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Smell Well - Essential Oils Are Better for You Than Perfumes

Everyone wants to use fragrances to smell good and evoke the mood that they are in or the image that they want to present to the world. It is no wonder that perfumes, body sprays, colognes, and wearable scents are such big sellers. However, there is just one small problem with these big sellers: there are serious toxins in many of the everyday scents that we wear.

As many people begin to think about the effects their actions are having on the earth, they are also becoming more and more away from what they are putting on their bodies. The list of ingredients on the back of items are becoming more important to consumers, and body washes, lotions, and cosmetics are coming under harsh scrutiny. It used to be that people were only concerned over the ingredients in the foods that they were eating such as processed meats and frozen dinners. Today, the search for harmful ingredients has expanded to include those that lurk in personal care items.

There is a lot of logic behind this search. It turns out that some ingredients which are common in shampoos and body lotions like parabens have been found to disrupt hormone function and cause breast cancer. 1 While these are not prevalent in most perfumed products, several perfumed lotions contain them.

smell scents Toxic Ingredients Can Spoil the Sweetest of Scents

Some of the sweetest scents can include toxic phthalates. Phthalates, as described by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention are, “ a group of chemicals used to make plastics more flexible and harder to break. They are often called plasticizers … They are used in hundreds of products, such as vinyl flooring, adhesives, detergents, lubricating oils, automotive plastics, plastic clothes (raincoats), and personal-care products (soaps, shampoos, hair sprays, and nail polishes)”. 2 Often phthalates are meant to prolong scents. However, when you consider all of the different places they are used, it becomes less appealing to know you are also putting them on your face. In addition, phthalates that are used to make scents last have been shown to damage the liver, kidneys, lungs, and developing reproductive systems. They are especially dangerous to pregnant women and babies. 3

In addition to phthalates, fragrances are a particularly scary ingredient to note. Fragrances include - well- fragrance. The funny thing is that this is only a generic term that the US Government allows manufacturers to use on their product labels. The term does not mean anything specific, and often enough, it doesn't break down the harmful ingredients in these fragrances. According to the Environmental Working Group, there are at least fourteen undisclosed chemicals in the average product, all encompassed under the label, fragrance. 4 Though each product may have more or less, the average number is terrifying.

Companies typically purchase scented perfumes from other companies. These secondary products contain ingredients like acetaldehyde which cause irritation to the eyes, nose, throat and the skin. 5

Stop with the Toxins: Opt for Essential Oils smell well

If you want to smell the way you want and feel good about it, there is a solution. Simply stop using ordinary perfumed products. Instead, opt for essential oils.

Delightful, bright, sweet, relaxing, energizing, and even sexy scents are available in all-natural essential oils like chamomile, lavender, rose, patchouli and neroli. These are available from a variety of essential oil sellers and mixed with a carrier oil, are safe to wear as a perfume or body spray. If applying essential oils directly to your skin isn’t preferable, try an aromatherapy diffuser necklace. In a variety of sizes, colors, and materials, an aromatherapy necklace is able to emit the same smell and desired effect without putting the scent directly on your skin.

In addition to cutting down on the number of toxins you are putting on your body, using essential oils in place of perfumes allows you to receive the benefits that the essential oils provide. Whether you are in need of calming down or waking up, easing aches and pains or clearing your head, these naturally fragrant oils are able to lift your mood and, in turn, aid you in smelling great.

Be sure to check out the oil profile articles posted on our blog to discover the desired scent and effect you want to get from your perfume experience.

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