Things to know before you spray perfume on your body

Have you walked behind someone and inhaled a massive stench of sickly perfume or been on the bus when some idiotic teen is spraying lynx all over themselves? It’s gross right, especially if you don’t wear it yourself, it catches the back of your throat, irritates your breathing and feels claustrophobic.

Well not only is it offensive to your nose, it’s also really bad for your body.

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According to a new report released by the Environmental Working Group (EWG), commissioned by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, seventeen name brand perfume products were found to contain a “complex cocktail of natural essences and synthetic chemicals – often petrochemicals,” including diethyl phthalate, a chemical linked to sperm damage in adult men and abnormal development of reproductive organs in baby boys. Lab results revealed an average of 14 chemicals secretly lurk in common fragrances; some of which have been linked to hormone disruption and allergic reactions while others have not even been assessed for safety in personal care products.

Chemicals from perfumes, cosmetics, and personal care products are absorbed through the skin and inhaled with applied or sprayed. This pollution begins in the womb: a 2009 EWG study found synthetic musk chemicals Galaxolide and Tonalide in the umbilical cord blood of newborn infants.

Fragrance/Parfum are full of hidden chemicals, such as phthalates. Fragrance is connected to headaches, dizziness, asthma, and allergies.

There are fresh scents comprised of any number of the fragrance industry’s 3,100 stock chemical ingredients made every day. A perfume’s exact concoction is kept secret from the consumer, this is made possible–and legal–due to a loophole in the Federal Fair Packaging and Labelling Act of 1973 The Act requires companies to list ingredients on cosmetics, not fragrances.

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Check out how the chemicals in perfume can affect your health by looking at 20 most common chemicals found in fragrances on Ourlittleplace.com

Next time you want to smell of something other than your own gorgeous and natural smell, use a dab of essential oil instead. Also when you stop eating meat, the B.O smell goes away, the more ‘clean’ inside and out you become, the less you stink! Have you noticed how when you eat a curry you can smell it in your arm pits, or how if you eat onions you can smell it in your lady part secretions? this is because everything is linked up, all what goes in your body comes out and all that goes on your skin permeates inwards.

The whole perfume/aftershave scam of making yourself feel attractive and attracting a mate is crazy, be as nature intended and stop masking your own beautiful smell with toxic laden products, I am here to tell you, it doesn’t smell good, it’s a turn off, it smells cheap and chemically, the more you use it, the more you get used to the smell and then you use even more and to other people it stinks! Please save us from choking to death and enduring the cancer causing chemicals by chucking away all the crap the media tell you, you need to be beautiful and embrace your skin, love your body enough to respect it by treating it kindly.

There is always such media attention on breast cancer, check out how you can help avoid it, not by wearing a pink ribbon and doing a run, but by educating yourself on the crap you are putting on your body which causes cancer.

I actually know a charity that supports women with breast cancer and gives them goody bags that contain perfume etc that have cancer causing chemicals in them??? WTF, I sent them a message about it as I thought they may not realise, but they didn’t care.

Anyway before I go on a massive rant, I just want to make you aware that your body fragrance choices have an impact on yourself and others so be kind and change your ways.

How can I do that I hear you cry?

Pretty easily really, go and get all the stuff you put on your body, look at the chemicals on the ingredient list, the first is always the highest content. Then go to Skin Deep and search for the ingredient, there is a traffic light system which indicates whether a product is good or not, I am hardcore militant and only use green for go, but some amber when you are starting off is OK, but Red is DANGER, do not use it.

There are plenty of natural alternatives, for example you could make your own like this one from One green planet

DIY Homemade Perfume

(Fills one small rollerball container)

Ingredients:

  • 1 oz jojoba oil
  • 1 oz distilled water
  • 5 drops jasmine oil
  • 3 drops lemon oil
  • 3 drops orange oil
  • 3 drops sandalwood oil

*Note* (You can buy essential oils anywhere online or in health food stores. Buy pure essential oil so you can be sure it’s 100 percent safe.)

Directions:

Combine ingredients in a small container and lightly mix by tipping the bottle back and forth. Apply to wrists, behind the ear, and/or neck. On average, the perfume should linger for 2-3 hours. Feel free to reapply throughout the day as needed.

Or this sounds amazing like I could eat it! perfect for men from The mountain rose blog

Orange Spice Cologne

A warming, spicy, and exotic blend that will lift spirits, invigorate senses, alleviate stress, mental fatigue, and tension. The aroma is delightfully reminiscent of Chai tea.

Crush spices in a mortar and pestle. Combine with Vanilla Bean pieces, Orange peel zest, and vodka in a glass mason jar. Cap tightly and shake once or more per day. After 2-6 weeks, strain the spices and pour the infused liquid into a glass bottle with a mister top. Simply add more spices if you desire a stronger cologne.

 

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