The Funky Hazards Of Fragrances

I think I speak for most women when I say we love the pleasant smell of our cosmetics and toiletries.

Fruity and  floral nectars are scents that we have become accustomed to smelling on our skin. However, many of us are unaware of the fact that fragrances have been the subject of environmental research because of it’s connection to asthma, migraines, allergies and hormonal abnormalities.

What exactly are in fragrances?

One fragrance can have a combination of hundreds of chemicals.  And since the fragrance companies are a self regulated industry, they are under no obligation to supply you with a full list of the chemicals that are used.  Unfortunately, the Food and Drug Administration find it more important for the fragrance industry to protect it’s trade secrets than for you to protect your organs.

Even with a limited amount of knowledge about the chemicals used in fragrances, there is a common chemical in synthetic scents that is found in the some of the most well known cosmetics: DIETHYLHEXYL PHTHALATE


DIETHYLHEXYL PHTHALATE is an ester of phthalate acid. It’s a synthetic chemical used to soften plastic, create fragrances and is highly lipophilic (easily absorbed by fat)

DEHP has been classified as a endocrine disruptor compound by most environmental groups around the world.. The EU has banned the chemical because it’s ability to alter hormonal signaling and exacerbate asthma.

When an animal study showed that exposure to DEHP can damage the liver, kidneys, lungs, and reproductive system in wildlife, it highlighted these very concerning effects: testicular cancer, genitals deformation, low sperm counts, and infertility in polar bears, deer, whales and otters (just to name a few).

Reduce your exposure.

Avoid all fragrances and most plastics. Use fragrance free cosmetics and toiletries

Want to know more?

Here are a few more links to get more info on fragrances and DEHP

  1. Research on Skin Irritability and Fragrance
  2. Food & Drug Administration safety guidelines


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