Parfum? It Smells Fishy


Posted June 25th, 2012 by Olga Kirnos with Comments Off on Parfum? It Smells Fishy

It smells fishy and for a good reason.

We are often educated about the various hazardous ingredients that are put into our daily consumable products, but even then there are so many “hidden” facts that companies manage to run right by us without us being aware.

One of these “sneaky” approaches, is the term “Parfum” or “Fragrance”. If you go to your bathroom and pick up any of your cosmetic products and look on the ingredients list on the back, you will most likely find the words “Parfum” or “Fragrance” towards the end of the ingredients list.

But what these terms really mean is this: “Parfum” or “Fragrance” are patented umbrella terms that represent a mixture of dozens of chemicals. Chemicals that the cosmetic companies don’t want and don’t have to declare to us, the consumers.

Amongst the thousands of chemicals hidden under the umbrella term “Fragrance”, most of them haven’t been tested properly, individually and in combination with other chemicals. Many of these chemicals can trigger side effects like allergies, allergies and asthma symptoms.

“Parfum” is the second most common cause of allergy in dermatology clinis and individual fregrance ingredients have also been associated with Cancer and neurotoxicity.

Phthalates are another dangerous hidden chemical found under “Parfum” and “Fragrance”. Phthalates have been listed as a Category 1 priority substance, based on evidence that they interferes with hormone function.


Here are two very insightful links for further reading:


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Posted in Health & Wellness Product Knowledge
Tags Cosmetic Chemicals cosmetic product cosmetics David Suzuki fragrance Ingredient list Parfum Phthalates Umbrella Term
Written by Olga Kirnos

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