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JournalIt smells good but is it good for you and the planet?

It smells good but is it good for you and the planet?

It smells good but is it good for you and the planet?

What are Fragrance Chemicals?

Fragrance chemicals are a group of compounds that are used in personal care products to give them a particular smell. There are thousands of different fragrance chemicals, and they’re found in everything from shampoo to laundry detergent to body lotion. They can also be found in air fresheners, candles and other household products like carpet cleaners. The problem with fragrance chemicals is twofold: firstly, they’re often derived from petroleum which means they contain harmful ingredients such as phthalates (which have been linked to reproductive issues) or parabens (which have been linked with cancer). Secondly – and this one might come as a surprise – many people react negatively when exposed directly or indirectly through inhalation/ingestion of these substances!

It’s a common misconception that if something smells good, it must be good for you and the planet. However, this assumption can be far from the truth. Many products on the market today use synthetic fragrances to create an appealing aroma, but these fragrances can contain harmful chemicals that can be detrimental to your health and the environment. Some fragrance chemicals have been shown to be toxic or carcinogenic (cancer-causing) when inhaled or absorbed through the skin. For example, parabens are used as preservatives in many cosmetics but have been linked with endocrine disruption and reproductive toxicity; phthalates are used to make plastics soft but have been linked with reproductive toxicity; and musks can be contaminated with carcinogenic nitrosamines.

The Challenge of Avoiding Fragrance Chemicals

The challenge of avoiding fragrance chemicals is a bit like trying to find a needle in a haystack. The reason for this is that many products are labeled with vague terms like “natural” or “organic,” which don’t necessarily mean they’re free of synthetic ingredients. In fact, many so-called natural and organic products contain hidden fragrance chemicals that could be harmful to your health.

In addition to the difficulty in identifying these chemicals on labels, there are also no regulations requiring manufacturers to disclose all ingredients used in their products (including fragrances). This makes it difficult for consumers who want to avoid certain chemicals or find out what’s actually going into their bodies when they use personal care products or household cleaners every day but don’t know what those ingredients actually are!

Tips for Avoiding Fragrance Chemicals

Read product labels carefully.

Look for products with natural fragrances, such as essential oils or plant extracts.

Choose products with refillable or recycled packaging, which can be more environmentally friendly than disposable containers.

The good news is that there are now many fragrance products on the market that are free of the chemicals listed above, or at least have reduced amounts. The bad news is that it can be difficult to find them.

You can start by looking for products labeled “phthalate-free” or “paraben-free”.If you see any ingredients in those lists that sound unfamiliar or alarming (like any of those listed above), choose another product! Also look for brands whose fragrances are made from natural sources like essential oils, botanical extracts and flower essences; these will likely contain fewer synthetic chemicals than others do.

If you’re still having trouble finding a product with a pleasant scent without compromising health or the environment, consider making your own: try making hand soap with coconut oil instead of liquid castile soap; use vinegar instead of fabric softener when washing clothes; make candles out of soy wax rather than paraffin wax! And also, natural fragrances, such as essential oils, can replace synthetic fragrances, providing a safer and more sustainable option. Additionally, products that use refillable containers or packaging made from recycled materials can significantly reduce waste and help protect the planet.

So, the next time you’re tempted by a product that smells good, take a closer look at the ingredients and packaging to ensure it’s truly good for you and the planet. By making conscious choices, you can enjoy a pleasant scent while also doing your part to protect your health and the environment.

Here at Perfume Playground, we only use high-quality natural botanicals, so no synthetics, free from glycols, petrochemicals, and the chemical nasties that are rife in the fragrance industry, that are known to cause hormonal imbalances. We also use organic alcohol locally sourced from a master distiller, so it’s a scent made fresh for you.

“Perfume is the invisible, unforgettable, fashionable accessory that announces your arrival and prolongs your departure”

 – Coco Chanel

1 Comment

  • “Designing your custom & naturally scented hand soap” would be a fun addition to your workshops, especially in an online format 🙂

    Thanks for this interesting read!

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