hidden air pollution
Most people are aware that air pollution, such as second hand smoke, chemical fumes, and car exhaust fumes are not good for us. Have you ever considered your household cleaning products, perfumed soaps, scented candles, or air fresheners? Seemingly harmless fragrances in our favorite products can cause adverse physical reactions for many people. For example, fragrance in laundry products can often be the culprit in skin issues.
Many people are affected by fragrance- including asthma sufferers, young children, people with eczema, and even patients undergoing chemotherapy. Synthetic fragrances are in just about everything! Many products list “fragrance” on the label, but very few name the specific ingredients that make up a fragrance. Federal law doesn’t require companies to list any of the chemicals in their fragrance mixture on the product label. Fragrances can contain hormone disruptors and are among the top 5 allergens in the world. They can be the cause of dermatitis, respiratory distress and potential harmful effects on the reproductive system.
Air fresheners contain phthalates and many other hazardous chemicals such as benzene, formaldehyde, propellants, solvents, and synthetic musks, among others. These chemicals can be easily inhaled, land on the skin and be absorbed, or accidentally ingested. Commercial laundry detergents may impact not only your health but the environment as well. There are many ingredients that are harmful first to your body and are then are passed on into the atmosphere through water waste and dryer emission.
where to start?
Even if you don’t feel that fragrances bother you, be mindful as you purchase and use products in your daily life. Try to use fragrance free (often labeled as “free and clear”) items as often as you can. Ask us for advice on choosing fragrance free skin and hair care products.