I remember when I was in junior high and got my first bottle of cologne. I thought I was the man. I sprayed it everywhere: on my skin, my clothes and my hair. I wanted to make sure I smelled good that day at school. Little did I know that I was spraying harmful chemicals all over my body. For many, it’s no mystery that perfumes, colognes and fragrances are harmful. People can suffer from migraines and asthma or feel nauseated when someone walks in the room wearing perfume. This is due to the fact that nearly 95% of all fragrances are made from synthetic chemicals that can have damaging effects. If you experience any adverse reactions from a particular fragrance, discontinue use of it and refrain from being around people who wear that fragrance. The Environmental Working Group found some surprising results after conducting a study specifically on fragrances, colognes and perfumes. Here’s what they found:
- 16% of the products they reviewed contained ingredients that may cause cancer.
- 5% may contain harmful impurities linked to cancer or other health problems.
- 18% contained penetration enhancers that increase exposures to carcinogens and other ingredients of concern.
- 98% of products contained ingredients not assessed for safety in cosmetics or with insufficient data.
- 76% contained ingredients that are allergens.
- 13% of products posed other potential health concerns.