3000 Reasons to Avoid Fragrance

 Today is Fragrance Day.

This is the 1st paragraph in the description of Fragrance Day:

Don’t put up a stink about today. Today is Fragrance Day. It is a great smelling day. The olfactory nerves in your nose, will enjoy this special day. Ladies in particular, will enjoy today because they just love perfumes. And guys, you’ve gotta admit that your gal’s perfume attracts you to her.

Ok, so here is my beef with this, I get horid migraines from perfume.  I have had to move seats in theaters and even on airplanes.  I have had to talk with fellow employees.  I don’t get to shop at places like Bath & Body Works.  It truly feels like something is attacking my brain when I am around someone who has on a lot of perfume.  And you know what?  I am not in the minority here, workplaces are dealing with the legalities of this, and I talk to people all the time dealing with the same issue.

Fragrances are also dangerous.

Did you know that perfumes have been linked to cancer, asthma, kidney damage and more?  Secret chemicals not listed individually on the label can be lumped together in the generic category of fragrance.  This category of fragrance can be made up of 3000+ secret chemicals.  According to the National Academy of Science, approximately 95% of chemicals used in synthetic fragrances are derived from petroleum (crude oil).  These include benzene derivatives (carcinogenic), aldehydes, toluene and many other toxic chemicals linked to cancer, birth defects, central nervous system disorders and allergic reactions.

How can they get away with that, you ask (I know that was my question)?  It has to do with a loophole in the Federal Fair Packaging and Labeling Act of 1973, which requires companies to list cosmetics ingredients in the product labels but exempts fragrance.

The 2nd paragraph in the description for Fragrance Day reads:

Perfumes have been in use for hundreds of years. In ancient times, they were used to hide body odors. At the time, baths were infrequent. After a few days, things began to smell less than ideal. Perfumes played an important role in making the atmosphere more palatable. Today, the daily shower eliminates the bad odors. But, we still like the smell and attraction of perfume. 

This is true, we have been wearing and love perfumes for hundreds of years.  So how can we do so and not ruin our health, and still allow others to enjoy our company?  Check to see if you have a natural perfume store in your area, or check out this link for stores you can order from.

If you absolutely can’t give up your perfume, just remember there are many others who have real health issues with it and put on just a little, this is actually much sexier anyways, think about when that special someone comes in for a kiss and they get this special scent of “you”, as described here in the last paragraph from the description for Fragrance Day:

Celebrate today by buying some perfume or cologne for yourself, or  as a gift for someone. Make sure to put on just the right amount of perfume or cologne. Overpowering perfume ruins the value of the fragrance to the “sniffer”.

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