So you’ve switched to natural organic foods and gleefully abandoned all processed foods, and you’re now embracing natural and paraben free hair and body beauty products, but what about your fragrance collection?
What you put on and around your body is as important to your health as what you put in it. Your skin is your body’s biggest organ and much of what you put on your skin will be absorbed into your bloodstream so you may want to contemplate adding a natural fragrance to your assortment.
WHY AVOID SYNTHETIC FRAGRANCES?
Synthetic perfumes are some of the most toxic beauty products out there laced with ingredients including parabens, phtlhates, allergens and neurotoxins
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 vapours 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.
Binders used in synthetic perfumes are a class of chemicals linked to hormone disruption, fertility defects and developmental issues, among other issues
We're all adversely affected by these chemicals and many people get headaches from the heady concoction of synthetic ingredients so it only makes sense to do everything within our power to reduce our exposure to these toxic elements.
VEGAN IS KINDER
Some conventional fragrances contain animal by-products and are not cruelty-free. In the past, leading beauty brands were known to have used the following in their scents:
Civet, a faecal paste extracted from the anal glands of the civet cat;
Castoreum, a leathery emission from the genital scent sacs of the castor beaver;
Musk is secreted from the sheath gland of the musk deer and many Deers are killed for this precious commodity
"** Although today's musks mainly come in synthetic guise, they have been linked to hormone disruption.
You can be assured in the knowledge that a vegan, natural perfume will not use animal by-products or be tested on animals.
ONCE YOU MAKE THE SWITCH TO NATURAL PERFUME YOU WILL FIND THAT REGULAR PERFUMES SMELL SYNTHETIC AND CHEMICALLY