Fragrance: The Harmful Chemical No.1

Most of our products are chosen according to our preference of favourite fragrance or scents. Think about your hair and body shampoo, baby products, perfumes, and colognes are the largest products that using fragrance as one of the main ingredients. If you read your label, the fragrance is only stated as fragrance, but inside of the fragrance, you can find
maybe more than one harmful chemical that potentially damaging your body in a long term.
List Of Products With Fragrance
The serious concern about this harmful chemical is the ability and potential in damaging the reproductive organs, promoting cancer cells, and one of the possible trigger of migraine, allergies, and sensitivities. For your information, a fragrance is made from the combinations of many chemicals that including the harmful phthalates and unfortunately, only few companies that taking their responsibility in stating the specific ingredients inside the fragrance for their products.
This ingredient is widely used in any products with a specific scent including:
  • Sunscreen
  • Panty liners
  • Hair Shampoo
  • Body Soap
  • Body wash
  • Body Deodorant
  • Body lotion
  • Face Makeup
  • Facial cream
  • Skin toner
  • Face Serums
  • Exfoliating body
  • Branded perfume
  • Body cologne
  • Baby and kids personal care
No matter how cheap or expensive a product is, we usually tend to buy something that makes us smell great and delightful. If the product is ‘unscented’, it is actually good for our health because one of the harmful chemical is gone, but we are discouraged to buy it because we want something that smells better.
Read your label and find: The product is having its own scent if the label is stating the word Fragrance, Parfum, Perfume, Essential Oil Blend, or Aroma.
What Is A Fragrance Definition?
According to FDA, fragrance is a combination of chemicals that giving a distinct scent to the intended products such as cologne and branded perfume. The artificial fragrance might contain with petroleum and synthetic perfume. A natural fragrance is the aromatic scent that derived from the plant’s essential oil or other raw natural material such as honey, amber and spices.
Fragrance In The Branded Perfume, Cologne And Daily Products
The perfume or cologne companies get their fragrance mixture supplies from the fragrance houses. Fragrance houses are the companies that specialize in producing and developing fragrances naturally or artificially. The chemical components in the fragrance are the secret ingredients for each company, so it will never be revealed to the public. It is one of the reasons why are these ingredients only being stated as “fragrance” or “Parfum” for the finish product.
The Health Concerns
            According to the International Fragrance Association (IFRA), there are possibilities of 3,059 materials in the creating of fragrance mixture. Most of the ingredients are chemically derived and that’s why it is harmful to human health. The serious health concerns are including cancer cell production, interrupting fertility, toxic to reproductive system, promoting allergies and skin sensitivities. Some of fragrance in the perfume can trigger and immediate migraine to the user.
Since it is widely used in daily products, the vulnerable populations are the men and women. Even the pregnant woman and infants are in the greater health risk by the expose of this harmful chemical.
There are no strict and clear regulations yet to banned or prevent this harmful ingredient in daily products until today. Some countries such as Europe, Canada and Australia did restrict some harmful chemicals to be used in the daily products and foods.
You should avoid products that contained fragrance. If you want something that unscented, please opt for a product with essential oils that extracted without using hexane. Read your label and please avoid artificial fragrance in your daily products. In a long term, you are guaranteeing your health and avoiding other health problem such as cancer, allergies and reproductive system failure.

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