Posted by Kathy on Tuesday, May 18, 2010
There’s been a lot of hoopla around perfume lately, most in part to to a new laboratory analysis done by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics. Along with the EWG, they tested 17 mainstream fragrances from Chanel to Calvin Klein. The study found that the perfumes contained on average 14 ingredients not listed on the label because of a loophole that allows companies to claim their toxic recipes as a “trade secret”. Pathetic. They also found 10 sensitizing chemicals associated with allergic reactions such as asthma, wheezing, headaches and contact dermatitis and 4 hormone-disrupting chemicals linked to a range of health effects including sperm damage, thyroid disruption and cancer. You smell sexy but cancer is most definitely not sexy.
Have a look at the products they tested and the appalling results: Not So Sexy Report
What Do I Do?
I hate to say it but ditch the perfume, ladies. People overdo it with perfume and I personally can’t stand being near someone doused in Britney Spears CIRCUS… However I will admit it’s nice to be able to put on a dab of something when you’re dressed up. Here is a list of a few natural fragrances that aren’t laden with toxic hormone mimicking chemicals:
- Red Flower (I use this and love it)
- Rocky Mountain Soap Co Natural Perfumes
- LaVanila Perfume Oils
- Tsi-La Organic Perfume Oils
- Blends Organic Perfume Oils
- Parfums Honoré des Prés
I’ve been known to “make” my perfume simply by dabbing a desirable oil behind my ears (just be careful of reactions if you are sensitive) or I rely on the natural scents of body oils. My current favorite is Soapwalla’s Luxurious Body Oil. No need for added perfumes to make me smell pretty.