5 Reasons To Abandon Your Perfume For Essential Oils
Posted by Trevida Staff - November 04, 2016
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Who really knows what’s in perfumes? Do you?
The fragrances so many of us spritz on our clothes, skin, and in the air aren’t quite as pleasant as they smell. Solvents, chemicals, synthetic aromas, and a whole slew of animal secretions (ew) like ambergris are misted into the air, occasionally causing allergic reactions and who-knows-what-other issues because the ingredients are a protected secret — even from the FDA.
Meanwhile, essential oils afford an all-natural alternative. No chemicals. No solvents. And they even have therapeutic, stress-alleviating benefits.
- Perfume Concerns
Surely, you’ve known someone who reacts adversely to perfumes. There are studies that suggest as many as 30% of people are irritated by fragrances on other people. Even if you don’t suffer from a perfume intolerance, you may impacting the people around you. There have even been calls for the removal of artificial fragrances from hospitals, citing their tendency to induce asthma attacks. Other symptoms of fragrance sensitivity include reactions such as sneezing, headaches, rashes (dermatitis) and even difficulty breathing.
While these superficial irritations aren’t typically cause for great concern, some of the toxic ingredients are, in fact, quite troubling. Styrene is just one of many chemicals used in perfumes, and in recent years, it’s been exposed as a probable carcinogen. Also, in a report from the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, a number of chemicals that are potential hormone-disruptors were found in popular perfumes. The trouble here is that there is no list of perfumes that include the toxic chemical, and perfumes are not required to include to include specific ingredient information beyond “fragrance.”
So, it’s clear that a spritz of perfume comes with its own risk — even if it’s a small one. But why support the use and propagation of these toxic ingredients, when there’s a perfectly safe alternative?
- Benefits of Essential Oils
For as many issues as are posed by artificial, toxic, unnatural fragrances, there are many times more benefits to using natural essential oils as a personal fragrance.
Artificial and synthetic fragrances are often a replication of a preexisting natural aroma. Best case, your average commercial perfume imbues natural oils and fragrances with unhealthy chemicals and solvents. But there are endless naturally occurring fragrances — from flowers, herbs, and oils — that are easily and nearly universally adored. It’s innate that we appreciate the pleasant smells of flowers and herbs like jasmine, lavender, peppermint, tea tree, and eucalyptus.
Scents and aromas impact our mood. For centuries people have leveraged the power that smell has over psychology, and it’s always been natural, plant-based products that are used for stress-relief, relaxation, invigoration, and anxiety reduction.
Antifungal and antibacterial
Many aromatic essential oils have powerful cleansing properties, as well. Tea tree oil is widely used as an antifungal, antiviral, and antibacterial agent. Because of this it can be used effectively as a deodorant or even to treat skin infections like athlete’s foot.
A commercial perfume serves only one purpose. Yet, natural, organic essential oils can serve a variety of purposes all while leaving you smelling fresh. Best of all, you don’t have to worry about imposing adverse reactions on the people around or developing cancer down the road.
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