Fragrances in Your Home Could Be Making You Sick
Fragrances in Your Home Could Be Making You Sick
Shakespeare said, “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet,” but when that the fragrance of that rose is made of phenyl ethyl alcohol, geraniol, linalool and other synthetic aroma chemicals, not only is it not quite the same, it could harm your health.
But with synthetic fragrances came toxic chemicals. Instead of natural ingredients, perfumes were now made from chemicals synthesized from the waste products of refining petroleum for fuel. Over time, it was discovered that these chemicals were toxic.
Today’s fragrances consist of a combination of natural essential oils, aroma chemicals, and solvents in a base of alcohol. Some of the more toxic ingredients include
- methylene chloride
- methyl ethyl ketone
- benzyl chloride
All of these chemicals require disposal as hazardous substances.
In 1989, from a list of 2,983 chemicals used in the fragrance industry, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) recognized 884 toxic substances capable of causing cancer, birth defects, central nervous system disorders, skin and eye irritation, multiple chemical sensitivities (MCS), and allergies.
In 2010, The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics commissioned an independent lab to test seventeen fragrance products. They found hormone-disrupting chemicals linked to a range of health effects, including cancer, thyroid disruption, and sperm damage.
But fragrance chemicals can also cause what a growing number of people experience as allergies and sensitivities, which can have mild to severe effects. Symptoms can range from classic “allergic” symptoms such as a runny nose, sneezing, and watery eyes, to headaches, inability to concentrate and dizziness. These chemicals can also aggravate breathing difficulties and wheezing, and result in skin conditions that include itching, hives, and rashes.
As consumers, we rarely know what the exact ingredients are. “Fragrance” on a product label is a catch-all term that can indicate the presence of up to four thousand different ingredients. Approximately 95 percent of those ingredients are made from petroleum.
In addition to perfume and aftershave, synthetic fragrance is used in a variety of consumer products, including
- Personal care products—shampoo, soap, lotion, deodorant
- Cleaning products—laundry detergent, fabric softener, dishwashing liquid
- Household products—air fresheners, candles, scented inserts in magazines
If you are having symptoms related to exposure to fragrance or want to eliminate scented products as a preventive measure for good health, the two steps are to buy unscented products and remove fragrance that may already be in your home.
There are many unscented products to choose from in stores and online.
Removing synthetic fragrance around your home is often easier said than done.
Here’s what the perfume industry won’t’ tell you:
It’s totally normal to be allergic to perfumes and artificial smells.
When Coco Chanel came out with the first one in 1921, she didn’t want it to smell like any particular flower… and because of that, she added in molecules called aldehydes (like formaldehyde) and the waste products of refining petroleum to get the smells she wanted and to make them stick to skin. (Yes, you just read that correctly. All that toxic sludge is used to make commercial perfumes.)
But beyond perfumes, these toxic ingredients that made “good” smells last longer found their way into soaps, shampoos, laundry detergents, even mopping soaps.
So, our people and our homes smelled better… but at what cost?
Your Home Shouldn’t Give You a Headache
Because really, when you use one harsh chemical to kill off or “neutralize” another…. you’re really not doing anyone any good.
Instead, all that’s happening is you’re swapping one imbalance for another.
Which is why, with our technology, we focused on using only earth-extracted, natural materials that aren’t irritants. (Read nothing like pollen or pet dander.)
We use three active metal oxide powders: magnesium oxide, zinc oxide, and titanium dioxide.
Any time EnviroKlenz’s unique mixture of these minerals comes in contact with an environmental pollutant, it attaches to it, reacts with it (in a safe way), and either completely destroys the pollutant or neutralizes it so it can’t cause any further harm.
No masking agents or fragrances are added to your air, and your indoor space is simply… almost magically… cleaner.
And our secret weapon to making this happen?
Because here’s the thing: it’s not just for your clothes. It’s for all those fabrics—curtains, rugs, couch covers, throw blankets—that actually harbor a ton of toxins and fragrances without our realizing it.
So if you or someone you live with has fragrance sensitivities, buying our laundry enhancer to keep above the washing machine could actually turn out to be a total lifesaver.