Now that the holidays are upon us, there are LOTS of commercials on for holiday fragrances…. I’m not going to mention any names, but most of these fragrances feature big name Hollywood stars, sexy scenes, and beautiful bottles.
However, many of these products contain potentially hazardous ingredients. Take a look at any package and you’ll find a long list of ingredients – many that you may not even be able to pronounce.
Check out this list of ingredients before you drop a lot of cash on a potentially harmful product:
- Alcohol (denatured) – Basically this is a form of alcohol with additives that make it taste badly. The alcohol is not the bad part – it’s the ingredients that denature the alcohol that make it bad. Like alcohol, it’s linked to organ system toxicity. But additionally, it’s never a good idea to put alcohol on your skin. While it’s an excellent cleaner, alcohol dries out the skin.
- BHT – while BHT keeps free radicals in check, it is an extremely dangerous ingredient. In fact, it’s been banned from many foods. It’s known to be toxic to the immune system, a carcinogen, dangerous to reproductive organs, and irritating to the skin! Seriously – I urge you to avoid BHT in foods, cosmetics, and fragrances.
- Butylphenyl Methylpropional: is a “synthetic scent ingredient; associated with allergies and contact dermatitis” (EWG). It’s banned by the EU and restricted in many uses. It is linked with organ system toxicity and endocrine disruption. YIKES! That’s serious complications for your body!
- Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate: is often used in sunscreens and is a skin absorbing enhancer… it’s linked to cellular disruption, endocrine disruption, amongst quite a long list of side effects. Plus it builds up in your system over time!
- Benzyl Salicylate: is a particularly hazardous ingredient – there are serious health concerns about allergies and immunotoxicity. If you’ve got sensitive skin: stay away!
- Benzyl Alcohol: is a preservative linked to contact dermatitis and is dangerous to your body’s organs.
- Benzyl Benzoate – is a preservative that has been associated with allergies and contact dermatitis.