‘Flavour and Fragrance Journal’, a peer reviewed publication, in 2002 published a study on fragrances, its summary was startling!! “In spite of widespread use and exposure, there is little information available on the materials used in fragrance. Fragrance formulas are considered trade secrets. Fragrances are increasingly cited as triggers in health conditions such as asthma, allergies and migraine headaches.
In addition, some fragrance materials have been found to accumulate in adipose tissue and are present in breast milk. Other materials are suspected of being hormone disruptors. "The implications are not fully known as there has been little evaluation of systematic effects.”
What is known since this publication is that the following common fragrances have health implications!
Isoeugenol, a chemical with an attractive sweet, spicy odour is in most perfumes. Allyl isovalerate has a pleasant cherry or apple smell used in many fragranced skincare products. Estragole, a chemical with an aniseed smell, is a popular fragrance in skin care products, and Synthetic Coumarin has a pleasant new mowed lawn smell, used extensively in aftershave; ... they are all carcinogenic!
The good news is that essential oils, which are naturally derived from plants, do not have the same health issues and for many people with severe reactions to “synthetic” fragrances, they easily tolerate and enjoy essential oils.
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