Tip #30: Choose Your Scent Wisely
It is so important to maintain our home and body by cleaning and protecting it. We discovered the importance of reading labels in Tip #26. One of the ingredients listed in the majority of household cleaners, personal care products is “fragrances”. Today let’s discover why it is so important to choose our scent wisely when it comes to fragrances.
Body sprays, perfumes, and colognes are a part of today’s daily routines. They are chemical masterpieces that many people spend high dollars on each and every year to “smell good”.
Perfume is not new, it has been around for thousands of years.
- The Egyptians were known for their use of perfume. They utilized scents in everything from religious ceremonies to burial preparations and even daily wear. The rich elites of Egyptian society, would adorn themselves with aromas to denote their status.
- The Persians took over the use of perfume as a sign of political status.
- Greeks and Romans became acquainted with it and began to view it as a form of art.
Archaeologists recently uncovered a perfume factory from 2,000 BC, located in Cyprus, which seemed to have specialized in the production of scents like coriander, laurel, myrtle, lavender, and rosemary. Perfume slowly spread throughout the globe. What were these scents made from? Plants, flowers, and other botanicals. They were not synthetically derived in a lab for mass production.
When did perfume change?
In 1190, perfume began to be produced commercially in Paris, and from there, it blossomed into a massive industry. However, it wasn’t until 1889 in Paris that the first modern perfume was created: Jicky. This perfume used many essential oils like lavender in its creation, but it was the first to use a synthetic. Synthetic vanillin, which was cheaper, sweeter and creamier than the natural alternative. It contained-terpene alcohol β-linalool, coumarin and ethyl vanillin. Although the process wasn’t perfect, the impurities of the synthetic extract added to the complexity of the scent. It started a whole new era in perfume.
Fragrances today are mixtures of various chemicals that produce a desired scent. Labs across the country are constantly experimenting with new mixtures of various chemicals to come up with just the right sensation. Chemists know what they’re doing. How a touch of this chemical will make something smell a little more floral, while a touch of that one will make it smell a little more clean. The fragrances in your products are chemical masterpieces synthetically made in a lab for you. What they don’t tell you is how they can potentially cause skin irritation, headaches, dizziness, and rashes.
Dangers of Perfume
A 1986 report by the National Academy of Sciences noted that 95 percent of chemicals used in synthetic fragrances are derived from petroleum (yep, crude oil) and include benzene derivatives (carcinogenic), aldehydes, toluene, and many other known toxic chemicals linked to cancer, birth defects, central nervous system disorders and allergic reactions as we discussed in Tip #26. A 2001 study by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) found that synthetic fragrances were often shown to contain hormone disruptors linked to abnormal cell reproduction as we discovered in Tip #28.
Though everything changed in the perfume industry back in 1889 with the use of synthetic chemicals, we need to remember that for thousands of years people used perfumes created naturally from essential oils, carrier oils, musks from animals and other naturally derived ingredients. We do not have to use synthetic chemicals to “smell good”.
Making your own perfume, body spray or cologne is simple with the use of essential oils. Young Living essential oils are all natural botanicals steam distilled or cold pressed with no added synthetic chemicals. You can simply use your favorite essential oil as your perfume several times a day or you can make up a perfume with several essential oils in a carrier oil or 100 proof vodka.
Another popular way today is to make a body spray using water and essential oils of your choice and spray it on your body and clothing.
Not only are essential oils much better for you health wise, you can choose different fragrances for different occasions and the cost is minimal.
Putting It All Together
Fragrances have been around forever, like many of the other toxins in our world synthetic fragrances are rather new. Living a proactive lifestyle means choosing your scents wisely, whether you are buying scented laundry detergent or choosing your favorite perfume, scents affect your body in many ways. Reducing the toxic load in your home and your body will help you and your family live a healthier life.
Taking the time to follow the 31 Tips: Living a Proactive Lifestyle will help you make little changes like choosing a new favorite fragrance. It does not have to be a difficult process. Our family and thousands of other Got-Oils? families chose Young Living Essential Oils products with natural scents to freshen our homes and our bodies.
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Shawna Cale, Got-Oils? Administrator
I am a M.O.M: Mom on a Mission to help educate and empower other mom’s to build healthy homes and bodies, and have the energy to do the things they enjoy with their families.