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The Case Against Fragrance

The Case Against Fragrance

You might be used to being blown away by the 'ocean breeze' in the shower or be reminded of zesty lemons after washing your hands but did you know that companies do not need to disclose the ingredients that make up the fragrance?

Often manmade and including a ton of chemicals, fragrance and perfumes are known to be the primary cause of allergic reactions and dermatitis. 

They’re used to make us more attractive, to set a certain mood, and to mask natural odours but they could also be making us sick.

As many as one in three people experience symptoms including headaches, asthma and rashes due to a sensitivity to fragrances, based on research cited in The Case Against Fragrance by author Kate Grenville.

In addition, the problems caused by natural essential oils that are the basis of many fragrances have toxic effects that have only recently been recognised, including how the properties which enable scents to travel can stimulate immune reactions, according to Ian Musgrave, a senior lecturer in pharmacology at the University of Adelaide writing for The Conversation.

In a world where fragrances seem to be inescapable, is there a need for fragrances and natural essential oils that aren't that natural after all in our skincare?

We worry about pesticides being used on foods that we eat, but we should also be thinking about the number of unnecessary chemicals in fragrances found in the products that we apply to our skin.  

Read more in this article by Clare Pain writing for ABC