Why is fragrance bad for you
There are some reasons why the use of fragrances is bad for us in the long run. The EWG states that at least 14 chemicals are present under the fragrance label. Here are some specific side effects for this chemical.
1. Fragrance can cause Headache and Nausea
Fragrance can trigger headaches and nausea,
2. Fragrance can cause allergies
3. Fragrance may contain phthalates
How do they end up in Products?
Fragrances are usually very delightful. It is added to perfumes where the fragrance is the main purpose or to other products to add to the appeal of it. Have you ever bought a shampoo because the pineapple coconut smell was heavenly? Well, that is a big part of the motivation for adding fragrance. When the smell of a product is appealing it increases its appeals.
Which products are fragrance found in?
Fragrance is found in almost any product. ironically even products without any noticeable scent can contain fragrance. The obvious products are perfume, hair and skin products, cleaners and the list goes on. There is a good chance a random product will contain un-natural fragrance.
Companies that have a focus on natural alternatives will use essential oils as a replacement for fragrance.
How can you recognize fragrances in a product?
What are the alternatives?
Essential oils are the natural alternative to fragrance. Essential oils are extracted from plants using heat. Fragrance is a very cheap alternative, hence its popularity. Some hand-picked products that use essential oil are shown below.