Today, my beauties, I bring you a lovely selection of non-toxic perfumes which won’t kill the mood with those nasty chemicals. I used to like buying all sorts of synthetic perfumes – you know those you’ve seen at the cosmetic counters. But now, the smell of just passing the perfume sections (where they annoyingly spritz those perfume and pass you those little paper with perfume sample on), I can’t help but have a lot of sniffles.Now I wouldn’t say I use perfume everyday. I’m more of a body moisturizer and then some body mist kind of girl. But on evenings or special occasions, I love to dab a little something behind the ears and on my wrist. Now that it has been years since I last put on a synthetic and popular perfume, I find that I have a nasty headache whenever I’m close to someone who just sprayed their whole body with one.’There’s a dirty little secret the fragrance industry would rather you not know about, however, which is the extreme toxicity of many of these products. Hidden behind their pleasant scents are typically chemicals linked to hormone disruption, reproductive problems, and even cancer.’ Mercola.comWhat is really in our perfume?I guess that was one of the first reasons and also my first chance upon this awareness of synthetic perfume and any other synthetically fragranced personal care product. Because it is loaded with nasties that have been linked to cancer, reproductive problem, sinus and many more. ‘When you see ‘fragrance’ on a personal care product’s label, read it as ‘hidden chemicals.’ A major loophole in FDA’s federal law lets manufacturers of products like shampoo, lotion, and body wash include nearly any ingredient in their products under the name ‘fragrance’ without actually listing the chemical. Companies that manufacture personal care products are required by law to list the ingredients they use, but fragrances and trade-secret formulas are exempt.’The Environmental Working Group (EWG)Synthetic Fragrances can cause the following reactions:+ Headaches+ Tight Chest+ Wheezing+ Diarrhea and Vomitting+ Airway Irritation+ Contact Dematitis+ AshtmaSo what does it mean for us consumers. This means when we purchase our synthetic fragrance perfume, it could contain any number of the 3,000 over stock chemical ingredients in the fragrance industry. It’s hard to believe it is legal and consumers are mostly unaware of this system. Lurking inside our skin care products, cosmetics which we use all so very often and other household products are things that we expose frequently to and may cause use to be very sick.Regulatory bodies don’t consider the risk to our health of cumulative exposure to multiple chemicals. The health impacts of these exposures are largely unstudied and unregulated.The long-term effects of synthetic fragrance are unquantifiable. What we do know is that more people are experiencing allergies and sensitivities than ever before.Have a look at all your labels and you’ll see it labelled as either ‘fragrance’ or ‘parfum’. Those words sound harmless enough В- but many aren’t. So see where is your limit and what is your ‘no-go’ point for fragrance. I’m not calling myself a purist cause I am not. I still like a nice scent and even when they have ‘fragrance’, I do get it but minimise my usage on it. But I don’t have many with fragrance ingredient in it. I try to avoid it as much as I can. If you’d like to go into details of the toxins in our fragrances and perfumes and what regulations are behind this, get informed by reading these articles here and here.Synthetic Fragrance is NOT only in perfumes… But in our skincare, body care, hair care and household products as well.I mean the question I ask next is – why do we need synthetic fragrance in our cosmetics and skin care? Well, I read that many does not serve any functional purposes but give a sense of indulgence or to cover up the nasty-smelling toxic ingredients. I’m not saying I’m all gung-ho on the very natural plant or flower extract too. I personally think that just because its natural, doesn’t mean it won’t react on your skin too.Sometimes how it smell on its own and how it react on your skin, and how it react after sweating (thats important!) is a different story altogether, no? Above all, the more we can minimise our exposure to potentially dangerous chemicals and toxins, the better. ‘The term ‘fragrance’ or ‘parfum’ on a cosmetic ingredients list usually represents a complex mixture of dozens of chemicals. Even products marketed as ‘fragrance-free’ or ‘unscented’ may in fact contain fragrance along with a masking agent that prevents the brain from perceiving odour. In addition to their use in cosmetics, fragrances are found in numerous other consumer products, notably laundry detergents and softeners and cleaning products.’ David SuzukiMy favourite place for my perfume purchases are The Naturally Better Company (they stock Acorelle, Tallulah Jane and more), Bud Cosmetics and Sifr Aromatics (their oils are just ftw!)I would like to try my hands on Lurk, HonorГ© Des PrГ©s Nu Green Verrine Eau de Toilette, and more Le Labo Fragrance. I’m not sure where you stand on the issue of syntethic fragrances but as always prevention is better than cure and why sought for the toxins when there are readily available products today. I wish there are more available in Singapore – those small batches of beautiful natural oils or distilled flower extracts – safe to use and nothing less than unique and luxurious to use.Do you know of any? Do share, please!