Fragrances Can Be Harmful
” A Woman’s Perfume Tells More About Her Than Her Handwriting.” – Christian Dior
Yes, this red flag ingredient can be something so pleasing and has the ability to alter your mood so quickly. Yet we can just call it by the name of the fragrance, and it encompasses so much. It is not just the subtle perfume we spray on the neck and wrists but a complete group of chemical blends that can irritate the skin and respiratory system. In addition, some fragrances contain phthalates, which are endocrine disruptors, and research links these to developmental problems in children.
From the moment we wake up, aromas bombard our sense of smell. We start our day with a hot shower, lathering ourselves in fragrant soap. Then we apply deodorant, perfume, or cologne. As we walk out the door, other smells, such as fresh-brewed coffee or frying bacon, greet us. And that’s just the beginning. Throughout the day, we encounter countless other odors, both pleasant and unpleasant. This barrage of smells is relatively new; until recently, humans didn’t go around smelling like a bouquet of flowers. So how did this change?