Fragrance, Parfum? Nothing Wrong With These Words, Is There?
Well, actually YES, there is!
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Most soap, shampoo, bath products in addition to household cleansers and laundry products contain fragrance. When a product has the word “fragrance” on the label the actual chemical compound is rarely listed.
Fragrance may refer to a totally natural blend of scents but, it can also represent a very dodgy combination of chemical ingredients. The perfume giants keep their parfum / fragrance recipes a secret. Fair enough to a certain extent, it’s a cut – throat business.
However, this does mean that all the suspect ingredients can be hidden. A big proportion of these are derived from petroleum. One of the worst is our old enemy Phthalates, a previous Baddie, which is used to help dissolve other ingredients and also used in PVC.
One of the assumptions made about these chemical fragrances is that they are regarded as environmentally low risk in comparison to pesticides but they do persist in the wastewater flowing into rivers and seas and are proving harmful to marine life. Most water treatment methods do not remove fragrance components. Fragrance is increasingly cited as a trigger in asthma, allergies, migraine and some ingredients have been found in breast milk.
MUSK AMBRETTE is a very common ingredient in synthetic fragrances as a fixative and is used to slow evaporation. M A is suspected of causing damage to nerve cells, including brain cells. It persists in the environment and pollutes waterways while threatening aquatic life. Musks can be a combination of hundreds of different chemicals. Unfortunately, the label that reads “fragrance” does not tell you what it is made up of. Come to think about it, it would take an small book to list all these Nasties so the Big Boys have a ready made Out.
National Geographic Magazine has published articles that state that synthetic fragrances found in shampoos, soaps and personal care products are harmful to the marine environment and potentially to humans.
The fact is that many soaps, personal care ranges and shampoos along with household cleaners and laundry products include Fragrance. The Fragrance industry is booming. Thousands of tons of synthetics are churned out every year with very little legislation to safeguard us and the planet.
Please remember, in this case ...WHAT YOU DON’T KNOW CAN HURT YOU.
Some Common Ingredients of Synthetic Fragrances
Benzenethanol: A sweet-smelling, floral, rose synthetic fragrance which is irritating to the eyes, skin, and upper respiratory tract..
Benzenemethanol: Used as a carrier for other fragrance chemicals, benzenemethanol is a solvent and sweet floral synthetic fragrance. .
Benzaldehyde: 4-Hydroxy-3-Methoxy: This synthetic fragrance adds vanilla notes but is a nasty additive which aggravates the throat, mouth, lungs, skin and eyes.
Ethyl linalool: This synthetic fragrance mimics French lavender and bergamot. In fact, it is far from the real thing. It is also commonly used in pesticides.
Eugenol: A synthetic fragrance used to replace clove oil. It can trigger dermatitis while irritating the skin, eyes, and airways. Also found in fungicides, insecticides, and pesticides.
Galaxolide 50: A synthetic musk fragrances, suspected as a hormone disrupter and a carcinogen.
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