Originally Posted by Sanzio
After reading this http://www.environmentalhealth.ca/fall97scents.html
Â*I really got concerned about wearing fragrances :-?... I really wish I could find a 100% natural fragrance, Â*just natural ingredients. Can you help me? I wonder if there is one, just one... :'(
I don't have all of the answers but do work with plants, food and herbs. Â*"Natural" is a meaningless term. Â*Poison ivy is natural. Â*You wouldn't put it on your skin. Â*Technically, "organic" means that it's carbon-based, which is the majority of natural substances in the world, but of course that's not what you meant either. Â*You meant a plant-derived fragrance, grown organically, as in grown and processed without toxic pesticides and fertilizers. Â*The field of organics is regulated differently in many countries, so you need to be aware of where things are grown and processed. Â*
That being said, you could easily have a sensitivity to a perfectly natural and organically grown substance, the same way that some people have common food allergies and others have seasonal allergies and hayfever. Â*We are all different and there's research being done worldwide about whether some people, of pure ethnic backgrounds, can safely digest certain foods and herbs (that their bodies have evolved to safely digest), while others from other ethnic backgrounds or races, might have sensitivities to those same plants which aren't native to the part of the world where they or their ancestors are from. Â*And since so many of us are now of mixed ancestry, this can be difficult to answer.
But back to fragrances. Â*There are companies that do sell organic essential oils; I'm sorry that I don't have any names offhand to offer. Â*But then again, you might have skin sensitivities to some of these oils anyway, so you should be aware of that possibility. Â*Also, there are many essential oils that just shouldn't be applied directly to your skin, but must be diluted in a carrier oil to be safe. Â*And there are some people, such as massage therapists, that use essential oils every day and have developed sensitivities to the oils normally considered benign, so moderation, as mentioned earlier here by someone else, is also important. Â*There are essential oils to avoid if you have certain health conditions, or are taking certain medications, or even if you're pregnant or nursing (for any women reading this). Â*
I don't know how (or if) fragrances are regulated in any way. Â*But there are organizations, such as the Environmental Working Group, that do report about certain ingredients used in cosmetics Â*Here's a link to their site:http://www.ewg.org/issues/siteindex/...p?issueid=5005
The skin is the largest organ of the human body and we definitely absorb so many toxins through the skin, but of course naturally ingest so many more in our foods, beverages and even water. Â* There's been some talk that self-tanning lotions might be carcinogenic, but I don't know if this has yet been proven by anyone. Â* I'd really advise reading research done by reputable groups, to ease your comfort about health concerns. Â*I think some European countries often have stricter health codes (but not always) than the FDA, so perhaps you might search some of their national health websites.
As for applying fragrances, why not just open a window when you do so, so that you're not directly breathing in any vapors? Â*That would at least reduce your respiratory intake of any possible substances you have concerns about. Â*Or just apply them outdoors, before getting dressed each morning. Â*I'm sure your neighbors might enjoy the free show. Â* Â*