It May Smell Pretty But Your Perfume Is Really Pesticide
Ever wonder why your perfume attracts mosquitos? A disturbing report from the Environmental Working Group highlights the chemical make-up of perfume ingredients that are not disclosed to consumers and the results are literally sickening. You may never want to use perfume again.
That gardenia fragrance in your perfume, may be something else entirely, concocted from any number of the fragrance industry’s 3,100 stock chemical ingredients according to the Environmental Working Group (EWG). These blends are almost always kept hidden from the consumer according to the EWG's recent report.
Laboratory tests analyzed by EWC, revealed 38 secret chemicals in 17 name brand fragrance products contained 14 “secret” chemicals not listed on the label. Among them are petroleum based petrochemicals associated with hormone disruption and allergic reactions, and many other toxic substances that have’t been assessed for safety in personal care products.
Many of these undisclosed chemicals have hazardous properties with a propensity to accumulate in human tissues. These include diethyl phthalate, a pesticide chemical found in 97 percent of Americans. Diethyl Phthalate is also linked to sperm damage in human epidemiological studies as well as musk ketone, a synthetic fragrance ingredient that concentrates in human fat tissue and breast milk, according to the EWG report.
Disturbingly, diethyl phthalate is strongly irritating to the eyes and mucous membranes, which may explain chemical sensitivities in some people with allergies to perfume. Diethyl phthalate is also responsible for low systemic toxicity in the tissues, but ingestions of large doses can cause symptoms such as gastrointestinal irritation, central nervous system depression, coma and hypotension.
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Pesticides Smell Like Perfumes And Colognes You Find At Department Stores.
It some intended way, it makes sense that perfumes and pesticides would have the same scent and chemical make up. How else would pesticide/herbicide makers attract insects without a floral scent? It is also particularly disconcerting that perfumes and colognes are so toxic to human tissues. What is more, it is alarming that simply breathing in the scent of cologne or perfume on a daily basis can trigger an asthma attack or other allergic reactions and chemical sensitivities.
Generally, it’s best to stay away from perfume and fragranced products. Anyone suffering from a chronic condition would do well to stay clear of perfumes and cologne as a general rule, that is, if they want to heal, since exposure to perfume or cologne can be devastating for those with chemical sensitivities. Notably, perfumes, if you must wear them, should be substituted with high quality essential oils, which are non-toxic.