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Synthetic fragrances

  • Did you know that over 60% of what you put on your skin, the largest organ on your body, gets absorbed into your blood stream? And unlike your kidneys and liver that act as your body’s filter, the skin is all on its own. 95% of the chemicals in most commercial fragrances are synthetic compounds derived from petroleum and natural gas, known as petrochemicals. On average, 80% of fragrance formulations are comprised of these chemicals and in some cases, 100% of a formula can be synthetic.

    Skin absorbs these man-made chemicals in a few ways: by direct application, by contact with fragranced items, and by exposure to air containing fragrances and that can accumulate in your body organs. They can trigger allergic reactions, migraines, asthma attacks, nausea, eczema, and a whole host of other sensitivities. There are recommendations for pregnant women to refrain from wearing artificial scents.

    To protect trade secrets, companies are permitted by the FDA to withhold fragrance ingredients, so consumers can’t rely on labels to know what hazards may lurk inside their bottle of perfume. That gives companies the freedom to load some fragrances with secret chemicals, sensitizers, potential hormone disruptors and chemicals not assessed for safety. Some of the most talked about ingredients of concern in fragrances are:

    •  Parabens- a commonly used synthetic preservatives in many fragrances, they can interfere with the production and release of hormones. Pour le Monde does not use parabens in any of our fragrances.

    parfummele-synthetic-fragrances-1•  Phthalates- this popular fragrance preservative is usually highly concentrated in most commercial perfumes. A known carcinogen, health effects may include damage to liver/kidneys, birth defects, decreased sperm counts and early breast development in girls and boys. Pour le Monde does not use phthalates, period.


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  • •  Synthetic Musks- studies have shown that several types of synthetic musks not only may disrupt hormones, but traces have been found in: fat tissue, breast milk, body fat, umbilical cord blood, both fresh and marine water samples, air, wastewater and sludge. Pour le Monde does not use any synthetics or synthetic musk in their fragrances.


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So: »Why synthetics?”

Many artificial perfumes do contain natural, essential oils but typically it is a small percentage. While naturals are very expensive and rare vs. synthetics, there are certain notes that you just can’t extract from nature. This means that the fragrance synthetic library is huge and less limited than the naturals giving perfume companies more options to create products. Man-made fragrances also have stronger staying power than naturals due to the chemical preservatives, which can overpower many.

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