The Only Perfume You Should Be Wearing
Your go-to fragrance may smell nice, but what it’s made of isn’t.
If you’ve been following me for a bit, you may know that I’m very into researching what goes into the products I use, what kind of carcinogens + toxins are in them, what to avoid & what to use instead. If you’re wanting to learn more about what’s in your products, I recommend looking them up on the Think Dirty App or the Environmental Working Group Database.
You can order samples here.
+ you can apply the $18 you spend on samples toward a full bottle of perfume, which is really great.
After a few days of wearing the fragrances around, I’m loving them. Moab is definitely a favorite — it has a super nostalgic scent.
Greylocke is light + refreshing & I’ve been using it as a room spray as well.
The Howl candle has been a staple, too. Zero complaints about any of these scents!
PHLUR avoids potentially toxic ingredients like parabens, phthalates & BHT, as well as possible endocrine disruptors. They’re also vegan & cruelty-free.
In other words, you have no reason not to purge all of your fragrances & switch to an option that values your well-being.
To get into the nitty-gritty as to why traditional, mainstream perfumes are actually harmful to you, read on!
— The FDA stamp of approval on beauty products, food, drinks, household cleaning products & [everything else] doesn’t hold much weight.
Think about things like dyes in processed foods, chemical compounds in our laundry detergent, & flavoring in soda sold at the grocery store.
For instance, dyes like Yellow 5 + 6 & Red 40 are FDA approved. They contain compounds including benzidine & 4-aminobiphenyl, that research has linked with cancer. Research has also associated food dyes with problems in children including allergies, hyperactivity, learning impairment, irritability and aggressiveness. (Check out “The Magic Pill” on Netflix for more insight on this.)
In just one quick example of FDA-approved ingredients with this much risk involved, you have to question what goes into your products & wonder if it’s really safe or regulated.
“Some of the FDA’s own scientists have charged that politics, not science, is behind the FDA’s actions.” — Joseph Crowley, politician
— Over 4,000 chemicals are used in today's fragrances.
According to a 1991 study by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, 95 percent of these chemicals are derived from petroleum and some are potentially hazardous. Common ingredients found in perfumes are: acetone, ethanol, benzaldehyde, formaldehyde, limonene, methylene chloride, camphor, ethyl acetate, linalool & benzyl alcohol. Phthalates & synthetic musks are also commonly used potentially hazardous ingredients.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) listed 20 common perfume ingredients on the EPA's Hazardous Waste list, including those listed above. Many of these chemicals list headaches, nausea, rashes & heightened asthma symptoms as side effects.
The FDA exempts ingredient lists from having to be more specific, even though a perfume might contain synthetic, preservative, or allergy-provoking substances.
This “fragrance” loophole was originally developed to protect a company’s proprietary perfume blend or trade secrets, under the Fair Packaging and Labeling Act of 1966. In other words, it protected Chanel No. 5 from copycats.
— The takeaway here is to always opt for products without “fragrance” listed as an ingredient, unless you know for sure that it’s a blend of natural essential oils (which is definitely the case for some companies!)
Also, always reading ingredient lists & looking into what the chemicals inside are linked to (sometimes being disease, infertility, cancer, etc.) is your best bet.
Again, you can do this by scanning products on Think Dirty or the EWG Database.
And to close out, check out “Stink!” on Netflix — it’s a documentary that shares all about the behind-the-scenes of lobbying for ingredients lists to be disclosed, who’s in charge of decisions to keep this information out of public reach, & is ultimately the story of a dad who wants to protect his little girls from toxic chemicals in everyday products.
Disclosure: I may earn a commission at no extra cost to you if you decide to buy any of the products I refer to & promote. All opinions are my own!