Saturday, September 26, 2015

Cancer Risk from Perfume, Cologne, and other fragrances absorbed through skin

Store Bought “Synthetic” Perfumes
1. Alcohol Denat: Basically this is alcohol with a denaturant added to it to make it inedible. There are literally hundreds of methods of denaturing alcohol and if you are not aware of what chemicals are used to denature it, you might be playing with fire. If used as a solvent it may contain 5% or more methanol which is easily absorbed by the skin and highly toxic!
2. Parfum/Fragrance: Ok sounds pretty safe right? WRONG! While many perfumes do actually contain many natural essences, they are almost ALWAYS combined with artificial fragrance. Artificial fragrance very often contain neurotoxins (chemicals that affect the brain), Phthalates (chemicals that can affect development and fertility…very often not listed in the ingredients, but rather under the guise of “Fragrance”, and Synthetic musks (chemicals that may disrupt hormone production and studies have shown a negative impact on the environment as it is toxic to aquatic life)
3. Water: Well we all know that is totally harmless!
4. Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone: What the heck is that one? Basically this is a masking ingredient in fragrances. Is it toxic? Well it is considered a possible human immune system toxin and it is toxic for the environment. I’ll let you decide that one.
5. Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate: This is a nasty one. Basically this ingredient is used as a UV filter/absorber (for use to protect skin in sunscreens and also used to protect perfumes from sun damage). The dangers of this chemical should not be ignored. There is strong evidence this disrupts the human endocrine system (glands), also there have been cases of it causing photoallergies. Perhaps the scariest factor in this type of chemical is that it is suspected to accumulate in humans!! Meaning that if you wear a perfume with this ingredient every day it might very well stay and accumulate in your system! It also is toxic to the environment.
6. Methyl 2-Octynoate: Another masking chemical. This one is possibly toxic to the human immune system.
7. Butylphenyl Methylpropional: Most commonly used as yet another “fragrance” ingredient as it sports a strong floral-fresh odour. Surprise! Another possible human immune system toxin. This one also may cause dermatitis as an added bonus! Another chemical that can accumulate in our bodies, with concern of high levels of toxicity.
8. Benzyl Salicylate: Pretty much the same as the 7th ingredient, only this one has a sweet floral aroma yay…not!
9. Linalool: This is a terpene, which is an organic compound found in a variety of plants. Needless to say this is not an environmental toxin, however, it is something to be watched if you are extremely susceptible to eczema. When linalool is exposed to oxygen it breaks down, forming an oxidized by-product known to possibly irritate eczema sufferers.
10. Geraniol: Geraniol is a scent ingredient found in some essential oils such as rose and citronella. It can potentially be a human immune system toxin when used in large doses (even nature can be hazardous!) It is not, however, suspected to be accumulative.
11. Limonene: Another scent/solvent ingredient that naturally occurs in the rind of citrus fruits. Upon exposure to air and sunlight, limonene can degrade in various products; possibly causing skin and respiratory irritation.
12. Ethylhexyl Salicylate: This is most often used as another UV filter in fragrances. It is highly absorbed by the skin and there are serious concerns that it can cause immune disorders.
13. Benzophenone-3: Yet another UV filter. This one is easily absorbed through the skin in large amounts and is known to be a photoallergenic toxin, strong evidence of it being toxic to our endocrine system (glands), and even concerns of it causing developmental/reproductive problems. Perhaps most worrisome about this one is that is can interfere with cellular signaling, cause mutations, lead to cell death, and it may even be a factor in cardiovascular disease. Oh my…and I used to apply this to my skin on a daily basis. :(
14. Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane: I have tried to find reliable information on this ingredient and all I could find was that there was not enough scientific research done to safely validate its use in cosmetics.
15. Amyl Cinnamal: This ingredient is actually found naturally in some plants, however, most perfumers use a synthetic variety for cost reason as it resembles Jasmine in scent. Apparently they are not obligated to specify if they have used the natural version or the synthetic one.
16. Citronellol: Well thank goodness…an ingredient taken from natural sources. Citronellol is found in many plants. My concern with this is that it needs to be used under strict limitations as it is known to cause irritation and immune toxicity. Basically, if the product contains too much of this then it most definitely can produce allergy symptoms.
17. Benzyl Benzoate: This is used as a solvent as well as a preservative. Possible immune system toxin, environmental toxin, and skin irritant.
18. Farnesol: Used as a masking ingredient, as well as a soothing effect and solvent. Can cause skin irritations.
19. (seriously…19!) Eugenol: A naturally occurring scent found in clove oil. Used mostly as a fragrance ingredient. Overuse can cause a concern for human immune system toxicity.
20. Hydroxycitronellal: Another fragrance/masking ingredient. This is produced synthetically from citronellal.
21. Citral: A natural scent ingredient, but manufactured synthetically on large-scale. Another skin irritant and allergen.
22. Isoeugenol: A substitute phenol (harsh chemical). Used as a flavouring agent/masking. Known as a human immune system toxin.
23. Benzyl Alcohol: Both naturally occurring and synthetically produced substance. Used mostly as an external analgesic, masking, preservative, solvent, viscosity decreasing agent, oral health care drug. This is extremely scary as it is strongly acknowledged to be a human neurotoxin. It may be a toxin to our organ system (non-reproductive), and an allergen. Its use in cosmetics is recommended to be restricted…but oddly it is not?!
24. BHT: This is another scary one…brace yourself. It is used as a fragrance/masking ingredient. This one has shown evidence of cancerous tumours in animals at high doses. As if that was not enough to stop you in your tracks…it’s also an allergen, skin toxin, immune system toxin, endocrine disruption at high doses, and an organ system toxin at high doses. Wow…speechless…
25. Acrylates/Octylacrylamide Copolymer: Used as a film former, hair fixative. Could not quite find how that would be a necessary ingredient in perfumes…but yet it is there. Also could not find any other info about its affects on the human body either…except that it is banned in some countries. hmmm…
26. Hydrolyzed Jojoba Esters: Mostly used as an emulsifier. Derived by acid, enzymes or other methods of hydrolysis. Perhaps the least scary ingredient other than water on the list….yet it is dead last.
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