Yes, we should be avoid synthetic fragrances although they smell delightful. You’d be less likely to be impressed if you saw how synthetic fragrances were made. A single fragrance in any one of your personal care product may be consisting of more than 200 chemicals combined together for that one particular scent. The problem with this is that there is no way to know the chemicals involved in making that particular scent. All you will find is the word ‘fragrance’ on the ingredient list.
What are Synthetic Fragrances?
Synthetic fragrances are a mix of different chemicals which imitate a particularly desired scent. Laboratories across the world are constantly experimenting with new mixes of different chemicals to come up with a fragrance to arouse the right sensation. They know what they are doing! They want to find out how a touch of a certain combination of chemicals will make something smell more floral. The artificial fragrance in your personal care products are the pride of chemists. But for you these can cause skin irritation, rashes, headaches and dizziness.
Why Would Then Manufacturers Use Synthetic Fragrances?
Most businesses are looking for profits and synthetic fragrances come much cheaper than naturally produced scents. Deodorants, soaps, conditioners, shampoos, body washes, cleansers, moisturizers and even candles nowadays are artificially scented. These manufacturers are simply wanting you to feel that you are getting something luxurious, while in reality you are getting something which is potentially irritating. Moreover, since chemicals don’t easily breakdown, manufacturers create fragrances which are long lasting. Eventually, these remain on skin and clothing for a long time.
What Exactly Are ‘Synthetic Fragrances’?
Over 95% of chemicals which go into the making of synthetic fragrances are chemicals derived from petrochemicals. Some of these are benzene derivatives, phthalates, aldehydes and other toxins which are capable of causing cancer, nervous-system disorders, birth defects and allergies.
Hiding the Truth From Consumers
Manufacturers can legally hide hundreds of chemicals which go into the making of an artificial scent under one word ‘fragrance’. They do not reveal what those chemical ingredients are. This is referred to as a ‘trade secret’ within the synthetic fragrance industry. This practice was initiated when fragrance manufacturers lobbied to protect their secret formulas made from essential oils and flowers and this continues till date.
The Need to Avoid Synthetic Fragrances
Almost 75% of synthetic fragrances contain phthalates which are known to disrupt hormone activity. Phthalates also reduce sperm counts and cause reproductive malformation. Phthalates have been linked to obesity, diabetes, liver problems and breast cancer. Read the labels! While we make good food choices like eating organic, we fail to read labels on our bottles. Majority of personal care products for women, men and children contain ‘fragrance’ and these chemicals are absorbed through bloodstream through skin. It is therefore sensible to avoid all products including candles, air fresheners, baby lotions, colognes, perfumes and hair care products where artificial fragrance is an ingredient.
About Ristrah Hair Care Products
All Ristrah personal hair care products are 100% vegan and do not contain any artificial fragrances. These are formulated with the finest natural ingredients and where essential natural oils like lavender oil impart the delightful touch of smell to the product. Ristrah understands how harmful synthetic fragrances are to the human body and therefore makes it a point to stay away from them. All Ristrah products are free of parabens, phthalates, PEGs, sulfates, silicone, petrochemicals, alcohol and artificial fragrances.