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Natural Alternatives to Perfumes Understanding the dangers of artificial fragrances

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What is it about smells and scents that so deeply resonates with us? Scents conjure up some of our fondest memories and strongest feelings. We all have our personal favorites and use many products to scent our bodies. The perfume industry began centuries ago, capitalizing on our desire to smell fresh, alluring or mysterious. 

Perfumes, colognes and fragrances were once made of ingredients that came directly from plants and flowers. In an effort to reduce costs, create unique scents and develop products that have an endless shelf life, the industry began using chemical alternatives. Known as artificial fragrances, these scents can contain hundreds of chemical components intended to replicate one scent in nature.

Did you know that 95% of all artificial or synthetic fragrances are petroleum-based. In excess of 5,000 synthetic chemical ingredients go into making perfumes! Many of these chemicals are not fully tested and have significant adverse affects on our health and well-being. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Artificial fragrances are the number one allergy and asthma trigger
  • The Institute of Medicine placed artificial fragrance in the same category as 2nd hand smoke in triggering asthma in adults and children
  • Artificial fragrances are neurotoxins that desensitize our sense of smell
  • Synthetic fragrances can block the body’s ability to eliminate toxins
  • Synthetic musks, used to slow the evaporation rate of a fragrance, can damage the connections between brain cells and impair toxin elimination.
  • Artificial fragrances affect the Central Nervous System and are linked to increases in MS, Alzheimer’s, Neurological disorders, ADD, ADHT, Autism, Cancer, Infertility, birth defects and more.
  • Many of the products that we use end up going down the drain or in land-fills which adversely impacts the environment, aquatic life and wildlife.

Your skin is your largest organ. Sixty percent of what touches it goes directly into your blood stream. Once you understand the dangers of artificial fragrances you’ll most likely want to switch to something that is safe as soon as possible.

There are natural alternatives. Use perfumes and body mists made from pure essential oils, which are plant extracts and all natural. Pure essential oils, while smelling wonderful, also possess many different therapeutic properties. There are scents to energize, uplift, balance or relax you, to name a few. 

When looking for perfumes, be sure the product contains only pure essentialoils. Avoid anything that lists fragrance oil, natural fragrance or fragrance blend. While products with only pure essential oils may be a bit more expensive, natural perfumes, in the long run, will save your health, the health of those around you, and the environment.

It’s important to note that the danger of artificial fragrances isn’t limited to just perfumes. It’s contained in everything from laundry and cleaning products to bath and body products, even newly purchased clothes.

Just Naturals specializes in pure essential oil blends for the body and home. Browse our site or call (603) 606-1345. Make a healthy change today!

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