What’s that smell? Unfortunately, there’s no way to know. Fragrance is considered a trade secret, so companies don’t have to tell us what’s in it – often dozens or even hundreds of synthetic chemical compounds.
Why Are Synthetic Fragrances So Bad?
The fragrance industry uses neurotoxic, carcinogenic, and toxic-waste chemicals derived from petroleum to make sweet-smelling products that we’re surrounded with every day. They don’t care about your health any more than the tobacco industry does. They’re not required to disclose these ingredients on the labels. The Material Safety Data Sheets for these chemicals contain warnings to avoid inhalation of vapors and skin exposure, and yet they’re in products you inhale and apply to your skin!
These poisons are in perfumes and cosmetics, soaps and shampoos, detergents and fabric softeners, air ‘fresheners’, scented candles and cleaning products. Fragrance chemicals also pollute the environment. Once they’re in your body, they affect your brain and organs, nervous and immune systems. If you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, these chemicals are absorbed by your child. Like second-hand smoke, synthetic fragrances “carry” on the air. When you use toxic chemicals, everyone around you absorbs them, whether they want to or not.
We’re all adversely affected by these chemicals- not just people with MCS and asthma. Many people who may not think they have MCS don’t realize that their headaches, fatigue, irritability and a host of other health problems may be caused or aggravated by the synthetic fragrances they use every day. It only makes sense to do everything within our power to reduce our exposure to these toxic chemicals.
Comparing Natural to Synthetic
Over four-thousand pounds of rose petals must be hand-picked to make just one pound of rose oil used in natural perfumery. A small batch of traditionally-made Indian Attar can take more than twenty days of painstaking labor to prepare. Compared to synthetic fragrances that cost only pennies, it’s no wonder that most perfumes have “gone synthetic”. Most modern fragrances are basically cheap chemical soups wrapped up in extravagant packaging and multi-million-dollar ad campaigns. Resourse page