March 27, 2008

fragrance free

I've been wanting to write about the dangers of fragrances for a long time (at least as long as I've been writing this blog!) It is one of the topics that I needed to spend so much time researching that I simply avoided it.

Ever since someone told me how fragrances contain neurotoxins I've stopped using perfume and have been more careful about what products I buy. I'm not perfect, though. I've always been a sucker for a good smell, so it is hard for me.

I was so excited to see this video on You Tube by EWG. It gives a great summary of the fragrance issue. And in case you don't have time to watch, this is what their Skin Deep website says about fragrance:

"It may smell great, but do you know what's in it? Fragrances are the great secrets of the cosmetics industry, in everything from shampoo to deodorant to lotion, and falling straight into a giant loophole in federal law that doesn't require companies to list on product labels any of the potentially hundreds of chemicals in a single product's secret fragrance mixture. Fragrances can contain neurotoxins and are among the top 5 allergens in the world. Our advice? Buy fragrance free."

1 comment:

Jill said...

I debated for a while about whether to replace toxic perfume with so called non toxic alternatives. I found a couple in the magazine "Lucky" and clipped them out. I had the piece of magazine sitting for months before I finally threw it away. I realized that it had been so many years since I had worn perfume that I didn't even miss it anymore. I sometimes use a mist of essential oils like lavander or lemon.