Why I Threw Out an Entire Drawer of Perfume for the Sake of My Health

Non-Toxic Perfume

Hi my name is Becca and I am a recovering perfume addict 😮 No seriously, I used to have an ENTIRE drawer full of perfumes. I don’t even know how many Bath & Body Works body sprays I had, but you name the scent and it was probably in my drawer! I would spritz myself every single day. But then I started learning more about non-toxic products and researching ingredients. And when I learned that “fragrance” is one of the most harmful ingredients out there, it was a huge wake-up call and a big fat ADIÓS to my stash!

The Problem with “Fragrance”

Have you ever been around someone who wore way too much perfume, then you got a headache? Or nauseous? 🙋 That’s because perfumes are basically a chemical cocktail. The term “fragrance” is just an unregulated catch-all term and can be a combination of about 3,000 different chemicals which can be detrimental to our health.

I avoid fragrances like the plague because they are linked to:

  • Endocrine disruption – these chemicals can mimic hormones and therefore alter your hormone levels
  • Nervous system disorders like ADHD
  • Allergic reactions
  • Cancer, more specifically breast cancer because of the endocrine disruptors
  • Birth defects
  • Dizziness, brain fog, migraines, and nausea
  • Respiratory irritation

Fragrances are especially harmful to pregnant women, infants, and children because of how badly they can impact developing bodies. But I believe that everybody should avoid them.

You can learn more here.

Other than “fragrance” watch out for these terms on ingredient labels:

  • Aroma
  • Cologne
  • Eau de parfum
  • Eau de toilette
  • Parfum
  • Perfume
  • Phthalates
  • Musk

Other than perfumes, synthetic fragrances are in about 95% of hair care products out there like shampoos, conditioners, styling sprays, and more. The majority of people are breathing these in and putting them on their bodies every single day because of how prominent they are. These chemicals absorb right into your bloodstream. If you see any of the above on an ingredient label, avoid it.

My Fave Non-Toxic Perfumes

The good news is that you can still wear perfume! You just have to read the ingredients and buy ones that are non-toxic. I’ll help you out so you can skip the search 😉

I recommend Good Medicine Beauty Lab’s botanical perfumes. My personal favorite is the scent “Mojo” which has attars of rose, sandalwood, cinnamon, and clove bud. It smells SO good!

Good Medicine Beauty Lab Botanical Perfumes
Photo credit: Good Medicine Beauty Lab

I can totally stand behind this company and their perfumes because they:

  • Are a women-led, family-owned company
  • Never test on animals
  • Use locally sourced ingredients
  • Are handcrafted in small batches
  • Offer mini sizes so you can try before you buy full size
  • Use custom blended 100% pure essential oils and attars in artisan alcohol
  • Never use synthetics

You definitely don’t need to go and throw out perfumes like I did, but it’s so important that you know what these ingredients really mean and how they affect your health. And now going forward you are more informed!

Also check out my blog post: 5 Essential Tips for Finding *Truly* Natural Perfumes

Let me know in the comments if you’ve tried any of these, and if you have, what’s your favorite scent?


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6 comments on “Why I Threw Out an Entire Drawer of Perfume for the Sake of My Health”

  1. Love this. Finding 100% natural perfumes is so hard. There are a lot of brands out there that claim to be “natural” or “organic” but what they mean is they either include *some* real ingredients or they avoid the worst toxins like phthalates and parabens. Actually, in case this is helpful for anyone, this year I opened a store online dedicated to solving exactly this problem. We carry exclusively 100% natural perfumes from some of the finest natural perfumeries around the world (at potionnaturals.com). I started this so people like my mom with chronic illnesses could still enjoy beautiful, luxury perfumes without feeling sick. The feedback has been amazing so far, and it’s so exciting to see natural perfumery become more popular. Here’s to hoping more people learn about it and make the switch!

  2. You have mentioned the perfect problems with “fragrance”. And that too in a very simple language. And this line: ” These chemicals absorb right into your bloodstream.” I didn’t knew it. I thought it is only affecting respiratory system. Thanks for this new information.

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