Enchanted with the beautiful fragrance of a particular cosmetic or a beauty product? Before you get too obsessed with that lingering scent, it’s important for you to know the ‘source’ of same. More often than not, commercial beauty brands refuse (or at least camouflage!) to disclose the origin of these fragrances. Here’s the reason;
Some Real Facts and Concerns
Currently, the International Fragrance Association (IFRA) lists 3,059 ingredients being used as fragrance compounds, and there is at least some evidence that links these to serious health concerns such as reproductive toxicity, allergies, nervous system disorders, sensitivity, birth defects, and even cancer! Not to mention they are alarming environmental toxins as well.
A study in 2016 assessed that 95% of random samples of US residents were exposed to synthetically scented skincare and hair care products at least once a week. Many who are exposed to such products often complain of problems such as migraines, asthma, breathing difficulties, and gastrointestinal problems. 34% of those exposed, report at least one or more types of adverse health effects.
What are the Most Common Artificial Fragrances?
As described by the FDA, ‘fragrance’ is an unidentified, artificial mixture of ingredients. Some of the worst toxic artificial fragrances, or rather synthetic scents, are used in lotions, shampoos, conditioners, gels, sunscreen, deodorants, serums, cosmetics, perfumes, colognes, body sprays and others which are often labeled by the big giants as just, ‘fragrance’ or ‘parfum’!
While these companies hide their chemical formula under the veil of ‘trade secrets’, here, we disclose the most commonly used ingredients as synthetic scents in skincare and hair care products:
- Acetaldehyde –National Toxicology Program and The International Agency for Research on Cancer suspects and classifies Acetaldehydes as potentially carcinogenic in humans.
- Benzophenones – It is an endocrine disrupting compound that not only disturbs our hormonal system (especially, in women), but may also cause organ system toxicity and tumors.
- Butylated Hydroxyanisole (BHA) – Under California’s Prop 65, this compound is listed as a carcinogen and also finds a place in the list of Priority 1 Endocrine Receptors.
- Betoxyethanol – Exposure in heavy dosage can lead to vomiting and nausea; skin, eye, throat and nose irritation and blood in the urine. Long term usage can impair your kidneys, nervous system, lymphoid system, respiratory system and blood cells.
- Synthetic Musks (Tonalide, Musk Ketone, Musk Xylene, Galaxolide) – It can creep into the breast milk and can stay for years in body fats and newborn’s cord blood. Not to mention, it is also an endocrine disruptor and can cause organ damage in newborns.
- Oxybenzone (BP-3) – It is a UV filter and is toxic to the blood, kidney and liver cells.
- Formaldehyde – It is a very well researched human carcinogen and is banned in several toiletries in countries like Japan and Sweden. These are often mixed with other carcinogenic fragrance ingredients to form MEA, DEA, TEA (ethanolamines) and Nitrosamines.
- Choloromethanes – Not only it is a greenhouse producing gas, but it can cause chronic effects to our liver and nervous system as well. Dichloromethane, on the other hand, is linked to mammary gland tumors.
If you read these ingredients on your product labels, you must immediately stop using them. This especially stands true for pregnant women, infants, children and elderly people who are amongst the most vulnerable populations when it comes to becoming affected by these toxins.
Some of the other chemicals that you should avoid are: Titanium Dioxide, Dioxane, Styrene, Resorcinol etc.
The Way Out
Thousands of years ago, pure fragrances derived from nature were used in skin care, hair care, and body care products.. as well as in aromatherapy to bake it into our DNA in order to induce certain health benefits.
Buying certified organic products that provide an ingredients list are less likely to include the aforementioned harmful artificial scents, and their dangerous side effects.
Choosing products that use 100% pure essential oils will help you cleanse your body and the air around you. Some of the best essential oil fragrances: Peppermint, Calendula, Geranium, Sandalwood, Evening Primrose, Lemon, Lavender, Rose, Chamomile, Rosewood, and Vanilla.
So remember…read your labels when shopping next time, particularly if it’s a scented product. Remember that high-quality products that use 100% pure essential oils are not as cheap as synthetic products…it takes literally hundreds of flowers to make just a drop of fragrance rich – essential oil.
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