Is Perfume As Bad As Traffic Fumes?
Yesterday afternoon my 12-year-old daughter, who was snooping through my closet as usual, came across a bag of swag I’d brought home from the Pure Beauty Awards a few months ago. I had already cherry-picked through it, so all that was left were some products I never intended to use but also couldn’t bare to throw-away. So instead, I diligently hid the swag bag behind my wedding dress.
Sophie came running out of my bedroom with eyes as big as saucers and a sort of amazed look on her face. Like she couldn’t believe this giant bag of gold was in my closet… just sitting there. She riffled through it and brought out a small bottle of shampoo. It was bright red and sparkly, and in a pretty designer bottle. She had just read about this exact shampoo in one of my magazines a few days ago.
I have to admit, it did look interesting. And it was my son’s birthday so, right or wrong, I was feeling a little guilty that Sophie didn’t have any presents. I let her have it – hesitantly; warning not to get it all over the bathroom, and make sure it was all rinsed out.
I went about the day, getting the cake ready, cleaning up, etc. I realised I forgot to buy candles, so I nipped to the shop, and when I came back I couldn’t believe it. I could smell really strong perfume from outside the front door of my house! It took me a minute to figure out that it was the shampoo Sophie had eagerly used while I was gone.
I have to say, I wasn’t impressed. I figured the ingredients weren’t great for the body, but I knew this was a “once-and-a-while” product and it was a rinse-off. I had not really considered how many volatile compounds were hiding in the term “parfum” on the ingredients list.
Then this morning, a very interesting article landed in my inbox. It read:
Spray deodorant, shampoo, cleaning products and even perfume could be contributing to harmful air pollution as much as traffic fumes, a new study claims.
It’s been believed for many years that the main contributors to air pollution are cars, industry, and public transport.
But a team of scientists from the University of Colorado and University of California Berkeley say as transportation becomes ‘greener’, air pollution is increasingly caused by our cosmetics, cleaning, health and beauty products.” – Cambridge News
While we routinely consider how our cosmetic products will affect our health, we often don’t give the same consideration to the environment. (Read more about that here). We may be avoiding microbeads and plastic, but perhaps also need to be conscious of how the cosmetic products we use every day can affect air quality as well.
‘Eau De Carfume’, anyone?
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