Why You Should Know About Fragrance
The word “fragrance” or “parfum” on the product label represents an undisclosed mixture of various scent chemicals and ingredients used as fragrance dispersants such as diethyl phthalate. Fragrance mixes have been associated with allergies, dermatitis, respiratory distress and potential effects on the reproductive system. (from Earth Watch Group)
The reasons? Fragrance, also called parfum, is a key ingredient in perfumes and colognes. It is put in a wide range of products from: air fresheners, detergents, soaps, and cleaners, diapers, candles, medications, cosmetics, and sunscreens.
According to a study, 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 cancer, birth defects, nervous-system disorders and allergies – some of which are cited on the EPA’s hazardous waste list. Over 4,000 chemicals are used to make fragrances and hundreds can be used in one product. Many of these chemicals vaporise into the air we breathe.
Please watch this SBS Documentary on the dangers of Second-Hand Scent.
Please see The Case Against Fragrance, by best-selling Australian author Kate Grenville.
More coming … there is now a large amount of new research available showing that Fragrance is REALLY BAD … particularly in most personal care, cosmetics and scented candles!
Another really good reason to go Certified Organic.