Do you know what’s in your perfume?
If you’re like most people, you probably don’t think twice about spraying on your favourite perfume or cologne. But did you know that there may be hidden ingredients in your fragrance that could be harmful to your health?
According to the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics and EWG, there are 38 “secret chemicals” in popular perfumes and colognes. These secret ingredients are not mentioned on the labels, but they are there, they are unregulated, and many of them have yet to be researched for safety. Among the hidden chemicals there are some associated with hormone disruption, allergic reactions, asthma, headaches, skin conditions, and even human tissue.
So what can you do to protect yourself? The best way to avoid these hidden ingredients is to choose fragrance-free products. If you do want to wear a fragrance, look for one that only contains natural ingredients and is clearly labeled as such. And be sure to read the ingredient list carefully before purchasing any product, not just fragrances.
The harmful ingredients in perfumes and colognes don’t just stay on your skin. They wash down the drain and eventually end up in our water sources. HHCB, the most common fragrance chemical, has been found in lake sediments since 1979.
This fascination with smelling like our favourite celebrities comes at a cost. The ingredients are far from natural, and they do not lead toward a healthier you and a healthier Earth.