You see warnings about synthetic fragrance all over healthy living sites, but now mainstream media is speaking out. MSNBC published an article about five toxic chemicals you should banish from your home. In their list they include synthetic fragrance and triclosan.
The article emphasizes that frangrances aren't only in perfume, but also in household products such as laundry detergents, fabric softeners, dryer sheets, cleaning supplies, disinfectants, air fresheners, shampoos, hair sprays, gels, lotions, sunscreens, soaps, perfumes, powders, and scented candles. They specifically advise against air fresheners, which do not freshen the air, but instead "add hazardous chemicals to the air we breathe." I find it incredibly refreshing to see a big media giant publishing an article like this.
MSNBC suggests going the unscented route whenever possible. I'd like to add to that, however: you don't have to eliminate all sweet smells from your products. Look for products like lotion and body sprays that are scented only with essential oils (which also have therapeutic properties). That way, you can keep some beautiful scents in your life. I particularly couldn't live without this, and a couple of these.
Do you think you could give up your favorite perfume?
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