People who don't have an immediate negative reaction to scented products often have difficulty believing that fragrance is detrimental to our health. Many of these folks have migraine headaches, chronic sinusitis, respiratory distress, heart palpitations, cluster headaches, abnormal neurological patterns, and vague symptoms of just not feeling well. These symptoms can occur several days or weeks after exposure to the toxic chemicals in scents, so people often don't connect breathing in fragrance with their specific symptom pattern.
Research scientists have analyzed which chemicals are used to make scented products. The potentially toxic ingredients include synthetic substances manufactured from petroleum derivatives and coal tar, benzene, phthalates, formaldehyde, and volatile organic compounds (VOCs). I certainly don’t want to spritz formaldehyde, petroleum derivatives, and chemicals grouped with pesticides all over my house and all over my skin.
Studies show that, even at low levels of exposure, the harmful ingredients in fragrance cause fatigue, headaches, skin irritation, heart palpitations, eye irritation, migraines, nausea, tingling and numbness in the arms and legs, dizziness, increased asthma symptoms, respiratory distress, chronic sinusitis, central nervous system damage, and several types of cancer. Do you have any of these health problems? Chronic exposure to scented products could be the culprit.