Has smelling a perfume or cologne ever triggered a headache or a sneezing attack? These are just a few signs of how toxic fragrances can be. In fact, one single fragrance can be made up of hundreds of synthetic chemicals.
According to a study commissioned by The Campaign For Safe Cosmetics analyzing ingredients in fragrance products, the majority of these chemicals have never even been tested for safety. Data from the study also revealed that some of the chemicals found in fragrances were linked to health issues such as allergies, hormone disruption, and cancer.
In addition to the alarming facts found in the study, many of the toxic ingredients in the formulations are left undisclosed to consumers. The mixture of chemicals are not individually listed; but are generically listed using the term, 'fragrance’. Due to the Federal Fair Packaging and Labeling Act of 1973, fragrances are considered trade secrets and are exempt from listing each ingredient in the formulations.
Data from the study also confirms that many of the ingredients in fragrances have been found to be neurotoxins, which have adverse effects on the nervous system. These chemicals have also been shown to accumulate in human tissue, which means that your perfume can have a cumulative effect on your health.
AVOID THE HEALTH RISKS
Using essential oils is a safe, healthy alternative to keep yourself smelling sweet. Essential oils are the natural aromatic compounds found in plant material. They are beautifully fragrant and also provide therapeutic benefits to the body. All essential oils are not created equal, however. Many oils marketed as essential oils are really fragrance oils that contain synthetic chemicals. Be sure to use a food-grade essential oil, which is a pure essential oil without any additives or by-products.
Do It Yourself Non-Toxic Perfume Recipe
- 1 Tablespoon Jojoba Oil or Sweet Almond Oil
- 5 Tablespoons Ethyl Alcohol
- 2 Tablespoons Distilled Water
- 24 Drops Essential Oil
Add jojoba oil or sweet almond oil, ethyl alcohol, and essential oil in a dark colored glass bottle. Shake contents for a minute until well blended. Let contents cure for 48 hours to 6 weeks in order for scent to develop. When scent has cured to your taste, add distilled water. Shake until contents are completely blended. Keep your perfume stored in a cool, dark place.
Visit Sevananda Natural Foods Market to find the ingredients to make this signature scent perfume recipe. Also, stay connected to the Sevananda Beauty Watch program for more healthy beauty do-it-yourself recipes. Sevananda Natural Foods Market is located at 467 Moreland Ave Ne, Atlanta, GA..