Alternatives to Toxic Perfume

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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:

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.

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Categories: Perfume & Scents, Toxic Chemicals

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6 Responses to “Alternatives to Toxic Perfume”

  1. elena lamina on May 19th, 2010 2:30 pm

    I put distilled water in a 8oz.spray bottle and add about 15 drops of Patchouli oil. I keep this spray in the bathroom to spray on me and in the air too.!!!Smells divine!

  2. Cindy on May 26th, 2010 4:00 pm

    I know this is geared towards women, but my husband has requested some new cologne. Any safer alternatives for men?

  3. Melisa on May 27th, 2010 8:01 am

    Any suggestions for fragrance for men?

  4. Kathy on May 28th, 2010 9:34 am

    Good question ladies. I’ll look into it and see what I can find!

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