Dangers of Synthetic Scents Include Cancer, Respiratory difficulties, Migraines and More
Could your favourite perfume be seriously harming your health?
When you see the term fragrance or parfum on the label of products, beware as these are made from chemicals which are absorbed straight into your bloodstream and are outright toxic to your health.
The term fragrance can mean a cocktail of thousands of different ingredients (at least 3,000 in fact). Many of these unlisted ingredients are irritants and scientifically proven to be trigger allergies (including symptoms of runny nose, watery eyes, itching skin), nausea, brain fog, dizziness, migraines, and asthma.
In an American study performed in 2016, one third of participants exposed to fragranced products were found to suffer adverse health effects, such as respiratory difficulties and migraine headaches. Half of these participants reported that the symptoms were disabling.
Canadian Doctors even called for perfume and aftershave to be banned in hospitals in Canada claiming they can trigger asthma attacks or allergies in vulnerable patients. They say that that three in ten people have some sensitivity to artificial scents worn by others and more than a quarter of asthmatics said it aggravated their condition.
Serious Dangers of Synthetic Scents
Research has also shown that synthetic fragrances can have very serious risks such as cancer and birth defects.
Advice from the American Breast Cancer Prevention Partners organisation is to avoid synthetic fragrance in the prevention of cancer. That’s because the dangers of synthetic scents include hormone-disrupting phthalates and synthetic musks.
In fact, Phthalates are another group of chemicals often disguised as “fragrance.” Phthalates are solvents that are often used in cosmetics because they help fragrances last longer and also help lotions penetrate the skin.
They are connected to cancer, endocrine disruption and have been linked to:
- birth defects
- autism / ADHD from exposure in the womb
- breast cancer
How to avoid Synthetic Fragrances
Most importantly READ YOUR LABELS.
Even some “organic”, or “natural” products contain dangerous artificial fragrances in them. Avoid any product where the label says “fragrance” or “parfum”. Look for products that use essential oils as their primary source of scent.
And make sure you aren’t buying products with phthalates.
Raw beauty naturally never uses any synthetic fragrances or phthalates. Our products are scented from natural essential oils such as lemon myrtle.