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By Titi Gambit

Ok, so what do we perfume lovers do now? Because using perfume is more than just to smell nice, it is a way of life.

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So findings have revealed that there are MORE chemicals in perfume and cologne than in cigarette smoke. Like what?! Apparently, perfumes are not good for you because they are made of carcinogenic substances that make them hazardous to your health.

Here’s what has been happening:

Do you remember having a headache or sneezing badly, because of someone else’s perfume? Sometimes, we assume it is only because it the smell was concentrated, but the actual fact is that it happened because you’re inhaling potential toxins and harmful substances that are causing a reaction in your body, which is potentially just as bad as “second-hand smoke”!

Research has even shown that there are MORE chemicals in perfume and cologne than in cigarette smoke. And as a matter of fact, each puff of cigarette smoke has 250 chemicals while perfume and cologne can have up to 3000 different chemicals that make up a signature scent.

It is, however, important to state here that about 95 percent of the chemicals used in fragrances are synthetic, petroleum-based compounds.

And it’s normal for these chemicals to cause allergic reactions like sneezing, itchy watery eyes, wheezing and headaches.

Also fragrance can exacerbate asthma, environmental illness (EI) and migraines.

According to the findings of an investigation into fragrances, perfumes, and colognes by the Environmental Working Group (EWG):

  • 16 percent of the reviewed products contained ingredients that may cause cancer
  • 5 percent may contain harmful impurities linked to cancer or other health problem
  • 18 percent contained penetration enhancers that increase exposures to carcinogens and other ingredients of concern
  • 98 percent of products contained ingredients not assessed for safety in cosmetics or with insufficient data
  • 76 percent contained ingredients that are allergens
  • 13 percent of products posed other potential health concern.

Read also: How To Smell Nice Without Perfume

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