If the ingredient is vague...it is more than likely hiding something. “Fragrance” can actually be a cocktail of chemicals and you’d never know it. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) doesn’t require companies to disclose the breakdown of a fragrance’s ingredients to consumers because the chemicals that produce fragrance are considered “trade secrets.” Most of the time, synthetic chemicals and cancer-causing toxins (like phthalates, commonly used to make fragrances last longer) are shielded under this overused sneaky term. Constant exposure to fragrances has been shown to negatively impact the part of the nervous system that consists in the brain and spinal cord and subsequently coordinates the activity of the entire nervous system. It may also trigger allergies, migraines and asthma symptoms (1).
ok, so WHAT is fragrance? “The fragrance mixture itself can be comprised of dozens, even hundreds, of individual chemicals, and those don’t have to be listed on the label,” Jane Houlihan, co-author of the report and EWG senior vice president for research, told webMD (2). More than 95 percent of the chemicals in synthetic fragrances are derived from petrochemicals. These chemicals include: benzene derivatives, aldehydes, phthalates, and a slew of other known toxins that are capable of causing cancer, birth defects, nervous-system disorders and allergies—some of which are cited on the EPA’s hazardous waste list.
Due to the many debilitating symptoms these fragrances can trigger some companies have been led to enforce a fragrance free workplace policy under the Americans with Disabilities Act (3).
“How did we get here?”, I often find myself pondering. But I soon reason time is better spent being the change that you want to see...
www.TribalMama.com discloses EVERY ingredient in our handmade products (4). We have nothing to hide. In fact, our ingredients are the spotlight of our product. And, “It is written, that we have been given every herb bearing seed upon the earth and he that is wise shall not abhor them. The fruit shall be for meat and the leaf for medicine". www.TribalMama.com was birthed from harnessing the blessings already bestowed upon us. Ditch the fragrance(s) and experience the many benefits of natural, nourishing ingredients.
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