Tricky fragrance


Everything is better with a proper [nice] fragrance! It reminds us of the sweetest memories, mother’s love, makes us feel safe or excited, or even not bored in the middle of winter, cooped up in closed-window homes, offices, stores. Can something nice be poisonous? Sure it could! Do you know that a name “fragrance” [as on a label, or a common understanding of the word,] encompasses around 4,000 ingredients, as disclosed on the International Fragrance Association (IFRA) transparency list? Many of them are dangerous, toxic chemicals, causing serious health problems such as respiratory difficulty, hormone imbalances, skin problems and cancers.

So, are 100% natural, pure fragrances safe? Quantity/concentration of inhaled fragrances matters. Purely plant-extracted fragrances are generally [meaning: used as intended] safe.

Air in the closed quarters can be 100x more polluted than outside air. Off-gassing of furniture, carpets, draperies, people, pets, fragrances, laundry detergents, cleaners, deodorants, cosmetics, bedding, clothing, candles, plug-ins and whatever else is choking our ability to stay healthy. I didn’t even mention smoking, vaping, and artificial scenting.

Lake Ontario in Winter – photo by HG

We don’t even register the smell of our home, until we leave it for a while, and then come open the door…
Quite often the sense of smell is lost, due to this invisible overwhelm of toxic fragrances.

Why does this matter? Sneaky, unregulated labels hide that even unscented or fragrance-free labeled products contain toxic ingredients, meant to mask the smell or interact with a smell chemically. Read more about it in this blog. Artificial fragrances as well as unscented products can contain not disclosed on label solvents, stabilizers, UV-absorbers, preservatives, and dyes as well as any chemical that imparts or hides a scent, including: carcinogens, respiratory irritants, endocrine disruptors, neurotoxins, allergens, or environmental toxins.

I get dizzy every time I cross the detergent aisle or walk into strong smells.
Nice Scent is the spice of Life – I stick with selected plant-extracted fragrances, air filters, decluttered indoor spaces and Nature cleansing walks.

Everyday, most used essential oils (these in picture above are made by Young Living)

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