If you’ve ever gotten a headache from someone else’s perfume or cologne, you’re not alone! This isn’t because you’re a “sensitive” person. This is because you’re inhaling potential toxins and harmful substances that are causing a reaction in your body.
This is potentially just as bad as "second hand smoke". In fact, there are MORE chemicals in perfume and cologne than in cigarette smoke. Each puff of cigarette smoke has 250 chemicals while perfume and cologne can have up to 3000 different chemicals that make up a signature scent.
You might be an avid label reader like me but this doesn't keep you safe from chemicals and toxins in perfume because they simply aren't listed. There is a terrible loophole that exists to allow these companies to keep their scents a "trade secret". But there is still a way around this.
Any product that lists the following on the label is one that you should avoid: fragrance, parfum, perfume, linalool and limonene.
I used to wear perfume. I think my favourite scent was Eternity by Calvin Klein and then I was into Sunflower by Clinique. I have no idea if these perfumes even exist anymore! Okay I’m dating myself here, but at the time I had no clue how many chemicals I was inhaling all day long either.
In this video I share with you five reasons that I don't wear perfume and Walker doesn't wear cologne.
Did you know? Perfume and cologne can mask pheromones which are hormones that attract one person to another.
In fact, research shows that a man's testosterone levels, which are linked with sexual interest, are significantly higher when they smell the shirt of a woman who is ovulating. So can you imagine how many more times you'd be gettin' busy if it wasn't for Chanel No. 5, lol.
Here is a summary of my five reasons I don't wear perfume:
Reason #1: Undisclosed Chemicals
There can be thousands of chemicals that make up a scent and there is NO one ensuring these chemicals are safe, up to 3000 in fact.
Reason #2: Perfume and cologne chemicals mess with your hormones
There are hormone disrupting ingredients in most fragrance. The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics commissioned a study and looked at 17 popular fragrances and each contained an average of 4 hormone-disrupting ingredients (including synthetic musks and diethyl phthalate).
Hormonal imbalance can cause a whole range of symptoms. It can lead to symptoms of anxiety, depression and mood swings. It can promote acne and make PMS or menopause symptoms worse.
Hormone-disrupting chemicals like phthalates can mimic estrogen, have been linked to sperm damage, and can interfere with thyroid function.
Reason #3: NOT TESTED FOR SAFETY
Many of the chemicals used in popular fragrances have never been tested for safety by the FDA or Health Canada. This is not surprising because the industry is largely self-regulated.
And it’s not just perfume that you spray on…
More than 95% of shampoos, conditioners, and styling products contain fragrance.
Reason #4: PETROLEUM BASED CHEMICALS ARE USED IN ABUNDANCE
Would you like some petroleum with your fragrance?
Up to 90% of fragrance ingredients have been synthesized from petroleum and some of the commonly found harmful chemicals in fragranced products include acetone, phenol, toluene, benzyl acetate and limonene.
Even natural products can contain synthetic "fragrance" ingredients, so make sure you’re reading your labels on everything, especially your personal care products.
I personally avoid any product that has “fragrance or parfum” listed as an ingredient unless I know 100% it's not actually fragrance but pure essential oils instead.
Reason #5: I CARE ABOUT THE ENVIRONMENT
Synthetic musks end up in wastewater, drinking water, soil, and indoor air. Musk also bio-accumulates in the fatty tissue of aquatic wildlife, and travels through the food chain into salmon and shrimp.
There you have it, my five reasons I don't wear perfume.
And if that wasn't enough, there are also ingredients used to enhance the performance of perfuming agents such as “diethyl phthalate” or DEP which allows the scent to linger.
Phthalates essentially act like plastisizers to adhere the scent to your clothes or skin.
They have been known to interfere with hormone function, early puberty in girls, reduced sperm count in men and reproductive defects in the developing male fetus.
In conclusion, my thoughts are as follows:
If you want to smell nice sans chemical-laden fragrance, then in an upcoming video I’m going to show you how to make your own perfume! But in the meantime, check out this DIY Perfume.
I hope you found this video post informative. Have a joyous day!