synthetic fragrance

Are You Using These Toxic Laundry Products? What To Use Instead.

We've been programmed to associate a strong "clean" laundry scent with cleanliness. Let's dig intro the dirty truth about laundry. 

Laundry products like detergents, fabric softener and dryer sheets are full of carcinogens in the form of synthetic fragrance, optical brighteners and cleaning solutions.  Even worse, these chemicals are designed to stay in your clothes so they are sitting on your skin and you're breathing them in as you wear your freshly laundered garments. In case that doesn't persuade you to dump them, those chemicals also wind up back in our water systems and pollute our environment and wildlife. 

Luckily, Better For You laundry products are not expensive or hard to find! The EWG has a database full of healthier cleaning products that you can consult here. 

In lieu of fabric softeners and dryer sheets, try dryer balls! These babies are so cool. They are literally balls made out of wool that help to speed your drying time (and save energy!) and naturally soften your clothes. 

If you find that you're missing a scent in your laundry, feel free to add a few drops of your favorite pure essential oil to your dryer balls.I usually go for lemon or lime, but lavender is another popular option.  Keep in mind that clean doesn't need to smell like anything! 

Why You Should Use Natural Fragrances..And Ditch Synthetics

Synthetic Fragrance is my personal favorite (by favorite I mean most despised) bad guy ingredient. The scary truth? The US doesn't require that companies disclose the ingredients used to create a fragrance and just lets them get away with putting "fragrance" on the ingredient label. 

Fragrance is a catch-all term that can simply mean a big cocktail of toxic chemicals combined to create a single scent. The scariest part is many of those chemicals have never been tested for safety. Fragrance is known to cause allergies, skin and eye irritation, migraines, dizziness and trigger severe reactions in those that are chemically sensitive.

The good news is that I have a couple of fantastic natural fragrance options for you. In this video, I was lucky to team up with the creator of the natural perfume company Call Of The Vialed who shed some very interesting light on the dirty secrets behind synthetic fragrance and animal testing. Call of the Vialed perfumes are free of any synthetic ingredients and actually disclose far more on their ingredient labels than many other natural perfume company including several components of the essential oils and absolutes that are used in the blends, rather than just saying "essential oil blend" or "C02 Absolutes". I really admire their willingness for full transparency. 

None of these blends suit your fancy? I also recommend Lotus Wei and QET Botanicals perfume blends. To learn more about fragrance and other dirty cosmetic ingredients sign up for my free Clean Beauty Mini-Course down below or check out my full course Clean Beauty Academy.