Last week I walked into a lovely little shop that smelled great. Truly, it smelled heavenly. I wasn't there more than 15 minutes when I began to feel dizzy, light headed, needed to sneeze and had the beginnings of a headache that persisted for more than 2 days. Just being in the same room as one of the synthetic scents sent me into a downward spiral of allergies and that is why I’m writing this today.
Everyone likes walking into a room that smells good. But your nose won’t tell you that fresh smelling fragrance is really harming your health. Today’s modern fragrances are nothing like the essential essences distilled from plants and flowers. People are enamored with fragrance, and while our quest to have an environment that smells lovely continues, few know the dangers associated with synthetic fragrances. There are at least 4000 different chemical used by the fragrance industry today, and many haven’t been tested for safety. A single fragrance can contain between 200-600 separate chemical ingredients. Fragrance sensitivity in the workplace and at home is on the rise. It’s no wonder considering most synthetic fragrances are derived from petrochemicals which give off volatile organic compounds (vocs). These compounds are linked to a myriad of allergic reactions including; eye, nose and throat irritations, headaches, dizziness, nausea, rashes, damage the liver, kidneys and central nervous system. There have been links between synthetic fragrances and auto-immune diseases such as fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. Not to mention it’s one of the leading causes of contact dermatitis when used in body products.
We use no synthetic fragrances in our products because we know how harmful they are for our family, our customers, and our planet. Now we've introduced a few products that will help to freshen our homes naturally. Essential Mists that not only smell great but have beneficial properties from the essential oils in them and are safe enough to use a body or linen spray, Carpet Freshener that is completely natural so we can have peace of mind when our children play on the floor, Wool Dryer Balls that keep the static and wrinkles down while not contaminating the fabric we place on our skin with chemicals. Let’s not persist in “freshening” our environment with chemically produced, synthetic fragrances. There are natural options that are so much better.