Many people have a signature scent that they love and don't question, however these scents can cause many problems for our health because of the chemicals encompassed in the code word fragrance.
Fragrance is a word that encompasses 3,100 chemicals. The use of a code word allows companies to put chemicals in our products without our knowlege. Because there are so many possible chemicals, many of these chemicals are secret and untested. These chemicals can be linked to allergic reactions and even hormone disruption which in the long run can create a variety of illnesses.
In the past, scents were natural and came from the musk dear, but today these scents are produced in labs. Two of the thousands of chemicals that are hiding in fragrance are phthalates and dioxane. Phthalates are found in 70% of perfumes tested. They are linked to obesity, asthma, behavioral problems, genital changes in boys and early puberty in girls. In fact, when you get exposed to small amounts every day, they can build up in your body. In a recent study, pregnant women who used perfume were found to have phthalate concentrations that are 167 times higher than in non users. This is why it is important to switch to natural perfumes that use oils, plants, or perfumes that specifically don't use phthalates.
Another one of these chemicals, Dioxane, is found in many fragrances. This chemical can wreak havoc on our hormone systems as well. Dioxane is often found in products that write natural on their labels so it is important to do further research into these products. These chemicals are also found in other products besides perfume such as shampoo or lotion. In fact, Dioxane is contained in many baby shampoos.
Overall, is the hormone disruption caused by these products worth it when there are safer alternatives? The thousands of chemicals in fragrance are linked to allergic reactions and hormone disruption. By simply switching to perfumes that are natural and don't contain fragrance made in labs, you can lower your chance of disease greatly in the long run. Luckily, you can utilize resources such as ewg.org to search how safe your personal care products really are.
By: Sara Frawley