As reported by National Academy of Sciences, up to 95% of chemicals found in synthetic fragrances are obtained from petroleum. They include toluene, aldehydes, and other toxic chemicasl which are associated with cancer, allergic reactions, central nervous system disorders, and birth defects. Sadly, these toxic ingredients keep turning up in products we use daily, including shampoos lotions, cleaning products, and laundry detergents. The worst part is that these synthetic ingredients are typically labeled as “fragrance”, despite the fact that they are nothing more but endocrine disruptors.
Synthetic scents, also known as fragrance, are a combination of allergens, neurotoxic chemicals, carcinogens, environmental toxicants, endocrine disruptors, and respiratory irritants. These ingredients are found in different body care products as well as laundry detergents, cleaning products, and air fresheners. Hair products are particularly problematic, according to the Campaign for Safer Cosmetics. Up to 95% of shampoos, styling products, and conditioners contain synthetic scents as an ingredient. Generally, there are about 3,000 ingredients that could be used to create a product`s scent.
As unbelievable as it seems, the FDA doesn’t require fragrance makers to reveal what they are exactly using to scent their products.
According to a 2016 study published by chemical researcher Anne Steinemann, PhD, up to 50% of the population prefer fragrance-free workplaces, hotels, and airplanes.