When you read the word “fragrance” you’re actually reading a word that encompasses over 4,000 different synthetic compounds, so you’re not exactly sure what you’re putting on, and thereby in, your body. Synthetic fragrance is anything but skin-deep, and your body actually absorbs these chemicals allowing them into your bloodstream through the skin, nose, and even mouth. Many of these fragrances are petroleum based and toxic to the body, making them a big trigger for reactions like allergies, skin conditions, rashes, or even respiratory disruptions. For this reason, it’s always best to shy away from synthetic fragrances, and to opt for pure essential oils instead.


In the United States, manufacturers of body products can legally hide a plethora of different chemicals under the name “fragrance”. Some of the chemicals that make up synthetic fragrances may even be part of the EPA’s hazardous waste list, but in small quantities, are allowed to be put into products meant to go onto the body. Being mindful of keeping your body care regimen natural and pure, so benefits are best absorbed by the body in a healthy manner, is impossible when working with products that cite “fragrance” as an ingredient.


These fragrances aren’t only potentially hazardous to the body, they’re also potentially hazardous to the environment. With the myriad of different chemicals that encompass fragrance, the manufacture of products that contain it send these hazardous chemicals into the air and water during their creation. In products that do not go onto the skin, like home fragrance, these chemicals may be released directly into the indoor air you breathe.


The best way to remain conscious of your body care is to use natural skin care products fragranced by essential oils derived from nature in a pure way. Using these products, you can rest assured you’re on top of the ingredients you’re introducing to your body’s largest organ, your skin.




Synthetic fragrance encompasses a mix of over 4,000 different chemicals that do not have to be disclosed in the United States.




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