days. When you’re on a direct sunlight for a long time, it can cause allergic reactions or dark spots on your skin.
- Avoid perfumes that contain bergamot (very aromatic lime), as when exposed to sunlight, the citrus generates spots.
- If applied to dry skin, perfumes can cause allergy. Therefore, it’s important to moisturize your skin before putting the fragrance.
- If you have an allergic reaction, consult a medical specialist as soon as possible. Remember, early treatment is more likely to succeed.
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