Have you ever thought about the effect that your personal and home fragrances may be posing? Whilst it is lovely to have a beautiful scent wherever you go, is it worth the expense to you, your loved ones and the environment? When you walk in to a room, does EVERYBODY really need to smell you? Does the outside of your fridge REALLY need to smell like vanilla?
There are literally thousands of perfumes, artificially fragranced bath, body and skin care products, candles, aroma reeds, air fresheners, room fragrances and household cleaning products that promise to leave your living spaces smelling clean and fresh. But do they?
Every day many of us squirt, spray, light, burn and diffuse a number of fragrances onto our bodies and into our home. But how many of us read the fine print and know just exactly what it is we’re filling our lungs and environment with? Just how clean and green are fragranced products?
The Environmental Working Group’s SKIN DEEP Cosmetic Safety Database is recognized as a world authority on ingredient listings and state that many synthetic fragrances pose a wide range of immediate and long-term health hazards, with links to:
~ immunotoxicity, or 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 tissues in the body
~ neurotoxicity, or harm to the brain and nervous system, a class of health problems that can range from subtle developmental delays to chronic nerve degeneration diseases.
Doesn’t sound like much fun does it?!
The good news is that today we have options:
~ choose naturally fragranced bath, body and skin care products (ie: those that are scented with pure essential oils);
~ burn candles that are made from sustainably sourced soy wax or beeswax and scented with pure essential oils ONLY and NOT a mixture of natural and synthetic fragrances; Many candles are made with paraffin wax, a petrochemical by-product that is often bleached to make it aesthetically pleasing and which, when burned, releases toxic chemicals into the air. The cleaner and greener choices are beeswax and soy wax.
~ scent your living spaces by diffusing a 100% pure essential oil blend via an oil burner;
~ open your windows and doors to allow fresh air to fill your environment;
~ ditch the conventional toxic household cleaning products for natural alternative brands or use good old fashioned vinegar and bicarb of soda.
The most important thing to remember when choosing any product is to read the label, including the fine print on the back.
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