Possible Autoimmune Reactions to Perfume (+ What I Use!)

After doing a bit of research, I’ve recently discovered some pretty worrisome facts about the dangers of perfume. In fact, it’s caused enough concern within me to make a complete and total switch (I’ll discuss at the end what I now use).

I’ve pretty much always known that perfumes contain a myriad of fragrances and chemicals. In fact, I wrote an article here that discusses multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS) and how body care products inhibit optimal thyroid health. But what I’ve recently learned is that, “the average fragrance product tested contained 14 secret chemicals not listed on the label.” (1)

The chemical exposure from perfume is even worse than we think!

Katie Wells of Wellness Mama writes, “Unfortunately, modern perfume is increasingly full of chemicals. Because of a loophole in the Federal Fair Packaging and Labeling Act of 1973 (which requires companies label the ingredients in their products, except for fragrance) companies can pour unsafe or untested chemicals into products and consumers have no way of knowing about it.” (2)

Of course, everyone appreciates a good scent but it shouldn’t be something that costs us our health. According to MultipleChemicalSensitivity.org, the following is a list of possible symptoms caused by the chemicals included in things like fragrances (and other scented personal care products). (3)

Possible autoimmune reactions to “every day” chemicals…

  • burning, stinging eyes
  • wheezing, breathlessness nausea
  • extreme fatigue/lethargy
  • headache/migraine/vertigo/dizziness
  • poor memory & concentration
  • runny nose (rhinitis)
  • sore throat, cough
  • sinus problems
  • skin rashes and/or itching skin
  • sensitivity to light & noise
  • sleeping problems
  • digestive upset
  • muscle & joint pain.

Having an already inflamed autoimmune system can cause these symptoms to worsen, overlap and become nearly indistinguishable from a diagnosed disease. Where does my hypothyroidism and adrenal fatigue end and reactions to chemicals begin? How much worse are my illnesses because of “every day” chemical exposure?

One of the symptoms I experience the most is headache and dizziness.

Knowing this, you’d think I would have taken a closer look at my perfumes sooner. 

So what about you? How do you think perfumes are affecting your health? Check out this video…


The good news is there ARE perfume products that are completely safe to use! The EWG now has several verified brands including Paul Penders Eau de Perfume, Henry Rose and Qet Botanicals.

*If you’re unfamiliar on The Environmental Working Group’s mission, check out my post here.

While I have not yet purchased those brands, I now use Nature’s Truth Topical Mist Spray (Peppermint and Lavender).

The ingredients found in the Peppermint variety (my personal favorite) are Water, Peppermint Oil (Mentha Piperita) and Coconut Oil and the ingredients found in the Lavender variety (my second favorite) are Water, Lavender Oil (Lavandula x intermedia) (Lavandin) and Coconut Oil.

This Nature’s Truth brand appeals to me because EWG rated them at a 1, which means there are no ingredients that can harm the immune system, no ingredients linked to cancer and no ingredients that can cause reproductive harm (hormones). Also, they’re inexpensive! I was able to transition into these sprays with very little investment (about $7 each).

Have you already made the switch from toxic fragrances to a healthy perfume?

What brands works for you?

 

Sources for this article include:

ewg.org

multiplechemicalsensitivity.org

wellnessmama.com

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Jordan

As someone who struggles with thyroid disease and adrenal fatigue, Jordan knows that a healthy lifestyle is forever a work in progress but completely crucial to her well being. She is eager to share her journey so YOU may be motivated to seek healing for yourself and enjoy wellness from the inside out! ♥

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