Why we don’t use fragrances

At Janelle Beauty, we create products that are free from synthetic fragrances.

Fragrances can be toxic because they can contain a variety of chemicals, some of which can be harmful to human health. Some of the chemicals used in fragrances have been linked to allergic reactions, respiratory issues, and hormone disruption. Additionally, fragrances are not always fully disclosed on product labels, so it can be difficult for consumers to know exactly what they are exposing themselves to.

There have been several studies conducted on the potential toxicity of fragrances. For example, a study published in the International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health found that people who work in industries where they are exposed to fragrances on a regular basis (such as perfumes and air fresheners) have a higher risk of respiratory symptoms such as asthma and bronchitis. Another study published in the journal “Toxicological Sciences” found that certain chemicals commonly used in fragrances can act as endocrine disruptors, meaning they can interfere with the body’s hormonal system.

Additionally, a study conducted by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) found that many fragrance products contain chemicals that can cause allergies, hormone disruption, and other health problems. However, it’s important to note that many of these studies are observational or based on animal models. Further research is needed to fully understand the potential health effects of fragrances. It’s also important to note that the toxicity of fragrances can vary depending on the specific ingredients used and the amount of exposure.

There are several alternatives to synthetic fragrances that can be used in personal care products and household cleaning items. Some of these alternatives include:

  1. Essential oils: These are natural oils derived from plants and are used to add fragrance and therapeutic benefits. Some popular essential oils include lavender, peppermint, and citrus oils.
  2. Herbs and Spices: Can be used in sachets or added to cleaning products to naturally fragrance a room.
  3. Baking soda: Can be used as a natural deodorizer, and can be scented with essential oils.
  4. Vinegar: Can be used as a natural cleaning agent and can be scented with essential oils.
  5. Beeswax candles: These candles release negative ions when they burn, which can help purify the air and neutralize pollutants.
  6. Charcoal: Activated charcoal can be used to purify the air and remove odors.
  7. Dried flowers and herbs: They can be used in sachets or potpourris to naturally fragrance a room.
  8. Natural cleaning products: Many natural cleaning products are available that are free from synthetic fragrances, such as Castile soap, vinegar and lemon juice.

It’s important to keep in mind that not all natural alternatives are free from potential allergens or irritants, so it’s always best to patch test before using them and check for any potential side effects.