Do We Pollute Our Indoor Air with Synthetic Scents?
Talking to a cleaning service that used its own supplies, I asked if they use eco-friendly cleaning products. He told me they use P&G products and began to rant about why they disapproved of “natural” cleaning products. The same day, someone doing a survey tried luring me with an aerosol can of Glade air freshener.
To both those guys: I am not at all interested in using those products in my home.
When did the world become filled with so many polluting chemicals?
Here are some facts about synthetic scents you might be interested in knowing about:
Some people probably think synthetic scents were created in America; however, the first synthetic scent that began the trend was created in France by House of Guerlain in 1889, Chanel also has been creating and using extremely expensive, quality synthetic scents in their entire line of perfumes because they cause less allergies.
Despite that fact, maybe it’s more important to be aware that most scented products mass-produced in America or China are not using the fine synthetics used by Chanel and similar perfumeries, that cost $1200 or more a pound.
In the mid-20th century World War II era, American companies began producing cheaply made synthetic scents.
Synthetic scents manufactured in America are cheaply produced, and they now bombard our store shelves in our cleaning products, air freshener sprays, soaps, shampoos, colognes laundry products, hair products, and more.
Synthetic scents can cause physical health problems that are better off avoided, including rashes, breathing difficulties, headaches, anaphylactic seizures, and more. Because they are not a food or a drug, the FDA has no jurisdiction to regulate safety.
Recognizing the problem is real, The American Lung Association created a fragrance-free policy for schools, workplaces and hospitals.
It’s also true there are plenty of other sources of pollution in the air we breathe, especially indoors. While we can’t escape all dangers, we can reduce some of the risk by replacing as many synthetic scents with trustworthy and quality non-solvent and natural essential oils products.
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