The hidden poison in synthetic scent | The side effects of fragrant candles and diffusers | The dangers of synthetic fragrance
Air fresheners such as fragranced candles, incense sticks, and diffusers are very popular to provide pleasant smell as well as heal anxiety. Do you know this kind of artificial air-fresheners can be poisonous and even cause cancer, autism, allergies, asthma, and many other serious health issues? In fact, most fragrances sold on the market are synthetic ones which contain various chemicals to make fragrances in liquid or solid forms.
Thus, the synthetic fragrance can be called ‘the collection of various chemical components’. According to research, 95% of chemicals used in synthetic fragrances are derived from crude oil (known as petroleum). If a synthetic fragrance is used in a closed space for a long time, it adversely affects your health. Fragrance chemicals in Air-fresheners contaminate the indoor air. In particular, Isopropanol and phthalate enter the body through breathing and cause the health problems in respiratory and circulatory organs. Using fragrant candles is also connected to the high level of health risk. Because most candles are made of paraffin wax which creates highly toxic benzene and toluene when burned (both are known carcinogens). This is also true for incense sticks since they release benzene when burned. According to the current law, harmful substances in incense sticks are regulated, but, interestingly, there is not any standard or regulation for released harmful substances when they burn.
In the case of a diffuser, the fragrance is dissolved into Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC). If used in a closed space for a while, it can cause coughing, sputum and chest pain. What’s more, diethyl phthalate (DEP), an endocrine-disrupting substance, has been found in some diffusers.
Then, isn’t there a safe way to use Air-freshener? Well, ventilation can help reduce the harmful effects of synthetic air fresheners. However, try to avoid using synthetic fragrance as much as possible in a closed area. There are products with only natural ingredients that can be used safely and comfortably, free from the fear of harmful substances and synthetic flavors. These products usually use essential oils as their main source of the scent, along with certified organic and natural ingredients.
Do you want to have safe and pleasant Air-freshener? Why don’t you try AROMATICA Spritz? It is free from any harmful chemical ingredients, delivers revitalizing fragrance, and good for disinfection and deodorizing.