Fragrance oils. They smell nice and they are cheap. And they are also very bad for your health and for your skin.
Our skin is our body’s largest organ. It covers and protects everything inside our body. It holds our tissues, organs, bones and muscles together and keeps us alive by protecting us from damage, chemicals and pathogens. Skin also absorbs compounds from anything that touches it, air, water and body care products. When we use products with fragrance oils, harmful chemicals are absorbed through our skin and transported to various parts of our body where they can cause damage. And therein lies the danger.
No matter how good fragrance oil smells, it is an artificial product made in a laboratory from petrochemicals to mimic scents of plants, flowers, herbs, fruits and vegetables. National Academy of Sciences reports that as many as 95% of chemicals used in fragrance oil production are derived from petroleum and contain benzene derivatives, aldehydes and similar known toxins and synthetic compounds capable of causing:
- Birth defects
- Central nervous system disorders
- Allergic reactions
Being volatile, fragrance oils evaporate and settle on surface of hair, clothes, furniture and food. When they touch our skin, fragrance oils alter the skin’s surface tension and increase absorption of chemicals that lead to conditions such as:
- Skin allergies
- Skin irritations
- Increased photosensitivity
- Contact dermatitis
- Affect the brain and nervous system in temporary and permanent fashion
- Modify brain blood flow
- Alter blood pressure
- Alter pulse
- Affect mood
- Trigger migraine headaches
- Induce or worsen respiratory problems.
- Act as respiratory irritants
- Act as respiratory sensitizers
- Disrupt estrogen and testosterone hormones
The reason manufacturers like using fragrance oils is that it is a very cheap way to scent the products. And with over 99% of the bath and beauty products containing fragrance oils, they are hard to avoid.
There are choices though. Products with natural and organic essential oils, are a safe alternative that make skin beautiful and keep consumer safe through following benefits:
- Sourced naturally from plants, fruits, vegetables and herbs
- 100% Natural
- Great natural scent
- Superior skin care
- NON toxic
- Soothe inflammation
- Act as an antiseptic
- Help dull pain
- Stimulate digestion
- Promote relaxation
- Provide natural skin care
- Many more!
You can have beautiful and fragrant skin without compromising your health. Bath and beauty products with organic essential oils have a great scent and offer a safe and affordable skin care alternative.