Most products nowadays are required to list all of the ingredients that go into making that said product, that is true enough for the food industry anyways, but with more and more people becoming increasingly aware that chemicals are just as bad for our body as the foods that we put in into it, is it time for a change? We think so.
Have you ever seen the term parfume or fragrance listed on the back of your favourite perfume, antiperspirant or cologne and wondered what that actually meant?
Well it’s a clever way that companies can keep their signature scents a secret to prevent someone else from coming along and easily copying it, but as a consumer this means we’re completely left in the dark to what is actually inside these products, which could be any of the 3,000 plus synthetic chemicals in a companies disposal to make these scents and some of the more common ones include:
Parabens: A widely used synthetic preservative in the cosmetic industry which can mimic the estrogen hormone in the body, it’s production and release, which have also been theorised to increase the risk of breast cancer.
Phthalates: Another man-made preservative that is a known carcinogen and linked to decreased sperm counts, birth defects and liver/kidney damage. Not nice stuff!
Petrochemicals: That's right, you pump into your car so why not spray it on your wrists and under your armpits? These chemicals derived from petrol aren’t good for your body at all and are usually the reason why you can’t stand to be around the person who smells like they’ve emptied an entire bottle on their person.
These chemicals are known to disrupt hormones and cause allergic reactions and really nothing good for our body at all. Always remember that the skin is the bodies largest organ so whatever you put on it is easily absorbed into the body.
The safest thing to do is if you ever see the words fragrance or perfume on the back of a bottle, assume there are hidden chemicals and do a little more research or even challenge the companies to find out more information.