Do Unto Others…

Yes, the Golden Rule applies here: “Do unto others as you would have others do unto you.”

If you had an allergy or other condition that was worsened in the presence of some substance, you would want to avoid it. And it should be reasonable to ask friends, family and co-workers to help by not using it in your presence. Yet it seems that when it comes to fragrance, the Golden Rule goes out the window. Honestly, I’ve had friends, family and co-workers that thought that I just didn’t *like* fragrance. So it was really OK to wear them in my presence. Which is baffling. People so often equate an allergy with dislike, which isn’t what it’s about. If it were something I just didn’t like, I would endure it. But there are serious health issues for those sensitive to perfume.

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If you can smell it you’re breathing it in

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.

The Dirty Dozen

I recent ran across this article: The Dirty Dozen Chemicals in Cosmetics.

In the article, Catherine Zandonella, lists 12 chemicals you should avoid in cosmetics:

  1. Antibacterials
  2. Coal Tar
  3. Diethanolamine (DEA)
  4. 1,4-Dioxane
  5. Formaldehyde
  6. Fragrance
  7. Lead and Mercury
  8. Nanoparticles
  9. Parabens
  10. Petroleum Distillates
  11. P-Phenylenediamine
  12. Hydroquinone

It’s scary to think that some of the items in the list are actually in our cosmetics. But, they are. And many of them will have a worse effect on growing babies and children. It pays to read your labels.

Do You Know What You're Breathing?