According to the Environmental Health Coalition, "Second-hand fragrances are invisible, but are toxic just like second-hand smoke." Since, unlike adults, children have a very limited ability to detoxify chemicals, they are even more likely to suffer from consequences of exposure to the neurotoxins found in all synthetic
The Coalition warns, "Constant low-level exposure to neurotoxins can lead to progressive and permanent brain damage." Is scenting our homes, bodies, clothing and hair with chemicals really worth impairing our children's development?
In a word... "Fragrance"
The Government allows the word "fragrance" on a product label to be a safe haven for any chemical a manufacturer chooses to use. There are trade-secret laws that keep toxicity testing of ingredients from being disclosed.
95% of chemicals used in fragrances are synthetic compounds derived from petroleum. They include benzene derivatives, aldehydes and many other known toxins and sensitizers – capable of causing cancer, birth defects, central nervous system disorders and allergic reactions.
A single fragrance can contain from ten to several hundred chemicals.
The constantly vaporizing chemicals are neurotoxins, skin, eye and respiratory irritants, and can cause other systemic effects.
Chemicals that are known hormone disrupters, such as phthalates, are also in nearly all fragrances. They are associated with thyroid and reproductive disorders including premature breast development and birth defects.
Did you know?
+ 20-30% of people experience notable health problems when exposed to fragrances, but 100% of people suffer the silent health issues of toxic exposure.
+ Even if you don’t use fragrances, you inhale and absorb other people’s fragrances, just like second-hand smoke. Skin, hair and clothing absorb fragrance vapor from the air and by direct contact. You are exposed to toxic fragrance chemicals without your consent.
+ Your skin, the largest organ of your body, directly absorbs fragrance chemicals that are applied to it.
+ Clothing and bedding washed and dried with fragrances provide constant contact with chemicals that are absorbed by your skin AND inhaled as vapors... doubly harmful, especially for children's skin.
This video from the Environmental Working Group summarizes the health issues caused by fragrances
Think about your day...
How many of these scented products are in your child's environment?
Fabric softeners, laundry detergent, bleach, bar and liquid soap, dishwashing detergent, cleaning products - glass, wood, stainless, floor, etc.. room and car air fresheners/deodorizers, perfume, cologne, deodorants, hand and body lotion, makeup, hair products, disinfectant spray, nail enamel and remover, shaving cream, after shave, kitty litter, candles, scratch and sniff books, dolls, toys, advertising materials, markers, foods, etc...
Need some ideas on transfer buying?
Your team can help.
There is a bunch of good information on our private team pages on Facebook. If you're not in there, and a member,ask your enroller or sponsor to add you.
Not a member but curious about removing those toxins from your home?
We have multiple opportunities to learn more and a class coming up in January about "transfer buying and removing toxins in the home."
Do a little bit at a time until your home is toxin free. Thieves Household Cleaner is a great way to start.