The hidden dangers in personal care products

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(NaturalHealth365) What you can’t smell can harm you – unscented cosmetic, household and personal care items leave out one detail – they contain a fragrance to mask the toxic odors of the chemical poisons. If you are looking for perfume free, commercial products – you probably are going to stumble upon formulas claiming to be fragrance free. Don’t be fooled!

Buyer beware – personal care products may NOT be as safe as you think

Taping into the chemically sensitive and environmentally friendly marketplace – unscented products are proving to be very popular, but they are not healthy. Camouflaging a noxious odor is not the same as fragrance free; concealment would be the appropriate term.

What this is like is having developed a food product that contains too much sodium and to mask the flavor you simply add sweeteners. Does this sound like a business that cares about your health?

Unscented personal care products really “stink” – here’s why…

With a wide variety of fragrance free products on the market, which are brilliantly marketed, it is harder then ever to effortlessly avoid them. The chemical industry is renowned for its ability to be independent of most regulatory agencies.

More than 5,000 different fragrances are in products that consumers use on a daily basis. These run the gamut from health and beauty aids, laundry soaps, household cleaners, drugs and even foods. Fragrance formulas are considered trade secrets; companies do not need to identify the chemical components of their products.

The ingredients found in these products – to make them smell the way they do – are the same ingredients found in gasoline. To make matters worse, the perfume industry does not have to answer to any regulatory committee. We are the “lab” where a great experiment is taking place without our knowledge or awareness.

The (commercial) fragrance industry is full of deceptive marketing practices

Masking agents are synthetic fragrances and scented products can contain .6 percent scent, while unscented products on average contain 1.5 percent scent. Plus, you’re not going to believe this, unscented products can contain two and a half times more of what you are tying to avoid versus scented products.

Manufacturers use different statements to advance their unscented products. To appeal to the different markets – the labels include words like pure, scent-free, fragrance free, sensitive formula and hypo-allergenic. And, since these words have no legal definition, they may or may not help you identify truly unscented products.

For example, Glad kitchen newer garbage bags contain the words “Odor Guard” – which really means nothing more than fragrance filled garbage bags. Keep in mind, the cosmetic industry is self regulated – which means they do not have to reveal formulations, test results, safety data or consumer complaints to the FDA. In other words, you are on your own when using commercially scented or unscented products.

The choice is yours – always make an informed buying decision

There may be 600 (or more) chemical ingredients used in a single scent, and ninety-five percent of the chemicals used in scents are derived from petroleum, some of these are designated as hazardous waste. Petroleum chemicals in perfumes and masking odors are less expensive than natural fragrances. This is why (many) personal care product companies purchase these chemicals – it’s all about making a profit.

Benzaldehyde, a chemical known to cause kidney damage in humans is used in fragrances, and is on the EPA Hazardous Waste list – because it is a known carcinogenic. This is still being used in fragrances. The mighty chemical industry can claim to reduce dark spots, lines, wrinkles; improve sagging skin; make your clothes smell fresh; disinfect your home and infuse it with the smell of lilacs while at the same time contribute to cancer and other degenerative diseases.

You’re choice is to look to truly green products with high levels of purity, quality and process control, which will have the power to support personal health – and the health of planet Earth.


About the author: Blanche Levine has been a student of natural healing modalities for the last 25 years. She had the privilege of working with some of the greatest minds in Natural Healing including Naturopaths, Scientist, and Energy Healers. Having seen people miraculously heal from all kinds of dis-ease through non-invasive methods, her passion now is to help people become aware of what it takes to be healthy.

Sources:
http://allnaturalbeauty.us/chemicalsensitivities_jrussell.htm
http://getawhiffofthis.com/Safer_Products.html
http://www.ewg.org/files/SafeCosmetics_FragranceRpt.pdf
http://thinkbeforeyoustink.com/howtogofragrancefree.html

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  • Theresa

    How do we as consumers know what to buy and which companies are reliable?
    Do you have a list of what look for or a guide as to where to look? Thanks for you great info. (always great info). Theresa

  • CC

    I buy unscented clear laundry soap etc..Thank U..I guess I must buy GREEN??What a mess..so much Deception in EVERYTHING

  • maria

    I thought I would post this at work but it doesn’t have any teeth. It needs to have more of the bad chemical ingredients names and what they do.

    Please give it another go, give me something that I can use at work.

  • Barbara

    It seems the only choice we have is to make our own skin care products. As to cleaning agents, things like vinegar and peroxide are good together to clean.
    For clothing… aren’t there non “soap” cleaners we can use in our washing machines?
    EWG Environmental Working Group has a list of personal and skincare products that have chemicals in them (and some claim to organic! But they are only the Pharmacy or Supermarket brands the high end ones in Department stores are not listed.
    I guess one good protection would be to detox regularly. Like Clhorella (sp?)

  • Ramune

    I guess the magic word today is: ORGANIC 🙂