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Fragrance - It Stinks!

Updated: May 18, 2018

See that long list of ingredients on the back of the bottle? Some probably aren't as safe as you'd hope.


A National Academy of Sciences points out some vital facts: About 95 percent of chemicals used in synthetic fragrances are derived from petroleum (crude oil). They include benzene derivatives (carcinogenic), aldehydes, toluene and many other known toxic chemicals linked to cancer, birth defects, central nervous system disorders and allergic reactions.


Unfortunately, 30 years later, toxic ingredients continue to turn up in products we use and breathe in on a daily basis. Some of the worst toxic ingredients used in lotions, shampoos, laundry detergents, cleaning products and so much more include synthetic scents, often listed as on labels as the elusive “fragrance.” And many on the list are known or suspected endocrine disruptors. Compounds that tinker with hormonal health that can trigger weight gain and even set you up for diseases decades down the line. (Read full article)


Avoiding the dangers of synthetic scents is crucial. Synthetic fragrances are completely unnecessary and are making us super sick in our modern-day world. Share this with your family and friends.


If you want to increase your and your families risk of cancer, child autism, birth defects, allergic and toxic body reactions, asthma, breathing difficulties, and not to mention the potential harms that have yet to be directly linked by science than pay no attention to the ingredients on labels. BUT if you are concerned than turn over EVERY label (even the companies that are "natural"). It is likely you will see "fragrance" listed. Fragrance, I have noticed, is often at the bottom of the long list.


Look closely, Read wisely. Make sure the label reads "Fragrance Free"

Look for products that use essential oils. Buy "pure" high-quality essential oils and avoid cheap synthetic ones. Make your own products when you can.


Need extra guidance? I highly recommend referring to the Environmental Working Group's (EWG) website and guides often.



Many of the safe products are showing up in conventional grocery stores, can easily be found at a natural or coop food store, or purchased online.

You can find hundreds of safe products from hair care to laundry soap on the EWG Website.



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