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Category: Personal Care Products

‘Fragrance’ in Products Contain Hidden Chemicals

Spraying on that deodorant or cologne is a vital part of dressing up for most. Many personal care products contain fragrances. These include everything ranging from your shampoos to lotions and other things. While this may make them smell nice, not many, know a dirty secret here. All these seemingly pleasant scents come with an extreme degree of toxicity, with chemicals that are linked to reproductive problems, hormonal disruptions, and cancer. A lot of Fragrance-Non-Toxic-Blogmajor perfumes at department stores and retailers can be accurately defined as poison.

The fragrance that you are using can contain almost anything. Synthetic colognes and perfumes have a number of chemicals that have shown to be linked to allergies, reproductive toxicity, and cancer among other things.

What makes these fragrances toxic?

Over 17 popular fragrances were tested in 2010 by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics and the Environmental Working group. A number of toxic chemicals were found in just this small selection, which included:

  • Phthalates and endocrine disruptors: These can cause an IQ drop of over 6 points in children whose mothers were exposed to them during their pregnancy.
  • Diethyl Phthalate was also found, which has been linked to sperm damage in various studies.
  • Must ketone is a skin irritant, and concentrates both breast milk and human fat tissue. It is also a suspected hormone disruptor.
  • There were 24 other chemicals found that acted as allergens, triggering symptoms like skin irritation, rash, headaches, vomiting, violent coughing and others.
  • A large portion of the chemicals that were used had not undergone any safety assessment at the date when the study was conducted.

With all these facts, it is obvious that those pleasant scents are not so pleasant after all. In addition to all of that, there are no limitations on fragrances. The only ingredients that manufacturers cannot use are banned substances.   There are many substances in fragrances that have not been tested for their safety in humans.  Companies and manufacturers are not required to reveal or list the ingredients or chemicals that they use, which makes it all worse.

Is there any regulation?

Cosmetic companies are required to list their ingredients on the labels as per the Federal Fair Packaging & Labeling Act, 1973- but fragrances are exempted from it, which means that consumers have no idea as to what they are using on their bodies. The fragrance industry is permitted to regulate itself through the IFRA trade association. However, they have not evaluated most of the chemicals being used either.

what-toxins-lurk-in-your-perfumesAs per the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics report, over 19% of the listed ingredients and 66% of the ‘secret ones’ that were discovered in various tests have not undergone any assessment for their safety. What makes this worse is that even tested chemicals have no reliability, for how ‘independent’ these tests are.

Thus, in the midst of all this- staying clear of toxic fragrances is important. You can use pure essential oils and natural alternatives, which will be free of all these chemicals in the other products that the market has to offer.

Until next time, Stay SAFE!


Most Sunscreens are Toxic

Over 2 million people are diagnosed with skin cancer each year in the USA alone. Even though an increasing number of individuals make use of sunscreen each year, the number of detected cases of skin cancer is on the rise. Four different studies conducted after the 1990s have shown higher risk rate of melanoma in individuals who use the maximum sunscreen.

Conventional sunscreens and the dangers they pose

The FDA does not have any safety standards as far as sunscreens go. There have not 1been any regulations that govern them since 1978, and all that you learn from the SPF factor is the effectiveness of the sunscreens against the rays that cause sunburn. Sunscreens have ingredients that can absorb into your blood, work like estrogen, cause allergic reactions, disrupt your hormones, release free radicals under sunlight, cause irritation on your skin and a lot more.

Further, a recent study that was there in the Environmental Science Technology showed that some of the most commonly used ingredients in sunscreens, such as PABA, methoxycinnamate, and oxybenzone, which are estrogenic chemicals, are also linked to cancer. Thus, the first thing that you must do right now is throw away your sunscreen if it has any of these ingredients.


Some of the toxic/unsafe ingredients used in sunscreen

Some of the ingredients that are harmful, and must be avoided in your sunscreen at all cost include:

• Phenylbenzimidazole
• Parabens
• Para amino benzoic acid
• Oxybenzone
• Octyl salicyclate
• Octocrylene
• Methoxycinnamate
• Menthyl anthranilate
• Homosalate
• Dioxybenzone
• Cinoxate

Thus, if you are using a sunscreen that has anything from the above list, then you should throw it away this instant to protect yourself, and go with the alternatives given ahead!

Keep these 13 sunscreens for kids out of your shopping cart

  • Banana Boat Kids Max Protect & Play Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 100
  • Coppertone Water Babies Sunscreen Stick, SPF 55
  • Coppertone Sunscreen Continuous Spray, Kids, SPF 70
  • Coppertone Sunscreen Lotion Kids, SPF 70+
  • Coppertone Foaming Lotion Sunscreen Kids Wacky Foam, SPF 70+
  • Coppertone Water Babies Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 70+
  • CVS Baby Sunstick Sunscreen, SPF 55
  • CVS Kids Wet & Dry Sunscreen Spray, SPF 70+
  • Equate Kids Sunscreen Stick, SPF 55
  • Hampton Sun Continuous Mist Sunscreen For Kids, SPF 70
  • Neutrogena Wet Skin Kids Sunscreen Spray, SPF 70+
  • Neutrogena Wet Skin Kids Sunscreen Stick, SPF 70+
  • Up & Up Kids Sunscreen Stick, SPF 55

Natural and healthier sunscreen alternatives

The best sunscreen that you can get is not necessary a cream or something that has to be applied on your skin. A shirt and a hat are the safest and most efficient of all options- free of any chemicals and no doubts about whether it will work or not. Before you buy any sunscreen, do not go for the ‘sunblock’ claims and similar things, which is what the FDA is also pushing to ban.

You can check the EWG database to know which natural sunscreens are the safest. Kiss My Face SPF 30 is one of the safest options out of the lot. A more natural form of sunblock will have ingredients like Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide. You can even make your own sunscreen.

Apart from sunscreens, you should also supplement your diet with foods that can protect your skin. These include nutrients like Vitamin E (present in almonds and pumpkin seeds), Omega-3 fatty acids (present in fish oil and salmon) and Catechins (present in white and green tea).

You do not always need a fancy cosmetic brand for your skin, for these have the potential to do more harm than good. These simple and natural alternatives are equally effective and can help protect your skin in the best possible manner.

Until next time, Stay SAFE!


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