“Why Scents Don’t Make Sense”
Adapted from Chemical Awareness, 2001, Grace Ziem, M.D.
Many people think that personal products with pleasant smells are made from flowers. This was true many years ago, but today the vast majority of these fragrances are made from petroleum or petro-chemicals. This creates potential health problems for everyone who uses these products. It also creates sometimes serious health problems for those who are chemically sensitive and react to synthetic fragrances.
Some Facts About Fragrances Today
What can you do about all this?
Avoid using scented products when you are in a public situation where you may encounter or be near individuals who are more sensitive to them. If you are in a crowd wearing scented products, you probably will be causing illness reactions in some people without knowing it. Use scented products only when you are in a small group of individuals that you know well when no one has a problem with the scented products. You might want to consider eliminating all use of scented products for the sake of your and your family’s long-term health, even if you don’t have any chemically sensitive or asthmatic family members.
Change your laundry detergent to a natural, fragrance-free brand, or even to a conventional fragrance-free variety, so you won’t be carrying that scent around everywhere you go.
NOTE: “Unscented” products often contain a fragrance that is put in there to cover over the odor of the basic formula. so if you really want no fragrance, you need to buy one labeled “fragrance-free.”
Also, the term “hypoallergenic” has no FDA standards governing its use. So it basically means whaever the company wants it to mean. So a “hypoallergenic” product is not necessarily better for you than one that is not labelled that way.
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