Is your soap as safe as you think?

Your soap’s ingredient list isn’t telling the whole truth. It’s actually only telling a tiny portion. And it’s not JUST your soap!

Go to your bathroom and pick up a few products. Check the ingredients list and try finding scented products without the listing “fragrance (parfum)”.


You may find this secret ingredient in your:

Mario Badescu Skincare - facial spray with aloe, herbs and rosewater. Sounds natural? Not quite.

Mario Badescu Skincare - facial spray with aloe, herbs and rosewater. Sounds natural? Not quite.

  • deodorant

  • shampoo

  • conditioner

  • hair spray

  • de-frizzer

  • mousse

  • gel

  • lotions

  • moisturizers

  • and perfumes

It’s in just about everything, but what exactly is it?

Fragrance (parfum) represents a mixture of hidden mystery chemicals (Roughly over 3,000) and 95% of them are derived from petroleum (yuck).

Manufacturers can mix together thousands of chemicals, but the Federal Department of Agriculture (FDA) doesn’t require them to list what chemicals you’re breathing in or applying to your body.

To top it off, there are no enforced safety regulations. The safety of the product is solely up to the manufacturer. Would you trust this honor system when it comes to your health?

The worst part?

Parfum isn’t only hiding in your bathroom either.

You can also find synthetic fragrance in your:

  • Dryer sheets

  • Laundry detergent

  • Air fresheners

  • Cleaning products

  • Candles

  • Hand sanitizer

The list goes on.

You may be asking: Well, how does this apply to me?

Synthetic Fragrance is harmful to the human body AND environment.

Synthetic fragrances can enter your body in a couple of ways: inhalation and absorption.

  1. Inhalation: You’re literally breathing in products that emit volatile chemicals into the air.

  2. Absorption: Your skin is porous and semi-permeable, meaning it will absorb what it comes in contact with! Think lotion. You put it on your skin to make it softer because it’s being absorbed.

So now you have these mystery chemicals in your body, what happens next? Everyone responds differently, but here are a few things you might experience:

  • dizziness

  • nausea

  • fatigue

  • headaches (I personally get a raging headache anytime i’m around artificial air fresheners)

  • shortness of breath

  • difficulty concentrating

  • allergy-like symptoms

  • asthma attacks (Some scientists hypothesize parfum causes asthma!)

Some people are SO affected that they have to avoid normal activities to escape these nasty chemicals.

Even if you don’t experience these symptoms, that doesn’t mean you’re safe from the harmful effects of fragrance.

Fragrance has been linked to neurological and respiratory issues. Some chemicals are carcinogenic (cancer-causing) and others have been found to disrupt hormones.

Just as these fragrances impact YOU, they’re affecting OUR living, breathing planet too.

If your planet is unhealthy, there’s a good chance your food and water sources are too. It’s a big circle of life.

Spray cleaning products add to indoor pollution.

Spray cleaning products add to indoor pollution.

Sprayed into the air or washed down the drain, these chemicals find their way into our water and atmosphere.

Water treatment is unable to remove ALL the chemicals that find their way into the water, so that could mean you’re drinking and swimming in them.

Consider all of the products you’ve used in your lifetime.

You think that’s a lot?

Consider all the artificially scented products that have been used worldwide since the 19th century.

Thousands of different synthetic fragrances have wound up in our waterways and one that is particularly concerning for the planet is synthetic musk.

Synthetic musk accumulates in living organisms, AKA the seafood you’re eating.

The same way we experience adverse health effects from these chemicals in our bodies and environment, plants and animals can too.

Now that you know the truth, here’s what you can do about it!

  1. Shop Fragrance Free: Don’t trust the front of the bottle, ALWAYS check the ingredients list on the back! Some items say “fragrance-free” or “unscented.” This just means they don’t have a smell, NOT that they’re free of chemicals or “fragrance.” Fragrance may still be added to mask the smell of other ingredients in order to make it unscented.

  2. Use Natural Air Fresheners: Try an air diffuser with essential oil (I love mine)! Here are a few reasons why:

    • You can always change the scent and use different mixtures

    • Instead of polluting your air, essential oils have health benefits. You can use different blends to help with a variety of things like headaches, purifying the air, de-stressing, energizing, and more.

    • No more headaches! (Seriously, they were so bad.)

  3. Consider using baby products! Many baby products are fragrance free (not sure why they start adding nasty chemicals to adult products). Some still have fragrance, but may be free of more dangerous chemicals like phalates, parabens, and sulfates (Always read the labels!).

  4. Make your own products! There are plenty of tutorials and instructions on the web to make your own products like perfume. You’ll have the double positive of smelling good and feeling good!

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Be the Sealution and go fragrance free!

~ Jessica Jean

References:

https://www.fda.gov/cosmetics/productsingredients/ingredients/ucm388821.htm (don’t have to label fragrance)

http://www.ifraorg.org/en-us/ingredients#.XJB9ZhNKj2S

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1533259/pdf/envhper00535-0024-color.pdf

http://time.com/3703948/is-perfume-safe/

http://www.positivehealth.com/article/environmental/fragrance-a-growing-health-and-environmental-hazard

https://ehp.niehs.nih.gov/doi/10.1289/ehp.7301























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