Do you know that our taste buds become more acute in tasting sugar in chocolate confectionery once becoming used to quality dark chocolate - in the same way only natural essential oils and scents heightens the senses around synthetic chemical based fragrances and aromas. For many people synthetic fragrances cause headaches and water eyes.
Fragrance chemicals may seem harmless, but they’re not.
Walking into a garden centre gift shop, high end bed linen shop that sells candles and diffusers or supermarket, the synthetic fragrances are so pungent and pervasive and anything but natural.
What's worse is that manufacturers are now adding them to even more everyday goods such as loo roll and tissues, aside from clothes washing products, cleaning products, scented candles and scent diffusers also contain synthetic chemical fragrances supposedly to make these items more appealing to consumers.
How do you know there is synthetic fragrance in a product? In the list of ingredients look for fragrance or parfum.
Further consumers are not made aware of the full ingredients. Manufacturers are allowed to list “fragrance” on a label as a blanket term for a variety of chemicals and compounds. Information on the individual chemicals used does not have to be divulged. In some high end candle manufacturers hide this fact by calling it a 'trade secret' or 'secret formula'. Therefore when you use these products on your skin or use them in your home you are exposing yourself to a host of chemicals, some of which may be toxic.
The overwhelming majority of synthetic fragrance chemicals are manufactured from petrochemicals. This means that they can include toxic substances such as phthalates and derivatives of benzene. Phthalates alone have been linked to hormone disruption, neurological problems, obesity, reproductive difficulties and certain cancers — and they’re just one of the many chemical types that can reside within the “fragrance” category.
But these chemicals are an insidious danger to health. Just think about the number of everyday products in a household releasing harmful chemicals in the air and when windows and doors remain shut they permeate the air to possibly ill effect on health.
Scented candles containing synthetics are everywhere - even ones that are made with soy wax or expensive, high end brands will add synthetic fragrance to increase the depth of fragrance. Make sure candles state 100% pure aromatherapy and do not include the term 'fragrance' on the list of ingredients.
If you have children - and children's skin is more sensitive and deserves gentle care then synthetic perfumed toiletries such as loo roll, tissues, cleaning products and shampoos etc. the list goes on are in the short term skin irritants and who really knows the extent of the damage they cause.
Do keep a close eye on ingredient lists. It might be stocked on the shelf of a reputable store but that doesn't mean we should buy it without question.