It has long been believed that these industries were some of the most cruel of all, using animals as test subjects and putting in sneaky chemicals which can have carcinogenic effects, as well as cause hormonal problems for the user and for women, pregnancy complications.
But how far does the rabbit hole go? What exactly goes into your daily dose of perfume or cologne (and other fragrances within body creams, cleansing products, and so forth)? And what are the implications on your health?
We investigated, and incidentally ran into fragrance that contain pheromones (androgenic compounds) to which were potentially even more harmful than “regular” fragrances by big brands. To test this, we analyzed samples of pheromone products for men, based on the recommendations by an industry leader, PheromonePro.com. While the thought of having androgenic chemicals on your skin may sound disturbing, on further thought, we found they were actually purer than regular fragrances. They lacked many of the hidden chemicals contained within larger brands, as they were created in small labs with minute amounts of ingredients (such as androstenol and androstadienone).
Currently it’s extremely difficult for consumers to know exactly what they are spraying onto their skin.
What makes it complicated to really understand, is that they are private formulas, and companies are not legally obliged to disclose how they create their products (whether its a cologne, perfume, shampoo, or any other beauty or personal care product).
While it’s possible that some companies do disclose some or all of their ingredients, many do not.
Here is a statement by safecosmetics.org:
The average fragrance product tested contained 14 secret chemicals not listed on the label. Among them are chemicals associated with hormone disruption and allergic reactions, and many substances that have not been assessed for safety in personal care products. Also in the ranks of undisclosed ingredients are chemicals with troubling hazardous properties or with a propensity to accumulate in human tissues. These include diethyl phthalate, a chemical found in 97 percent of Americans and linked to sperm damage in human epidemiological studies, and musk ketone, a synthetic fragrance ingredient that concentrates in human fat tissue and breast milk.
So how exactly do perfumes and fragrances affect us?
When colognes, perfumes or other personal care products are sprayed or rubbed onto our bodies, minute particles are inhaled into the lungs. When you make physical contact with the substances, they are absorbed transdermally, and into the bloodstream (similar to how nicotine and birth control patches work).
Studies confirm that these chemicals are getting into our bloodstream. A study conducted by the Environmental Working Group found synthetic musk chemicals — galaxolide and tonalide, which were found in all but one of the 17 fragrances analyzed in the 2010 Campaign for Safe Cosmetics tests — in the umbilical cord blood of newborn infants.It was found that fragrances from the bloodstream of their mothers we’re responsible for the toxins.
What’s shocking is the lack of public knowledge regarding the subject. While there is lots you can do to educate yourself,it’s difficult to get others to understand your concern. Until this issue picks up steam by major media, it will remain a hidden problem in today’s society.
In the mean time, it’s best avoid synthetic frangrances and opt for natural or organic essential oils which are much better for your skin and overall health. Remember, it’s not just once or twice, but years of build up which can affect you significantly later on in life.…