Friday, December 17, 2010
Should You Give Perfume for the Holidays?
Commercial perfumes (not essential oils and fragrances that come from the actual plant) contain all sorts of toxic chemicals, including formaldehyde. How sexy is that? They routinely contain hormone disrupters and chemicals which trigger asthma and migraines. But just because you may not seem to react to perfume by sneezing, wheezing, nausea, etc., that doesn't mean you aren't being affected. Perfumes can be responsible for muscle and joint pain, difficulty concentrating, depression, immune disorders, learning disabilities, and other symptoms one might not associate with fragrance.
Fragrance lurks in laundry detergents, fabric softeners, soaps, etc., but for now let's just focus on the most obvious offender. Have you ever shook someone's hand only to find that you can't get rid of their perfume or cologne smell? Or sat next to someone on a plane only to have a migraine by the time you've reached your destination? I believe if people knew how toxic and offensive most perfumes were, they'd at least switch to something more organic. There are a few organic perfume companies out there that have lovely non toxic perfumes in pretty bottles, check out A PERFUME ORGANIC or MIESSENCE for some wonderful options.
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