Ahhh, there is scent hiding where?

It’s pretty clear that synthetic fragrance is not as innocent (nor as desired) as it may have been, once upon a timeResearch from the University of Melbourne shows that one in three Australians report health problems, including migraine headaches and asthma attacks, when they are exposed to common fragranced consumer products such as air fresheners, cleaning products, laundry supplies, and personal care products.

Professor Anne Steinemann, world expert on environmental pollutants, air quality, and health effects, says: ‘This is an epidemic. Fragranced products are creating health problems and the effects can be immediate, severe and potentially disabling.

Does this resonate with you? Do you struggle with headaches, nausea or itchy eyes when you’re in the vicinity of artificial fragrance? Maybe when in an Uber ride with one of those dangly, smelly trees, in a public loo with an automatic ‘air freshener’, or stuck in a lift with someone wearing perfume?

Perhaps you’re not yet aware of the potential impact that articifical fragrance is having on your health? You might like to read this blog for a little more insight. However, for many of you reading this, having already had that gorgeous a-ha moment when you finally realised that scented products are messing with your well-being, you probably feel a world away from the days where you were scratching at stickers to release the scent (gotta love the good ol’ 90s hey?!). Back then, synthetic fragrance was around, yes, but it seems it is now making its way into all sorts of products and places you might least expect.

I recently saw a lavender scented jigsaw puzzle at a book store, I couldn’t believe it – is it really necessary? In a puzzle? But it got me thinking, where else have I seen fragrance hiding in day-to-day consumer products? I got to searching and found a handful to share with you.

Some of these items may suprise you, I know they suprised me!

A few stand-outs:

〉Scented panty liners and toilet paper – artificial fragrance that close to such a sensitive part of the body seems a little crazy to me.

〉Scented scissors – wouldn’t this encourage children to put scissors near their faces? This is potentially hazardous (and completely unnecessary).

〉Scented hair brush and pool ring – these feel gimmicky; I’m not sure how scenting either of these items serves any purpose.

Consider your stance on artificial fragrance, and if you’re choosing to avoid it, stay alert when shopping because it is clearly creeping into so many random products.

Krissy Ballinger

author and passionate advocate for natural living and wellness

Krissy Ballinger is an accomplished author and passionate advocate for natural living and wellness. Her mission is to gently guide individuals towards holistic wellbeing by providing a wealth of resources and services, ranging from natural living guidance and DIY recipes, to healing therapies that nurture the mind, body, spirit and space. She envisions a world where conscious choices are made that honour the self, humanity and the environment.

With her roots in education and health promotion, Krissy continually expands her expertise. Recently, she obtained certifications in Zone Healing Technique and NeurOptimal Neurofeedback (brain training), qualified as a Reiki Healer, and completed an Undergraduate Certificate in Lifestyle Coaching from Endeavour College of Natural Health.

Krissy dedicates her time to managing her wellness room, offering services in Zone and Reiki Healing, Neurofeedback brain training, and Chemical Awareness Consulting. Additionally, she educates individuals about common and avoidable toxins through her various social platforms. Krissy’s books have collectively sold over 100,000 copies, including the award-winning Naturally Inspired – Simple DIY Recipes for Body Care and Cleaning, as well as Make & Play – Natural DIY Recipes for Kids, and The Lifestyle Edit.

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