I’ve never been a huge fan of perfumed lotions and heavy scented products, but it wasn’t until a couple of years ago that I realized why. I remember walking in the mall and going into a candle store. I started to feel light headed and my immediate response was to get the hell out of there. I started to notice that I felt the same way when I walked into bath and body works or around the perfume counter at Nordstroms.
Well – I knew this much. Pure organic essential oils never made me feel that way. I also knew that sythentic fragrances were derived from petrochemicals. What I didn’t know was that it was the phthalates in synthetic fragrances that made people sick.
This is an article from naturalingredients.org about why synthetic fragrances are yucky!
Phthalates in Synthetic Fragrances – RED ALERT
“For her it’s sexy. For baby, it could really be poison.
Toxic chemicals linked to birth defects are being found at alarming levels in women of childbearing age.
And according to new laboratory tests, these same chemicals are being added to popular cosmetics and beauty aids, from Poison perfume to Arrid Extra Extra Dry deodorant.
Manufacturers use these chemicals, known as phthalates (tha-lates), to add flexibility and help dissolve other ingredients. They’re also used in industrial adhesives, and in medical and consumer goods made with polyvinyl chloride plastic (PVC).
But phthalates have been shown to damage the lungs, liver and kidneys, and to harm the developing testes of offspring.
These results come from animal tests which, according to government scientists, are relevant to predicting health impacts in humans.
Despite this, the Food and Drug Administration doesn’t regulate phthalates in cosmetics. In most cases, phthalates aren’t even listed on the label.
The FDA must act now. All cosmetics – as well as food-related and medical products containing phthalates – must be labeled. And manufacturers should publicly pledge to voluntarily remove phthalates as quickly as possible.
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