Making Scents: The Dirty Little Secret of Fragrance | Part 2

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What can you do? How can you minimize your exposure to fragrance chemicals?  

Product labels are confusing, but a few actions can help.  If you read the label on your product, and it lists “fragrance” or “parfum”, look for a scent alternative on the back label, like pure essential oils (derived from plants in nature).  See the “YES” list below.

natural fragrance, floral, clean scents, 100% natural, non-toxic scentsCertain floral scents advertised on the front of the bottle are always synthetic.  

These include: lilies, peonies, sweet pea, lily of the valley and lilacs. Strongly coconut scented sunscreens are made with synthetic fragrance chemicals. Amber is almost always synthetic.

Some helpful and clear indicators of artificial smells are strong fruit and berry smells, musk smells and anything that advertises the smell of clean laundry or an ocean breeze. 

clean laundry, fragrance-free, plants, minimal living

Laundry that is hung on a clothesline and dries in the sun has a lovely fresh smell; but it doesn’t come in a package.  

Labels are often misleading, and it can be confusing, but a few clear guidelines can help. On the front of the label, if you see any of the following claims, put the bottle down: Passionfruit, Lychee Nut, Coconut, Sugar, Mango, Banana, Pineapple (ALL tropical fruit), Freesia, Lily, Peony, Lilac, Lily of the Valley, Cherry, Raspberry, Blackberry, Strawberry, Bamboo, Green Tea, Orchid.  If the label claims fresh cut grass or fresh breeze put it down! If you see the word, “musk”, it is definitely synthetic.

Instead, look for the names of essential oils:  grapefruit, lemon, orange, tangerine, lime (all citrus oils are most likely natural), as are scents like tea tree, peppermint, eucalyptus, lavender, geranium, lemongrass, rosemary, ylang ylang.  

Another indicator of an imposter is if the cost of the product.  Jasmine, Vanilla and Rose are natural scents, but if the price is too low, then that is a clear indicator that these are synthetic versions.

clean living, natural lifestyle, non-toxic scents,Instead, fall in love again with the natural smells of trees, of fruit, and of food. Walk in the woods and breathe deeply. Wear natural or essential oil-based perfumes.  Essential oils are the healthy natural scents of plants. They are clean, steam-distilled aromatic oils from plants.  In your home split a vanilla bean and put it in your burner with a slice of lemon and a cinnamon stick. Not only does it smell beautiful, but your body will be healthier.  The good news is that woods, evergreens and spices are usually natural, as are notes like vetiver, patchouli and frankincense.

Below is a table to help find your way through the world of product labels.  


YES!

NO - Front Label

NO - Back Label

Tea Tree

Musk

Fragrance

Eucalyptus

Clean Laundry

Parfum

Peppermint

Fresh Breeze

Natural Flavour/Fragrance

Lavender

Green Tea

Cineole

Rosemary

Lychee

Acetone

Ylang Ylang

Passionfruit

Benzaldehyde

Cedar

Pineapple

Tonalide

Pine

Mango

Musc Ketones

Spruce

Pineapple

Ethyl Acetate

Fir

Coconut

Dichlormethane

Cinnamon

Banana

Methylene Chloride

Nutmeg

Sugar

Farnesol

Ginger

Blackberry

Benzyl Acetate

Coriander

Raspberry

Diethyl Pthalate

Basil

Strawberry

Pinene

Lemongrass

Blueberry

Terpinene

Orange

Bamboo

Benzyl Alcohol

Lime

Lilac

Limonene

Tangerine

Sweet Pea

Terpinene

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