In my quest to switch over to using only clean skin and body care it became clear that I needed to make the switch to natural fragrance. It’s shocking and disturbing once you realize how toxic fragrance can be. “Fragrance” is considered a trade secret therefore prohibits labeling transparency, so we can’t really know what toxic mix is in the product. The Federal Fair Packaging and Labeling Act exempts fragrance ingredients from the list needed to appear on labels. Pthlates, solvents, colorants, and petroleum are not what I am envisioning when spraying fragrance on my body. These chemicals can cause neurotoxicity, development and organ toxicity, skin, eye, and respiratory irritation, and hormone disruption.
Furthermore, fragrance can also cause hyper-pigmentation to appear on the skin. I first noticed this while analyzing my clients skin and noticing darker patches on the neck and chest areaS where perfume is often sprayed. I would ask if they sprayed perfume in these areas and the answer was almost always yes. When the sun hits fragrance it can react and create a mottled, blotchy appearance. So here is one of my skincare tips to help prevent this from happening to you: Spray perfume on your clothes vs. your skin thus preventing it from coming in direct contact with your skin and switch to a brand with clean ingredients.
Below are a few of my absolute favorite botanical fragrances: