The Case Against (synthetic) Fragrance x 2

Hello natural beauties and scent lovers! I missed a post last week because I’ve been super, dooper, uber busy. I do not extoll the virtues of being busy at all – I’m more about a balance of rest and fun and work. However when you freelance and work for yourself sometimes you just have to accept the jobs and go for it! This week I want to share with you the ever growing realisation that synthetically fragranced products are not good for us. Read on… 

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I’ve always disliked all air fresheners especially stick fragrance yuck!

 

In an article from March 7, 2017, Sarah Berry from the Sydney Morning Herald, writes about a study recently released from Melbourne University in regards to the mass of synthetically fragranced products on the market today – “Fragranced products are making us sick”.  The study headed by Professor Anne Steinemann, who Sarah says is a world expert on environmental pollutants, addresses how fragranced products including cleaning products, personal care products and air fresheners are literally making us all sick!

Professor Steinemann has also headed a similar study in the USA and is about to release a similar British study too. The Australian study ” Health and effects from exposure to fragranced consumer products” states

“Contrary to popular belief, most exposure to hazardous pollutants that effect health and well-being occurs indoors (Ott et al., 2007; Brown, 2007). A primary source of these indoor pollutants and exposure is common fragranced consumer products such as air fresheners. cleaning products, laundry supplies, and personal care products…

Exposure to fragranced products has been associated with a range of adverse human health effects, including migraine headaches, contact dermatitis, asthma attacks, respiratory difficulties, and mucosal symptoms.”

Some facts from the study:

  • 33% of the general population reported one or more types of health problems associated with exposure to one or more types of fragranced products
  • 16.7% reported respiratory problems
  • 14% mucosal symptoms
  • 10% migraine headaches
  • 9.5% skin problems
  • 7.6% asthma attacks
  • 4.5% neurological problems
  • 4.1% cognitive problems
  • 3% cardiovascular problems
  • 2.9% cardiovascular problems
  • 1.9% other

Other statements:

  • fragranced products emit a range of chemicals, including hazardous air pollutants, but ingredients do not need to be fully disclosed on the product label or material safety data sheet
  • a “fragrance” in a product is typically a chemical mixture of several dozen to several hundred chemicals

mmmmmm hideous

I’ve always maintained that getting rid of, or limiting synthetic fragrance is of paramount importance and talk about it in my book “Revelation! Reveal Your Destiny with Essential Oils”.

Revelation! Reveal Your Destiny with Essential Oils

I have author envy with the release of this fabulous new book by Australian author Kate Grenville “The Case Against Fragrance”, where she basically reports becoming sick from her perfumes and has to stop using them for good!

Unfortunately Kate actually thought she was allergic to dating but later realised it was the dastardly spritz of her French perfume that did her in!

The Case Against Fragrance

 

Kate intensely describes being so overwhelmed by synthetic fragrance in a hotel she was staying in, she had to duct tape the door and lock herself in to block out the intensity of the scent and to try and save herself from debilitating health issues like migraines.

I do realise the essential oils are made up of different chemicals and can also effect people too, however if we all eliminated synthetically fragranced toxic products from our lives not only would our senses become more refined, but we can then use a little essential oil with great health benefits and results.

Perfume is one of the greatest culprits – sorry perfume lovers – hence the need for 100% pure natural botanical perfumes. Let’s get back to nature. Let’s eliminate the scourge of synthetic fragrance from our every day lives.

It will be worth it.

Believe me.

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Thanks. What do you think about all the fragranced products in our world?

The Benefits of Beeswax in a Body Cream

nourish your skin with oil blends

nourish your skin with oil blends or should you use cream?

I love using oil blends on my body and try to do it daily, however I do know many people who just won’t use oil on their skin because it’s too high maintenance – meaning it’s too messy, or it ruins their underwear or it takes too long to soak in or blah, blah, blah! I may be preaching to the converted here but using oils on your body can be so beneficial. When I say “oils’ I am referring to coconut oil, almond oil, jojoba oil, sunflower oil and other carrier oils. This past winter my skin looked like crocodile skin so I decided to whip up a batch of cream with beeswax, oils and cocoa butter (basically because that’s the stock I had available).

Bees and their beeswax - pic via sweetbeez.org

Bees and their beeswax – pic via sweetbeez.org

It did really help my skin and I remembered one of my clients saying that her facialist sometimes talked about the right time for cream and the right time for oil. So when your body skin is scaly and horrible, that would be the perfect time to use a cream.

Why?

In a body cream, if it’s made naturally, you’ll get oil, water and emulsifying wax at the very least. You may also get essential oils, beeswax, cocoa butter, mango butter or shea butter too, to make it rich and gorgeous. Then hopefully there will be some pure essential oils added to the mix to give you a scented experience and emotional support. If you have a cheap cream made in huge vats, by big companies that is sold all over the world you’ll get water with a whole lot of synthetic crap. So when I talk about using a body cream I’m referring to a beautiful hand-made cream or a high quality cream from a boutique shop, health food shop or a market.

