Perfume/Cologne Industry Exposed: No Sense In Wearing Chemical Scents

//Perfume/Cologne Industry Exposed: No Sense In Wearing Chemical Scents

Perfume/Cologne Industry Exposed: No Sense In Wearing Chemical Scents


There are so many undeniably convincing reasons to choose pure, natural, clean, organic body perfumes.  Here are just some of them.

The perfume industry has come under scrutiny in the last few years because of the many harmful synthetic chemicals used in perfume manufacturing.  Research has shown that many of these chemicals in perfumes are linked to serious health concerns.  For example, phthalates  are linked to:

early puberty in girls

reduced sperm count in men

reproductive defects in the developing male fetus (when the mother is exposed during pregnancy)

Phthalate metabolites are also associated with obesity and insulin resistance in men

Source: David Suzuki Foundation

The synthetic chemicals in perfumes are also associated with headaches, allergies, asthma, diabetes and migraines.

Perfume Industry Secrecy and Non-Disclosure

The perfume industry does not have to tell you what is in the product that they are selling.  They make use of an allowance in the law, which sanctions this non-disclosure, ostensibly to provide for protection of ‘trade secrets’.  The most that we know is that perfume companies are able to make use of any combination of approximately 3100 ingredients.  This number comes from the International Fragrance Association.  Some of these ingredients are actual plant extractions, but the majority of them are synthetic chemicals.  Some perfumes may disclose some ingredients, however, anytime that you see the words ‘fragrance or parfum’, that is the ‘catch all’ place where all of the secret chemical ingredients are hidden.


Results of Three Recent Studies

A 2003 study by Catherine N. Dorey, PhD. compiles results from dozens of scientific studies, in which the presence of numerous chemicals have been measured in human tissue, blood, hair, umbilical cord blood, breast milk, urine and placental tissue. The chemicals found include many different types of phthalates, artificial musks and many more.
In 2005, Greenpeace International commissioned an independent laboratory test of 36 different perfumes. The goal of the investigation was to find out how prevalent the use of phthalates and synthetic musk is in the perfume industry. All but one sample contained measurable levels of phthalates. According to the study, different types of synthetic musk were found in virtually all of the samples. Various synthetic musks are a concern because of their ability to disrupt endocrine systems and because they have been proven to bio-accumulate* in human fatty tissue, human breast milk, wildlife and the wider aquatic environment. *(Bio-accumulate – The accumulation of a substance, such as a toxic chemical, in various tissues of a living organism.)
In 2010, the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics commissioned an independent laboratory test on 17 perfume products. Here is a brief synopsis of the findings. Multiple Hormone Disruptors – “A total of 12 different hormone-disrupting chemicals were found in the tested products, with an average of four in each product.” ” Some of these potential hormone disruptors were listed on labels; others were undisclosed and were uncovered in product testing.” Multiple Sensitizers – “The products tested contained an average of 10 chemicals that are known to be sensitizers and can trigger allergic reactions, such as asthma, wheezing, headaches and contact dermatitis. All of these were listed on product labels.” Undisclosed Chemical Ingredients – “Laboratory tests revealed 38 secret chemicals in 17 name-brand products, with an average of 14 secret chemicals per product.”

Four More Reasons To Choose Pure, Clean, Natural Organic Perfumes And Colognes

An alarming fact to consider is that of the approximately 3100 ingredients that perfume companies use, very few of those ingredients have been assessed for safety.
Secondly, consumers have no way of knowing if the testing that has taken place was thorough or exhaustive. For example, they could test a chemical for dermal irritation and yet, neglect to test the same chemical for potential neurotoxicity to the human brain.
Thirdly, we have the means to test individual chemicals; however, researching what takes place when a human is exposed to multiple chemicals on a daily basis has not been done. “We have no tools for analysing the toxicity of the complex mixture to which we are exposed.”( Howard, 1997; Lang, 1995) “Most toxicology is performed on chemicals one at a time. We have difficulty comparing chemicals even in combinations of pairs.” (Axelrad et al., 2002 and 2003)
Finally this, “The realistic bottom line is that we are being exposed to tens of thousands of chemicals which simply didn’t exist on this planet until a few decades ago. When our grandparents were in their mothers’ wombs, they would not have been exposed to these novel chemicals.” C Vyvyan Howard MB. ChB. PhD. FRCPath. Developmental Toxico-Pathologist, as quoted from Chemical Legacy, Contamination of the Child. Dr. Howard goes on to advisethat the only effective course of action is reduction of exposure.

Smell FABULOUS With Pure, Clean, Organic Perfumes And Colognes

The perfume industry is a multi-billion dollar industry, which enjoys about 27.5 billion dollars in revenue globally.  The size of this industry may be a result of million dollar marketing campaigns, and/or the weight that celebrity endorsements seem to carry.


I would simply suggest that we just want to smell good.  When we are clean and fresh and smell good, we feel good, and even more confident.  The good news is that you can make choices that don’t compromise your health.  There are healthy alternatives available that smell incredible, and can elevate our daily life experiences naturally.

For example, perfumes and colognes blended with 100% pure naturally distilled essential oils have natural therapeutic properties.  For example, some oils are great to help with memory, others dispel tiredness, others are very energizing, some oils are relaxing and calming, and the list goes on.

We can empower ourselves by our actions.  We can reduce our body’s burden from exposure to harmful chemicals.  If you or someone that you know enjoys wearing perfume or cologne, then consider switching to pure, clean organic perfumes and colognes.

~The perfumes and colognes that receive the Natural Pure Body Care Highest Recommendation are ~

~The Petal Perfumes and Forest Colognes Collection from Living Libations~

They are ‘scentsational’ aromas created by Aromacologist, Nadine Artemis

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