The Truth of Smelling Sexy
Mmmmmmm! In order to successfully market something it seems it must smell good, even if the smell is produced chemically. Almost without exception, modern perfumes and fragrances are produced from petro- chemicals and these chemicals are considered to be hazardous waste capable of producing toxic side effects.
Who cares? It smells good so what is the problem? Well, it may become a problem if you and the perfume used in your skincare or that you spray on your skin don’t get along. Few people realise that there are at least 5,000 different chemicals used by the fragrance industry in the manufacture of fragrance products. Nor do they realise that a fragrance product such as perfume may contain as many as 600 individual chemical ingredients. Of the 5,000 different chemicals used in fragrance products, less than 20% have been tested and reported as toxic. Many of those chemicals that have been tested are regulated by the federal government in the USA as hazardous materials! The remaining chemicals have not even been toxicity tested, so the health effects and regulatory potential are unknown. Fragrances have also been studied for their effect on people with chronic lung disease, particularly asthma. Study results differ, but some data suggests that as many as 75% of known asthmatics have asthma attacks that are triggered by perfumes. Yeah but we don’t care about that do we? We just want to smell sexy! Well, if the fragrance in your products is known to cause lethargy, depression, and life threatening respiratory effects are you still interested in smelling sexy? High Quality essential oils are a safer option by far but it is possible that the product will cost a little bit more, but it is worth it. You are worth it! As an example, one study conducted in Japan showed that the fragrance of citrus was more effective in alleviating depression than were prescription anti-depressants. Trouble is, there isn’t much money in selling you grapefruit! There is a fortune to be made in selling you toxic perfume! On the other hand, artifi cial fragrance chemicals can enter the body through inhalation and ingestion through the nose and mouth, and absorption through the skin. Once in the body they are absorbed into the bloodstream and transported throughout the body. Individual sensitivity to the effects of fragrance chemicals vary widely from no effect at all to severe symptoms. Symptoms experienced by some people include: headache (migraine especially), sneezing, watery eyes, sinus problems, anxiety, nausea, wheezing (especially in asthmatics), shortness of breath, inability to concentrate, brain- fog, dizziness, convulsions, sore throat, cough, chest tightness, hyperactivity (especially in children), tremor, fatigue, lethargy, and drowsiness. Some fragrances can accumulate in our fatty tissue and can be passed on to babies through the mother’s breast milk. Fragrances can be quick to saturate the blood but slow to clear from the body. So what does this all mean? After all, you just want to smell good and be attractive to your mate or at least smell good to your friends. It is understandable as smelling sweat, bacteria or even fear is natural but not always desirable! So whilst you may be surprised to learn the above, you may choose to continue wearing perfume. If that is the case, wear it on your clothing and not your skin. Be aware if your breathing alters once you have applied the perfume. Notice if you are headache-free the days you don’t wear perfume. Don’t use if breastfeeding a baby. If you see a rash on your skin, go perfume- free for a few days and see if it then clears before you approach the doctor! If you experience mood swings or depression when perfume has been applied, change your perfume or start learning how to make your own perfume using essential oils!. Go to www.aromantic.co.uk and look for Natural perfume concentrates and note the courses on creating your own individual perfume that they run. Easy! Enjoy a sweet smelling August!
After 15 years nursing and also working with a Consultant Dermatologist in Harley Street, London, Linda changed course.
First she retrained in Massage and Aromatherapy, and then she went back to college to train as a Beauty therapist and to study Science for Public Understanding at AS level.
Over the next 12 years, Linda worked in her own business as a beauty therapist and Aromatherapist, whilst also continuing to train in 12 different areas from Baby massage to making Natural Skincare. Her true passion now discovered, Natural Skincare products, she consumed books and articles at a keen pace and gave talks around the south of England. She has spoken at small and large venues and shared stages with a variety of well known people from Janey lee Grace, Dr John Millward and Dr Krishan.
15 years on from the launch of her own product range, Anousta Products, she advises men and women on how to resolve their skin and health issues. She provides Luxury skincare for all at affordable prices. She helps mums and dads who have children with anything from Acne to Eczema. She loves helping people move towards her skin friendly and planet friendly products and seeing how their health and well being improves.
Having experienced a variety of health problems and learned how to deal with them, she is well equipped to give advice having sorted out her own health issues first!