At the end of 2018, I got rid of all of my perfumes & fragrances. Everything went in the trash – my Channel, Dior, Lancôme, and all the other luxury (and less luxury) fragrances I owned. Here’s a little video, just in case you need proof:
Many of my lady friends had big reactions to seeing this video in my Insta-stories – “little extreme, don’t you think” was one of the most common sentiments. But the thing is, the known dangers of synthetic fragrance and the impact they can have on our health & life is much more extreme than getting rid of them.
Here are the Top 5 reasons why I no longer use any synthetic fragrance:
The term “fragrance” on a product label represents an undisclosed mixture of various chemicals and ingredients, added to provide a pleasant scent, or (more often) to mask a bad one, says Tina Sigurdson, General Counsel at Environmental Working Group (EWG). It’s one of the only ingredients that doesn’t have to be fully disclosed on the label, meaning there’s a “fragrance loophole” in our products that allows companies to simply use the generic term “fragrance” rather than being transparent and telling the consumer what’s really in the product. Which begs the question, what are companies hiding under this generic term? “The average fragrance product tested contained 14 secret chemicals not listed on the label,” reports EWG.
2. I want to be happy, have babies…and healthy skin!
Many chemicals found in fragrance have been linked to hormone disruption, which has such wide ranging effects, but includes anxiety, depression & mood swings. It can make your acne worse as well as your PMS. And women are not the only ones at risk here.
Phthalates (one of the chemicals used in fragrance) is known to interfere with the production of Androgen (male hormones, like testosterone) which are critical to male development AND female hormone balance (yes, females also have androgens), including fertility (source). Because of their anti-androgenic activity (phthalate exposure is linked to genital abnormalities in boys, reduced sperm counts, endometriosis, and elements of metabolic disruption including obesity, insulin resistance, and Type 2 Diabetes).
Many phthalates have been banned or their use restricted in other countries. (source) But they’re still allowed in the U.S., meaning Americans are at risk for developmental and reproductive toxicity. Phthalates often hide under the “fragrance” ingredient, but they can also appear on ingredient lists as phthalate, DEP, DBP, and DEHP.
3. I don’t like giving money to big corporations
Whenever I have the choice, I always try to support small business, or companies that are transparent and conduct their business with integrity. I like knowing that my $$ are going towards a good cause, helping bring prosperity & abundance to a small business owner’s life or supporting a company who’s values I can get behind.
The way we spend our money gives us a lot more power than we realize.
I firmly believe that it is time for all of us to embrace the power our money gives us, and send it towards a cause, person or company that we believe in.
“I think the CEO of Chanel needs another beachfront property or an extra private jet”
-said no one ever.
I choose to support people I can relate to. Fellow small business owners. People who are working hard to bring abundance to their life while also making this world a better place.
The only reason big corporations & companies with 0 integrity continue to prosper, is because we fuel them with our $$.
I say that era is over. I say it is time for us to be the change in the world that we want to see. Stop complaining and waving around empty words. Instead, put yo money where your mouth is.
4. I care about the environment
Some of the toxic effects of perfume on the environment include harm to marine life, an increase in water and air pollution (including indoor air), and ecological harm, according to the EPA. ( source; source). If there is a way I can stop adding to this problem (and protect my health at the same time) there’s no question about it.
5. I want to live a long life
It is shocking to me how many of the chemicals commonly found in fragrance are KNOWN CARCINOGENS. Peep this chart for an overview:
And there you have it folks. These 5 are just a few of the many reasons that I stand behind my decision. There are many others.
I encourage each and every one of you to empower yourselves with knowledge. Do you own research. Google words from product labels that you don’t understand. Don’t for a second believe that there is someone out there (perhaps “the system”) that’s watching out for your health and wellbeing. YOU HAVE TO WATCH OUT FOR YOURSELF. Empower yourself with the undeniable value of knowledge.1