Have you ever thought about what you're actually spraying onto yourself each day? What's in those beautiful bottles with all the promises?
I love perfumes and all things that smell nice, just as much as anyone. So I'm not suggesting you give them up. What I am suggesting however is to get curious about what's in them - and better yet, consider switching to chemical free versions.
Hear me out before you say 'but I love my favourite perfume!' We all know someone that gets a headache or skin reactions with fragrances but did you know perfumes contain pthalates which mimic the hormone oestrogen? Not sure about you but I don't fancy spritzing myself with chemicals each day that are endocrine disrupters.
Fragrance has been referred to as the 'new secondhand smoke' for a reason. Healthy hormones are said to be critical for metabolism, fertility, weight regulation, growth and much more. We don't want to be messing with them!
When we spritz ourselves daily, we're inhaling and absorbing these nasties. Let's not even thinking about the synthetic fragrances in our bathrooms, kitchens, laundry and body products! Got to start somewhere right? Perfume is a great place to get curious about what we're layering onto ourselves.
My favourite brands contain beautiful organic essential oils from plants rather than manufactured synthetic versions in many department store fragrance brands. Kinda like a banana milkshake with real banana rather than artificial flavouring right? Check out one of my favourite beauty stores for their gorgeous toxin free perfumes.
Skin Deep Cosmetics Database - www.ewg.org/skindeep
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Andrews, K & Bullen, J. Endocrine disrupting chemicals: is your home making you sick? ABC News, May 2017.