“The petrichor is triggered more often than not,

And the entirety of the greens seem to be but, very happy.

Ah, Nature’s fragrances are natural and blissful,

But the synthetic ones man created have even turned out cancerous.”

Source: https://everydayfeminism.com/2015/07/being-scent-free/

Beware, shoppers!

According to the EU’s Scientific Committee on Cosmetic Products, 2% of people suffer an allergic reaction in response to a synthetic fragrance. 1

When you recently checked your perfume or deodorant metal can or glass bottle at the store, didn’t your eyes come across the word “fragrance?” Well, this fragrance might point out to an array of chemicals that the manufacturer might be hiding. The question is, what fragrance? Which fragrance? Where did it come from? Synthetic or natural? However, they remain unanswered. Well, just be a smart shopper.

In the U.S., manufacturers can legally hide hundreds of synthetic chemicals in the word—“fragrance”—without revealing what those ingredients are. Unfair, right? Hundreds of chemicals are disguised behind a single word.

It’s referred to as a “trade secret” in the industry. This excuse to not label fragrance ingredients was initiated in an era when supreme fragrance giants expressed their concern to protect their secret formulas and ingredients from their competitors.2

Not just fragrances, scented handkerchiefs, pens, candles- all of them are preponderantly synthetic fragrances, and thus, they are preponderantly not good.

Source: https://www.shutterstock.com/video/clip-14392366-romantic-night-burn-candles-scented-still-life-candle

They are made of artificial compounds and materials.1

The HuffPost says that as many as 95 percent of the chemicals are derived from petrochemicals. These chemicals include benzene derivatives, aldehydes, phthalates, and other carcinogens. The consequences of these might be birth defects, nervous-system disorders, and allergies.2

Okay, so synthetic fragrances last longer than their natural counterparts. So, if that cheap fragrance you bought the other day claims of lasting longer, dears it is probably a synthetic fragrance.

A study conducted by the Environmental Working Group showed that some artificial ingredients, particularly synthetic musks, are not only present in the umbilical cord blood of newborn babies, but also in toddlers. Mothers wearing such high on chemical scents are actually passing toxins onto their children.1

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The solution to this that we suggest is read the labels, read and re-read, hunt for the nine letter word “fragrance.” And, even if it’s fragrance-free, it might as well have the ingredients which could otherwise be disguised in the word fragrance. It so happens that the ingredients in fragrance can be absorbed directly into the bloodstream and so it is advisable to shun them as much as possible. I hope to have helped smart shoppers become even smarter!


By Ravjyot Kaur- Ravjyot loves to express herself through her writing. She is an aspiring architect and an intern with Mistpoffer®

References:

  1. http://www.pure-perfume-oils.com/pure-perfumes-vs-synthetic-fragrances
  2. https://www.huffpost.com/entry/five-mustknows-on-the-dan_b_4737654

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