If you’ve ever wondered how laundry detergent can smell like rain, it’s not because they’ve added actual rain, it’s because chemists have created the scent with chemicals, most of them derived from petroleum products. This is why it is imperative to avoid these fragrance filled products when we can.
Why Synthetic Fragrances Should Be Avoided
Phthalates have been shown to disrupt hormone activity while Petrochemicals (petroleum based products) have been linked to birth defects, nervous system disorders, allergies and cancer.
Many of the synthetic fragrances are in products we put on skin or that are embedded into our clothing, which sits directly on our skin. When our skins comes into contact with these chemicals that are synthetic fragrances, our skin immediately absorbs them and carries them to our bloodstream.
Airborne scents are created to be long-lasting by companies and their chemists. These toxin-filled scents are made so they don’t easily break down, but are carried throughout the air. We are breathing these chemicals in and filling our lungs with the synthetic fragrances. THis can cause long term effects on the respiratory system as well as cause long term allergies and asthma in children.
Those who are at a higher risk for being affected negatively by synthetic fragrances and and the chemicals contained in them are pregnant women, babies and children, who’s systems absorb more of these chemicals.
Where Synthetic Fragrances are Found
- Scented Candles
- Dryer Sheets
- Laundry Detergent
- Household Cleaners
- Air Fresheners
- Wax Melts
- Hand Soap
- Baby Wipes
- Dish Soaps
The names of these fragrance additives often is listed as “Fragrance”, however it isn’t even always disclosed on the packaging. Most likely anything that advertises a scent of any kind has synthetic fragrance and the chemicals that come with that in the product.
Why Aren’t Chemicals Disclosed?
And why aren’t natural flowers and oils used any longer? Well, sometimes they are used. Any product that boasts of scents derived from natural plants uses flowers and oils in their formulas as opposed to chemicals. But overall, most companies do not use natural options because the chemicals are much cheaper to use and create and they last longer in the air, which as consumers we’ve been told we want.
How to Avoid These Chemicals
However, overall, finding products with this advertised on the package is going to be your best bet.
Second, instead of covering up the odors in your home with candles, wax melts or air fresheners, use my recipe below to clean the air and remove the scent, not cover it up.
Third, create your own cleaning products adding essential oils for scents. Not only do essential oils create a pleasant smell, but they also have properties that are beneficial to our indoor environment and our bodies. They can actually work to purify the air and promote self-healing. My cleaning recipe book will walk you through everything you need to know to create your own non-toxic household cleaners, laundry detergents and air fresheners.
Finally, you can completely replace the products in your home with safe and healthy alternatives. I’ve created a Master Fragrance Replacement List (with a fill-in action plan for your family) to help you get started and find alternatives to the toxic scents we’ve been sold as consumers. Download it today and create your own action plan to remove synthetic fragrances from your home.