You can't deny it, you want to smell good. So does your co-worker and the woman sitting next to you on the bus. Whether you prefer light floral notes, complex musky tones, or refreshing citrus scents, have you ever stopped to wonder what's in your favorite perfume?
It's a chemical cocktail made from any number of the fragrance industry's 3,100 stock chemicals.
MAKING SENSE OF SCENTS
In 2010, the Environmental Working Group did some extensive research and chemical analysis into what compounds make up the fragrances consumers are unknowingly spraying onto their bodies.
The EWG found a variety of chemicals that weren't listed on fragrance products, some of which are associated with hormone disruption as well as chemicals that have been known to accumulate in human tissue and have negative side effects.
Adding up all the unnecessary chemicals used in commercial soaps, shampoo, lotions, and fragrances is a daunting and nearly impossible task. Even scarier is how these chemicals could be impacting our health. But before you swear off fragrances, which is the easiest and most viable solution to resolving this dilemma, consider making your own fragrance or opting for all-natural products.