Hidden Dangers of Fragrance

I never knew my lotion, cleaning products and shampoo were making me sick.

If you're like me you probably love smelling good, like your home to smell good, and enjoy some aromatherapy from time to time right? I think I used to have a scent addiction honestly. All the tantalizing fragrances from Bath and Body Works and Victoria's Secret always had me spending money on sprays, candles, fresheners, and more. I had no idea that "fragrance" was really a term used to mean that hundreds of hidden toxins were lurking in my body sprays and scented candles.

“When you see "fragrance" on a personal care product's label, read it as "hidden chemicals. A major loophole in FDA's federal law lets manufacturers of products like shampoo, lotion, and body wash include nearly any ingredient in their products under the name "fragrance" without actually listing the chemical...” -EWG

Let's go back to 2016. I started this whole "natural mom" thing. Well that sent me down a rabbit hole of tons of controversial topics and other health related fact finding missions. Some of the things I have learned about and researched over the years are simply astonishing. One thing that still has me reeling is just how fragrance is even legal when we consider the health implications it has on ourselves and our kids.

So what does fragrance actually do?

  • Can cause allergies

  • Known to cause immunotoxicity - Ingredients linked to harm to the immune system, a class of health problems that manifest as allergic reactions or an impaired capacity to fight disease and repair damaged tissue in the body.

  • Can exacerbate respiratory issues such as asthma

  • Phthalates, used to make fragrances last longer, are associated damage to the male reproductive system

  • Artificial musks accumulate in our bodies and can be found in breast milk. Some artificial musks are even linked to cancer.

  • Can cause hormone disruption - which can lead to other health issues that impacted by your hormones like sleep, stress, weight, metabolism and more.

Now that I'm aware what can I do?

My best advice is just avoid it! It seems easier said than done. It's tough. The good thing is that you can slowly phase out these products and swap in healthier non toxic options. Here are some of my tips...

  • Make your own cleaning products using essential oils

  • Make your own air freshening sprays & use diffusers instead of plug ins or candles

  • Slowly make healthy swaps in your personal care products anything with parfum, or fragrance on the label toss it!

  • Choose laundry soap, hand soap, dishwashing soap, dryer sheets etc that are fragrance free.

  • You can customize any scent free products in your home with Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade essential oils

DIY Ideas...

If you are looking for ideas to make some of the items listed above you can click HERE. The dōTERRA blog website is one of my favorite places for healthy inspiration. If you are looking to learn more about dōTERRA and want to find out how to save money on your oils shoot me an email HERE.

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