But there is some hopeful news…

Federal regulations allow the use of the word “fragrance” on thousands of cosmetics, perfumes, personal care, and household products. The problem is these fragrances are made from hundreds of synthetic chemicals, many of which are toxic, and have been linked to numerous health problems.

The word “fragrance” hides a lot of hidden chemicals. Some are hormone disrupters that unbalance your hormones. Fragrance formulas are considered to be among the top five known allergens, and are known to trigger asthma attacks. Wearing perfume not only poisons you, but it harms all the people around you. Dryer sheets, cleaning products, perfumes, scented candles, and even air fresheners all contain numerous hidden toxic chemicals. Some of these chemicals have been linked to cancer and sperm damage.

The good news is that industry giant Unilever has announced that they plan to list the actual ingredients of the fragrances used in their products. The target date for updating all their labels is the end of 2018. This is a very positive development and Unilever should be commended doing something that should have been done a long time ago. Other manufacturers may follow their lead.

Unfortunately, while labeling is good, most people will still not know the significance of the presence of one chemical or another, or of the effects of thousands of combinations of these chemicals. The best preventive health policy is to avoid products that contain fragrances. Buy fragrance-free products. Unless fragrances are made from natural materials like seeds, fruits, herbs, and flowers, you can be sure they contain toxic, synthetic chemicals that will do you harm.