Report: Health Risks of Secret Chemicals in Perfumes
So you are gearing up to head to the mall this weekend to start your Christmas shopping and you decided to put a bottle of cologne or perfume in your loved ones stocking. You may want to read this warning first.
A new report, “Not So Sexy: The Health Risks of Secret Chemicals in Fragrance” demonstrates that the fragrances like perfume and cologne have an average of 10 sensitizing chemicals. These highly reactive chemicals are known to affect the body and can trigger allergic reactions, such as asthma, wheezing, headaches and contact dermatitis. The authors of the report explain that manufacturers were asked about some of the ingredients in the perfumes because they were not disclosed on the labels. There were some chemicals that were listed on the product labels, the manufacturer did make it seem like there were few ingredients involved. 12 of these chemicals are also known as hormone-disrupting chemicals, most of these chemicals mimic estrogen and disrupt thyroid function.
The analysis examined 38 secret chemicals – that’s how many unlabelled ingredients we found in 17 brand-name fragrances. The fragrances with the highest number of hidden chemicals were:
1. American Eagle Seventy Seven (24 hidden chemicals)
2. Coco Mademoiselle Chanel (18 hidden chemicals)
- 3. Britney Spears Curious (17 hidden chemicals)
The average number of hidden chemicals per product was 14. You may want to consider a more organic source of perfume for your loved one. There are many essential oils on the market that are completely natural and do not have any hidden ingredients or highly reactive chemical compounds. The ancient Egyptians and the Greeks used to uses natural vanilla extract for perfume. These make for great Christmas Gifts.
Courtesy of http://environmentaldefence.ca/
Dr Elias Markou, ND