Are You Scent-Aware?

"Many of our schools, office buildings, doctor’s offices and other public places have employed a fragrance-free policy"
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For centuries, men and women alike have been anointing themselves with scented oils and perfumes. There is evidence that perfumes existed even in the earliest of human civilizations. 

In the late nineteenth century, modern perfume compounding began with natural aromatics such as vanillin or coumarin.  It wasn’t until the twentieth century that the high demand for perfumes prompted the industry to start looking for cheaper alternatives, resulting in the introduction synthetic ingredients to these bottles of luxurious scent. 

A report by the Academy of Sciences points out that 95% of the chemicals used in fragrances today are synthetic compounds derived from petroleum.  Because the perfume industry isn’t regulated, some the same ingredients found in gasoline and tobacco can be found in many designer perfumes.  Some of these chemicals have been associated with central nervous system disorders, allergic reactions, and even cancer.  In fact, many of our schools, office buildings, doctor’s offices and other public places have employed a fragrance-free policy due to the myriad of side effects synthetic perfumes commonly cause, including headaches, migraines, and asthma.

Fortunately, more and more boutique shops are offering organic alternatives to mass-produced commercial perfumes.  You can also find many DIY perfume recipes online made from readily available safe ingredients.

By making more conscious choices, we can avoid making ourselves and others sick, and make it safer to “Share the Air”.

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