Fragrance

You might think that finding out what’s in your perfume would be as easy as reading the ingredient label. But because of laws that protect fragrance manufacturers from sharing “trade secrets,” almost every perfume sold commercially is crammed with chemicals that aren’t listed individually on the product packaging. Instead, these chemicals are simply covered by the word “fragrance” an ingredient category that really could mean anything. Many ingredients included in perfume aren’t disclosed to the buyer, so there are some concerns over the chemical reactions perfume can trigger in your body. Exposure to topical fragrances can trigger allergies, skin sensitivities, and cause harm over time. Here's some best practices when it comes to perfume to keep you safe yet still able to use favorite perfumes!
Why be Cautious 
If you’ve noticed redness, itching, or irritation when you’re exposed to a certain fragrance, you probably have a sensitivity to it. But you may not have the best luck finding out what that ingredient is. Ever since I was little I loved going to Bath & Body Works and picking out my favorite scents. There was something so exciting about picking which fun scent I wanted to smell like each day. However, that excitement was short lived when I would more often than not, breakout in Eczema or hives after spritzing myself. Sometimes a perfume on you or someone you’re physically close to can cause an allergic reaction. This allergic reaction will usually go away on it's own once you stop using the irritating product. So incase you're wondering why your skin feels extra scaly, dry and irritated every time you use a certain perfume it's probably an allergic reaction. Try switching it out for a different perfume and see if that reaction stops.
How to Safely Use Perfume
  • Never apply directly onto your skin - 
Not only can perfume be toxic and cause skin allergies, it also ages you! This is why you should always spray perfume on your clothes and not on your skin. 
  • Always spray in a well ventilated area -
It's no secret that many people over do it when it comes to spritzing themselves with perfume. The rule of thumb for a safe amount of perfume is that no one more than an arm's length away from you should be able to smell you. You should also only apply perfume outside or at least make sure to keep your home well ventilated. I like to bring my perfumes in my purse or car and spray my clothes while all the windows are down. 
  • Go all Natural - 
You could make it easy on yourself by buying natural, non toxic perfume from reputable brands. Of course, be aware that just because something is ‘natural’ doesn’t mean it’s allergy-proof! But at least you’ll be able to breathe easy knowing that you aren’t spraying a cocktail of unknown, untested chemicals on your body every day.