In the most recent summit on Natural Cancer Prevention, they mentioned a wonderful topic about the elusive ingredient “fragrance” IT IS EVERYWHERE! You can barely escape it’s path when it comes to personal care products. It’s in everything from the obvious perfumes and colognes to even personal care products that proclaim they’re “unscented” An oxymoron in ever scents (pun intended)! And many times, where there is fragrance, there are other carcinogenic ingredients such as triclosan, parabens and phthalates.
Why is this ingredient “fragrance” so elusive? Well, do you know what fragrance really is? None of us do, except for the proprietary inventors of this ingredient. It can truly be ANYTHING. Or how Well + Good explained it, a complicated cocktail of many confidential ingredients. Personal care product companies such as Proctor & Gamble don’t have to disclose what the ingredient “fragrance” actually is on its ingredient list because the U.S. FDA has a self-regulatory policy for personal care products. They can keep the ingredient “fragrance” a proprietary secret from the public, and due to self-regulation, those ingredients that make up “fragrance” could be nasty carcinogenic chemicals. Many people tend to use fragrances from infancy, meaning they get a lifelong exposure to these toxins.
To make matters a bit worse, fragrance is not the only elusive ingredient. Campaign for Safe Cosmetics recommends looking out for the ingredients parfum, perfume, essential oil blend and aroma as well since they all fall under that elusively unregulated category of potentially toxic ingredients. Rarely have a I seen even one ingredient listed on a perfume or cologne bottle/box. They only ever mention top and base notes, but what are these products truly made of? Something smells fishy if you ask me.
To make life easier, safer and smell a whole lot better, stick with using pure therapeutic grade essential oils in your daily life and you can obviously use them in place of synthetic perfume or cologne. They have such a vivid and potent aroma that last longer on the skin when blended with a viscous carrier oil. Plus, you have the added benefit of essential oils being beneficial to all parts of the body, from our blood to our cells.