November 30th, 2016
Guest writer for Wake Up World
When it comes to household and personal care products, fragrance isn’t what you think it is. It’s doing more harm than you realize. And that stinks.
“Fragrance” (as listed in the U.S.) or “parfum” (as listed in the E.U. and Canada) is not a single chemical. It can be dozens or hundreds of chemical ingredients – up to 80 percent of which have never been tested for human toxicity.1 The terms are generic, somewhat misleading, and many people think they only refer to perfume and cologne. Unfortunately, these unlisted ingredients hiding behind “fragrance” that manufacturers like to call “trade secrets” 2, are making some people sick and are building up in our environment.
Did you know the average woman uses 12 cosmetics products daily and six for men? 12 Over 3,100 fragrance chemicals are used to make your consumer products smell “fresh” or to mask unpleasant odors 3; your shampoo and dryer sheets could also be polluting your indoor air (and giving you a rash in the process!) 4 As a result, each day we inhale, ingest, and absorb through our skin a variety of toxic chemicals, putting a massive burden on our bodies.
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