“Fragrance” could be one of the most dangerous words in the English language when it’s found in an ingredient list. The word “fragrance” or “parfum” may actually refer to a blend of many undisclosed ingredients all bundled up under the umbrella of one word. In order to protect trade secrets, fragrance gets a free pass from full disclosure. This outdated regulation, designed to conceal ingredients from the eyes of corporate competitors, now does the same for consumers who are inclined to scan labels for harmful ingredients. In 2015, the International Fragrance Association released a master list of more than 3,999 chemicals used by most manufacturers. The list includes carcinogens, endocrine disruptors, reproductive toxicants and numerous allergens (to name a few). A fragrance can be made up of any combination of these harmful chemicals that are absorbed rapidly when inhaled or when they come in contact with our skin.
Trashing your favorite scented products (lotions, scented candles and wax melts, air fresheners, shampoo, etc.) may be a sacrifice at first, but you won’t regret tossing these things. This transition is simple with essential oils! Of course essential oils are much more than just scents, but fortunately, so many of them smell awesome! Get rid of those scented toxins and start experimenting with your diffuser! The aroma combinations are endless, and it’s encouraging to know that these scents are not only safe; they actually benefit your body as you inhale them!
International Fragrance Association. (accessed 2018, May 20). “Ingredients and Transparency”. Retrieved from: http://www.ifraorg.org/en-us/ingredients#.WwGS5q2…
And here’s a great diffusing blend I created just recently called “Signs from God”!!! (2 drops of each: Hope, Frankincense, Hinoki, Believe) Note: Oola Faith essential oil is a blend of Frankincense and Hinoki! I didn’t have Faith, but had Frankincense and Hinoki! Use your App and see what are in the blends, maybe you can make your own favorites too!
Check back tomorrow because we will be talking about products in our Bathroom / Personal Care!