Recently, someone found this blog by searching Google for:
If you can smell it you’re breathing it in
While I can’t really say why someone was doing that search, I felt that it was a very good point. For years, the fragrance industry has said that the only health issues that fragrances can possibly cause is contact dermatitis. They say it only touches the skin. It isn’t absorbed, it isn’t inhaled.
Logical thinking will tell you that this cannot be true. If you’re smelling something, then it at least got as far in as your nose, right? And even though it was claimed for years that something on the skin was not absorbed into the bloodstream, we now know that cannot be true. After all, that’s how the nicotine patch works. A patch treated with nicotine is applied to the skin and the nicotine is absorbed. Likewise the birth control patch. And the pain patches.
So, most definitely, if you can smell it you’re breathing it in. And it is getting into your bloodstream. Something to think about the next time you or someone else wants to use a fragrance.