Seductively Sweet…but So Bad for You

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No, despite the title of this, our premiere blogpost, we aren’t talking about chocolates (which actually have some positive aspects to them besides the taste), nor are we talking about other edible confections. The topic today is synthetic fragrances—which you’ll never find in Nordic Beauty products. Synthetic fragrances may smell sweet, but they’re oh, so wicked in what they do to you.

Nordic Beauty products use only pure essential oils to confer that luscious aroma our products have. We don’t and never will use synthetic (artificial) fragrances. (Virtually every department store brand of skin care products contains synthetic fragrances. They are much less expensive than the real essential oils we use here at Nordic Beauty.)

At this point, if you aren’t already in the know, you may be wondering what all the noise is about synthetic fragrances. After all, they’ve been around for quite some time, and no government agency has banned them.

No, but we can think of a number of products that haven’t been banned, yet are arguably bad for you. And synthetic fragrances are high on the list.

By the way, if you’ve ever gotten dizzy or headache-y while walking down the fragrance department aisle in a department store, it was likely those same artificial fragrances that were the culprit. They not only confer a pleasant scent with not-so-pleasant side effects on skin care and other personal care products, they also provide the aroma for most big-name and lesser-known perfumes, colognes, and such.

So…what’s so bad about synthetic fragrances? Well, for starters, they dry your skin. And you certainly don’t want dry skin—no woman does. But that’s the least of it.

According to an article online on the Huffington Post, over 95 percent of the chemicals in synthetic fragrances are derived from—are you ready for this?—petrochemicals. So it’s kind of like rubbing gasoline into your skin. Not very appealing, is it?

And in a less-than fully-forthcoming attempt to keep this worrisome information from reaching consumers, manufacturers are legally permitted to lump them all under the catch-all term “fragrances” on the label and never specify “chemicals” or “petrochemicals” at all.

What are some of these chemicals? They include benzene derivatives, aldehydes, phthalates, parabens, and other toxins—and plenty of them—that are capable of causing cancer, birth defects, nervous-system disorders, and allergies.

Some of these toxic chemicals are even cited on the EPA’s hazardous waste list.

For now, let’s zero in on just one: phthalates (pronounce it “THAL-ates”). These insidious little suckers have, among their effects, disruption of hormone activity, reduction in sperm counts, and reproductive malformation. They also have been linked to liver cancer, breast cancer, diabetes, and obesity. Fetal exposure has been linked to autism, ADHD, and neurological disorders.

An article on ScientificAmerican.com titled “The Scent of Danger” makes the same points as regards the hidden hazards in products that contain synthetic fragrances. What’s more, it reports the Environmental Working Group as stating that some of these chemicals simply build up in human bodies.

Here at Nordic Beauty, we know that beauty is not only skin deep—and neither is the reach of what you put on your skin to make it beautiful. The ingredients in our products are all safe and benevolent. You don’t have to worry about petrochemicals making your skin dry and then leaching down farther into your body to leave harmful deposits and create damage. That will never happen with products from Nordic Beauty.

We want only what’s best for you…for your skin and for your overall health. So we never put synthetic fragrances in our products—or on your skin, or into your body. And that’s a promise!