…the health effects of synthetic fragrance may be more than skin deep. When we breathe in an odor, the lungs and the skin take in the molecules carrying the scent. From these two major absorption pathways, those molecules can enter the bloodstream and find their way to other parts of the body, where they may pose harm. “Studies are showing that some key ingredients in fragrance mixes have harmful effects — on lab animals, and also on humans,” says Sutton. Some synthetic fragrance ingredients may exacerbate asthma, for instance, while others can cause a range of problems in the immune, reproductive, and central nervous systems.
Martha Stewart’s WholeLiving Blog is a valuable resource for replacing your artificial fragrances.
I just love smells, florals, sweet, tropical, fruity, earthy – bring em on!
But personally – when it comes to scenting my body and scenting my personal space I prefer to use essential oils and natural aromatics.
That being said it can get pretty darn expensive you if love the scent of Jasmine or Linden Blossom, save those precious oils for your natural body perfumes.
There are plenty of natural aromatics that are affordable and natural when it comes to scenting your environment, and just a few drops will do!
First and foremost it is imperative to know the difference between pure essential oils and synthetic fragrance oils. Other posts include:
What is an essential oil?
Aromatherapy: Essential oil Safety.
If you are scenting your home in order to eliminate food and cooking odours, simply simmer a few cinnamon sticks and some orange peels in a pot of water for 30 minutes after cooking.
Better yet you can diffuse cinnamon and orange essential oil in a ceramic candle diffuser. Just fill the dish with water and add 6 – 8 drops of Orange Essential Oil and 2 -3 drops of Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil and light the tea candle below. (Note cinnamon essential oil and other spice oils should only be used for air diffusion and not used to scent body care products as they may causes skin sensitivity).
That being said if you love to wear a spicy perfume, cinnamon, clove and ginger can be combined with other essential oils in minute quantities, but it is always advisable to consult with a professional aromatherapist or natural perfumist for advice on the proportions.
Cool mist or ultrasonic diffusers are fabulous – not only do they provide humidity to the air, but you have the option of diffusing whatever essential oils or synergistic combinations that you love.
Oh sure those scented wax pellets smell fab – albeit synthetic, and why on earth do they need to be coloured with (no doubt) synthetic dyes?
Smell good without a toxic cloud. If you want a scented product, make sure it is scented with pure essential oils that were extracted through a cold-press process, not by using solvents. You can also visit Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Cosmetic Safety Database to find safer fragrances and other personal-care products.
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