Why we don’t use fragrance for fragrance’s sake! –
6. Your shampoo
If it’s scented, it contains phthalates. In fact, scented products of any sort are your primary exposure source to DEP, a phthalate linked to respiratory problems and endocrine disruption. The good news is that levels of DEP have been declining, according to Zota’s study. The bad news? We don’t know what other phthalate might be replacing it.
Source: 8 Hidden Sources of Plastic Chemicals | Rodale Wellness
Nothing beats fresh air! –
The scented candle has become a favourite gift, used to freshen living rooms or add a gentle glow to bathtimes. But that flickering flame might not seem quite so relaxing once you know it is spreading pollution around your home. Candles release carbon and metal particles which could raise the risk of heart and lung problems, a study has warned. The scented candle has become a favourite gift, used to freshen living rooms or add a gentle glow to bathtimes. But the US study found burning candles of any type in the home increases particles of pollution by 30 percent – and opening doors and windows does very little to help.
Source: Are scented candles polluting your home? | IOL
We love these tips, and couldn’t agree more! –
Wash Your Hands
Get rid of the hand sanitizer by the changing mat and don’t use it on your kids’ hands. It may contain triclosan, trilocarbon, or fragrances, which are suspected carcinogens and endocrine disruptors. Triclosan was recently banned by the Food and Drug Administration and is also found in antibacterial soap.
Lose the Air Fresheners
Throw away the air freshener, as it may contain phthalates among other nasties. James recommends a low-fi option: activated charcoal bags. Charcoal is a natural air purifier and may absorb some toxins, as well as bad odors. If you want to go one step further, buy an air filter such as the Austin Air Healthmate, which filters gases, odors, and particles. Finally remember to open windows often, as indoor air often contains higher levels of VOCs such as formaldehyde.
Source: How to Green Your Kids Room (NYMetroParents)
Unfortunately, even natural fragrances from essential oils can be just as potent! Why we don’t use fragrances for fragrance’s sake and why we’re very, very careful even when it comes to essential oils –
The most startling thing in the beginning was that far from being the only one affected, one in three [Americans] report health problems that can be traced back to fragrance. Many people get headaches like I do, but other people know their asthma is triggered by it, [or have] other respiratory problems – like their throat closes up or they start coughing or sneezing – or they feel sick to the stomach when they smell fragrance.
The next surprise was to find modern perfumes are mostly not made from flowers. Virtually all fragrances – whether very expensive in little tiny bottles, or the stuff you put in the toilet to make it smell nice – they are all made from chemicals.
The surprise after that was that fragrance manufacturers don’t have to declare all their ingredients, so on the one hand they can make stuff cheaply from synthetics, and on the other they don’t have to tell us. The cocktail that makes up a fragrance is considered a “trade secret”, and that’s why they are exempt from the labelling laws.
Source: Kate Grenville interview: why perfumes are making you sick | Books | The Guardian
Why we don’t add fragrance for fragrance’s sake! –
New research from the University of Melbourne has found that one in three Australians have reported adverse health effects from fragranced products.
These effects include anything from breathing problems to migraine headaches, skin irritation and even asthma attacks. But fragranced products don’t just encompass perfumes and body sprays. Hand soaps, surface sprays, household cleaners and laundry liquids and scented candles could all also cause disabling effects.
‘This is an epidemic. Fragranced products are creating health problems across Australia,’ the lead author, Professor Anne Steinemann, said.
Source: Is your perfume making you sick? New study suggests so | Daily Mail Online