Handmade cream - pic via tipjunkie.com

Handmade cream – pic via tipjunkie.com

In a body oil blend you’ll be getting a carrier oil (or oils), and some essential oils which in itself is a wonderful treat but sometimes you just need a little more.

What’s the diff?

The wax. And beeswax is the bomb and adds so much more to a cream than a synthetic wax could ever do.

 

pola wax - a synthetic emulsifying wax

pola wax – a synthetic emulsifying wax

Most people will also use an emulsifying wax that is sure to combine the oil and the water into a smooth cream, although I’m sure others could make a beautiful cream with only beeswax. It is now much easier to find a 100% natural emulsifying wax but many waxes sold on the market will have synthetics in them. If your emuslifying wax beads are very white they probably have some synthetics in them. Anything with a number in it, like PEG-150 Stearate, is synthetic. A lot of synthetic preparations are safe to use but some are not. You can check the toxicity of ingredients at www.ewg.org/skindeep/

 

Wax will

* provide a mild barrier between your skin and the environment and give protection which is wonderful for dry skin and rashes and will help the symptoms of eczema and psoriasis

* make your skin feel beautiful and soft as it acts as an humectant (draws and holds moisture) and as an emollient

* have some mild actions including being an anti-inflammatory agent as it has been used over the centuries for wound healing

* mild anti-bacterial action as in honey (we know to use honey for coughs and colds because of this)

 

I recommend using a combo of both oils and creams on your body, and as in everything in life, mix it up a bit.

And from William Cowper’s poem, “The Task” (1785): “Variety is the very spice of life, That gives it all its flavor”.

 

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Toxic Skincare and Perfumery Ingredients

beware!

beware!

There are a lot of toxic ingredients in skincare and perfumery.

Fortunately, due to the ever-expanding information highway of the internet, they are much easier to identify with the help of great websites and blogs. While each source may not be 100% accurate, at least we have a place to start, and with that, a choice. How lucky are we to have a choice? Some people in the world struggle to survive, so let us all be thankful for even the smallest choice!

Here are some ingredients to avoid:

Preservatives – Parabens

They include methylparaben , ethylparaben , propylparaben  and butylparaben and are synthetically and cheaply produced as preservatives in skincare, perfume, makeup and foods. These compounds have shown up in breast cancer tumours, although studies show they are non-toxic. Possibly this is a hint not to use underarm deodorants with aluminium and parabens! Often these compounds are followed by numbers and these can be different in different countries. Have a look on your face cream, what is the preservative used in it? You’ll probably find it has a list of ingredients that sounds hideous – another hint – stay away from this shit.

Basic rule of thumb – if it has a number, its not natural. I am not claiming all synthetics are bad, but with the groundswell against ingredients such as these over the past 20 years, something isn’t quite right. And on the flip side, possibly not all natural ingredients are healthy either. For example an ingredient in bergamot essential oil is warned as being phototoxic – makes you burn faster when in the sun.Remember you have a choice, and the ability to inquire.

Preservatives – Formaldehyde

It is used as a preservative, and more recently formaldehyde-releasing preservatives are used. It is a naturally occurring substance, but the issue is the over use in skincare ingredients .This has recently been taken out of Johnson’s Baby Shampoo – but it was in there from it’s inception in 1953. Known to create cancer in humans (again), it is toxic to many organs and really isn’t very nice. It’s used in cleaning products too and is also used in most nail polishes and of course its that pungent ingredient used in embalming fluid and in scientific labs to preserve tissues ans organs.

Foaming Agents – Sulphates

Many people are now aware of the sulphates used as surfactants in shampoos, body wash, toothpastes and any else you can think of that foams up.

Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS) is the foaming agent that is used in about 90% of shampoos with Sodium Laureth Sulphate (SLES), Ammonium Lauryl Sulphate or Sodium Myreth Sulphate, also used. These compounds are known to create cancer in people and other dastardly disease when tested on animals. And they are tested on animals and you can be assured nearly everything we use in society today has been tested on animals.

what's in your perfume?

what’s in your perfume?

Fragrance

Perfumes

Each perfumes is considered a trade secret and most are not legally obliged to list what the ingredients are. They include neuro-toxins, carcinogens, allergens and sensitizing agents. Individual ingredients may include some of the above, plus Phthalates which can effect fertility. Most perfumes are not subject to any health guidelines and are made from thousands of individual synthesized notes. So next time you spray your favourite perfume all over you, remember what’s in it. You are also involving yourself with the un-healthiness of those around you too.

Fragrance

This is listed in many skincare products so the producer doesn’t have to give away firstly, what scent is in it, and secondly what toxic crap is in it. Many chemicals can be grouped under this heading as a generic description for the scent. Even some relatively natural products still have “fragrance” on the list of ingredients so no one can steal their particular combination of scent. Sorry, if you can’t tell me what’s in it. I don’t want it! I want to make an informed choice.

And can you imagine what toxic chemicals are in cleaning products? Vile.

Check out these great resources before you buy your next bottle of perfume or expensive cream or serum:

http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/

http://www.safecosmetics.org/

Become informed!