Natural vs Synthetic Perfume
Natural V’s Synthetic Perfume
As you guys know we are all about natural beauty and personal care here at Blush Essentials. We have recently partnered with StarSign Scents so I thought would share an piece written by Sasha the director of StarSign Scents to help you understand the difference between Natural and Synthetic Scents.
At StarSign Scents we are passionate about educating our customers on what chemicals to avoid and what ingredients to use as natural alternatives. After watching the Film ‘The Human Experiment’ – A film Narrated by Sean Penn, about everyday chemicals we come into contact with and how it directly effects our health – we feel it is our professional duty to really start giving YOU –our customers all the insights we know, so you can have the healthiest life possible, at least you will have the knowledge to choose what you use or not.
This document is to educate you on the synthetic fragrances in Perfumes and candles. At StarSign Scents we have created chemical free all natural Perfumes and
Chemicals in your Personal & Home Products
By Dr. Mercola
Spritzing on perfume or cologne is a daily ritual for many, not to mention that the vast majority of personal care products – shampoo, lotion, deodorant – contain fragrances of their own.
There’s a dirty little secret the fragrance industry would rather you not know about, however, which is the extreme toxicity of many of these products. Hidden behind their pleasant scents are typically chemicals linked to hormone disruption, reproductive problems, and even cancer.
Many perfumes sold at department stores, big-box retailers, and virtually everywhere else can aptly be described as poison – and this means that you could very well be sacrificing your health by wearing them.
''Fragrance' can virtually contain anything
I caution against using any synthetic perfume or cologne, or any other synthetically fragranced personal care product, as they're almost always loaded with synthetic chemicals that have been linked to cancer, reproductive toxicity, allergies, and more.And although the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) actually has direct authority to regulate harmful ingredients in cosmetics and personal care products, it doesn't exercise it.
The Environmental Working Group (EWG) explains: “When you see ‘fragrance’ on a personal care product's label, read it as ‘hidden chemicals.’ A major loophole in FDA's federal law lets manufacturers of products like shampoo, lotion, and body wash include nearly any ingredient in their products under the name ‘fragrance’ without actually listing the chemical.Companies that manufacture personal care products are required by law to list the ingredients they use, but fragrances and trade-secret formulas are exempt .
”What does this mean for a health-conscious person like yourself?
When you purchase a fragrance, it could contain any number of the 3,100 or so stock chemical ingredients used by the fragrance industry. What blend is in most products you buy, exactly, is virtually impossible to ascertain, aside from testing it in a lab – and this is actually what the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics did
14 Secret Chemicals Found, on Average, in Fragrance Products
Laboratory tests commissioned by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, and analysed by EWG, found a total of 38 chemicals not listed on the labels in 17 name-brand fragrances (such as Chanel, Giorgio Armani, Bath & Body Works, Old Spice, Calvin Klein, and more).
The average fragrance product contained 14 chemicals that were not disclosed on the label (along with another 15 that were listed!). The report noted: “Among them are chemicals associated with hormone disruption and allergic reactions, and many substances that have not been assessed for safety in personal care products.
Also in the ranks of undisclosed ingredients are chemicals with troubling hazardous properties or with a propensity to accumulate in human tissues. These include diethyl phthalate, a chemical found in 97 percent of Americans and linked to sperm damage in human epidemiological studies, and musk ketone, a synthetic fragrance ingredient that concentrates in human fat tissue and breast milk.”
Which Toxic Poisons May Be Lurking in Your Favourite Fragrance?
The term “fragrance,” under US law, actually means a combination of chemicals that gives a perfume or cologne its distinct scent. These ingredients may be derived from petroleum or natural raw materials, or they may be produced synthetically. Perfume manufacturers typically purchase fragrance mixtures from companies that specialises in developing fragrances (known as fragrance houses) and then combine them to create a unique scent.
It is this chemical combination that is typically kept protected as a “trade secret,” while other chemicals in the products (solvents, stabilisers, preservatives, dyes, and UV absorbers) may be listed on the label. So what is a typical fragrance actually made of? Some common offenders include:
Parabens: Synthetic preservatives known to interfere with hormone production and release.
Phthalates: Another synthetic preservative that’s carcinogenic and linked to reproductive effects (decreased sperm counts, early breast development, birth defects) and liver and kidney damage.
Synthetic musks: These are linked to hormone disruption and are thought to persist and accumulate in breast milk, body fat, umbilical cord blood, and the environment.
According to EWG:
“An analysis of the chemical contents of products reveals that the innocuous-looking ‘fragrance’ often contains chemicals linked to negative health effects. Phthalates, used to make fragrances last longer, are associated [with] damage to the male reproductive system, and artificial musks accumulate in our bodies and can be found in breast milk. Some artificial musks are even linked to cancer.
And if you've got asthma, watch out -- fragrance formulas are considered to be among the top 5 known allergens, and can trigger asthma attacks.
The same kinds of chemicals are often used for fragrances in cleaning products, fragrant candles, and air fresheners. To avoid those unpleasant side effects, choose fragrance- free products, but beware labels that say ‘unscented.’ It may only mean that the manufacturer has added yet another fragrance to mask the original odour.”
Our fragrances and related products at StarSign Scents are 100% natural and chemical free and were developed because of the chronic fatigue I suffered as a 21-year-old from spraying testers all day for big synthetic fragrance houses.I, firsthand, have experienced the flattening affects and toxic build up in my own body from synthetic fragrance so I encourage you to look after your health and only use natural fragrance and products in your home.
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Sasha de Brennton
Director StarSign Scents