Dangers of Synthetic Fragrances and Perfumes

The dangers of synthetic scents have proven that everyone, regardless of age, gender, or health, needs to make avoiding fake fragrances a major priority.

About 95 percent of chemicals used in synthetic fragrances are derived from petroleum (crude oil). They include benzene derivatives which are carcinogenic, and many other known toxic chemicals which are linked to cancer, birth defects, central nervous system disorders and allergic reactions. Some of the worst toxic ingredients are used in lotions, shampoos, laundry detergents, cleaning products and often listed as on labels as “fragrance.” Many are known or suspected endocrine disruptors. Endocrine disruptors alter hormonal health which can then can trigger weight gain and even set you up for diseases decades down the line. What you do now does have impact on your future.

Avoiding synthetic scents is crucial. When you see the words “fragrance” or “parfum” on a label, they are terms used to mean a concoction of several thousand different ingredients. If you use a product containing those terms, the chemical ingredients in that product are being absorbed directly into your bloodstream.

The dangers of these synthetic scents have been linked to cancer, autism, birth defects, allergies, asthma and other respiratory defects, just to name a few.

The reason why, is because these mixtures of chemicals are known carcinogens, allergens, respiratory irritants, endocrine disruptors, and neurotoxic, as well as being bad for our environment.

But we all want to smell good, right? Humans have a sense of smell for a reason. Smell evolved as being vital to survival as it has historically enabled us to track food & water, find a mate, and even communicate. It can even alert us to danger, like smelling a gas leak. But it was the introduction of synthetic chemicals around the 1800s that are so unnecessarily damaging to our body and health.

There are better options for us, thankfully. We can learn to live with less fragrance, for one. But for those times when we do want some fragrance, we don’t have to succumb to synthetic chemicals. Making your own laundry soap, lotion, hand soaps, shampoo, and perfume is as easy as using nature. Essential oils are plant compounds and can be used in making any conventionally fragranced product you use. What is even better is that instead of causing harm to our body, they could even promote good health!

Below are just a few links to some essential oil recipes that solve the problem to the products we want/need without having to rely on synthetics. Is you click through the Essential Oil Recipes tab you will find a long list of ideas on how to incorporate oils into your personal care and cleaning routine,

Homemade Laundry Detergent

Chemical Free Bleach

All-Purpose Cleaner

Fragrance Roller (instead of using perfumes)


Bathroom Scrub Cleaner

Click here for an article explaining essential oils and understanding their benefit.

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