Toxic Scents: What Is It That Product Labels Don’t Say?
Making Sense Of Scents
• Who would expect that the very fragrances designed to give us a sense of well-being and contentment could be scents that undermine our health?
• Who knew that what our noses enjoy might play havoc with our mental and/or physical condition?
• Who could have guessed that there is real and present danger in so many of the lovely smelling products that are available in today's culture of scents?
• Who knew how important it would be for us to check out the facts on everyday scents that may be truly toxic?
Protecting Our Families From Scented Chemicals
In doing research for my hubs about making homemade laundry detergent and homemade fabric softener I became more aware of the dangers we face in our culture because of fragrances. It was amazing to learn how the definition of fragrance has drastically changed.
Aromatic orange blossoms, flowers, and fruits were good stuff from my childhood. Fresh air--ocean air, freshwater lake air, spring water air--all that was a natural a way of life for me. As technology evolved and I was able to regain some of those fragrances via product packaging I had no idea how deceptive the word fragrance had become.
Now, I knew full well that companies were not running out to citrus trees bottling lemon, orange, and grapefruit blossom air to make room fresheners or perfumes out of it, but to get a whiff of what they are doing is not a pleasant discovery. It’s rather scary, in fact. Sort of like the stuff out of a fright house.
Agencies, doctors, lawyers, Indian chiefs, and more are all sounding an alarm against the chemicals in perfumes, air deodorizers, soaps, detergents, and cleaning products that are used in households every day.
Reading that the word fragrance hides a multitude of other words that spell danger has distracted me from other writing that I wanted to do. I needed to get this out of the way for my own peace of mind. I could expound on the information I’ve read but I would still include the following sites and videos, so here you go:
An excellent article on this issue by Katie Falloon provides information from recent studies.
Sites like this one provide guidelines for determining which products are preferable according to green theme standards. This type of site will be helpful to those battling allergies to personal and household products or who are concerned about their safety.
Checking out sites like this one and this one can provide you with information for toxic free living. Sites explaining the definitions of some everyday product labels include information from states’ cooperative extension services.
Some businesses are beginning to develop rating systems for personal and household products, and the ones that are leading the effort will be quickly followed by the rest. I'm guessing that markets, grocery stores, and even quick-stops will be providing easy access to charts and guidelines to help us make the best choices for our needs.
You'll be looking for particular phrases such as "petrolium free" and "phthalate if you want something with fragrance, but the safest route is to find "fragrance free" products. Thankfully, it's getting easier to find labels with those words on them. This is helping--big companies are beginning to pay attention.
Dr. Gilbere on Synthetic Fragrances
Learn To Think Outside The Beautiful Boxes That Our Scented Products Come In!
You know that there is a lot of information available. You didn’t really need me to explain that. This hub is designed to help you get started on your path to using less toxic products, and/or using the stronger products as carefully as possible.
Am I going to give up my bleach? Not totally, but I am glad for more information on using it wisely and safely, and most especially I'm glad to learn how I can use less of it.
When you begin translating the mysteries of today's use of the word fragrance so you can get a grasp of the interpretations, like me, you’ll begin thinking outside the box to find out how to bring those wonderful fresh and fruity, snappy happy, alluringly exorbitant, obsessively sporty, colorfully exotic aromas back into your life.
And, in all of this, there's icing on the cake for me--no more giving my greenbacks to companies that charge astounding prices for scented products and then use my finances to support causes and programs with agendas that make me stress shed like my cat at the vet. Makes me smile!
Overview on Fragrance
- Decreasing Toxins For Healthy Living
From the products we use to the things we consume, taking a second look at their ingredients is a good idea. Here are a few areas we can all do a check-list on so we can make any needed changes.
- Can You Really Make Homemade Laundry Detergent?
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Avoid adverse drug interactions. Do your own research and discuss all medications along with supplements that you take with your doctor.
- Slow Death By Rubber Duck from Rick Smith and Bruce Lourie
...once people have the information they need, they themselves will take action to make sure they do not purchase harmful products, thereby destroying any companys desire to make dangerous merchandise for store shelves.
- Green Deeds: Defining Energy Efficiency
Defining the term energy efficient is more than how an end product functions. Green products need to be examined from start to finish.
- Global Neighborhoods: Neighbors Checking On Neighbors?
Giving new meaning to neighbors checking on neighbors, a new program is growing in cities to force neighborhood watches for power usage.
- Climate Data Compromised: Ya’ Reckon?
Anthony Watts works to find out how information for global warming records is gathered. Compromised climate data is what he's found. Laws have been created and entire industries have developed because climate data was compromised. This is just one ex
- How To: Make Soaps With Essential Oils
Essential oils naturally contain chemical compounds that can be harmful when present in huge amounts or combined with other chemicals.
Air Fresheners with Natural Fragrances
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