Protect your daughters from synthetic perfumes.

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Warnings about the harmful chemicals in our personal care products have been around for years but if you are like me, you probably prefer not to pay too much attention, hoping it’s all hype and try not to worry about it.

But the evidence is growing, research is mounting and I have experienced directly how harmful these chemicals can be to our health.

Its time to rescue your family from the bathroom!

Did you know that many of the world’s most famous perfumes have well-known nasty side effects, with links to cancer, reproductive issues, toxicity and allergies?

The nasty hidden chemicals used in perfumes are so toxic that they disrupt your hormones linking their use to some cancers, thyroid disease, obesity, asthma and diabetes.

As we use more personal care products, these chemicals are adding to the toxic load on our bodies and contributing to the rising number of people diagnosed with cancer – particularly in young women.

Since I was asked to blog on the subject recently, my investigations have made me wake up to the dangers and I am now monitoring which products my family is using.

The 5 main toxins found in perfumes that need to be avoided are:

  1. Parabens: these are synthetic preservatives known to be hormone disrupters. This means that they are confusing the communication within the body which is responsible for growth, reproduction and repair.
  2. Phthalates: a synthetic preservative that is carcinogenic and linked to reproductive problems plus liver and kidney damage – they are used to help make the perfumes last longer.
  3. Benzaldehyde: is used as a fragrance and is a known irritant and neurotoxin; affecting the brain and nervous system.
  4. Synthetic musk: accumulates in human fat cells and is transferred to babies through breast milk and the umbilical cord.
  5. Benzyl acetate: a synthetic fragrance used in many perfumes and is know to contribute to reproductive toxicity and is a carcinogen.

Image by Joe La Pompe. www.joelapompe.net

US Government Report:

In 2010 the US government undertook a two-year investigation into the effects of environmental pollutants on cancer. As a result the US President’s Cancer Panel report recommended that pregnant women and couples planning to have children should reduce their exposure to phthalates, commonly found in perfume, and other hormone-disrupting chemicals due to cancer concerns.

The report stated that:

. . . the true burden of environmentally induced cancer has been grossly underestimated.”

The report particularly mentioned the phthalate group of chemicals stating that:

Animal studies link phthalate exposure in the womb to a greater risk of infertility genital birth defects and testicular cancer”.

Another study done in 2014 showed that phthalates are linked to prostrate cancer and reduced sperm count.

Hidden ingredients:

Unfortunately many people are completely oblivious to the toxins used in perfumes.

The problem is that the ingredients do not have to be listed on the bottles unlike foods, pharmaceutical and cleaning products sold in of Australia, which require the ingredients to be disclosed on the packaging. In the perfume industry these are considered trade secrets and therefore do not have to be revealed.

An ingredient labelled ‘fragrance’ could mean anything.

This is why I am increasingly passionate about providing clean, safe alternatives for our personal care and that of our families. Altearah Bio insists on only the best of organic ingredients and you can rest assured everything is natural and healthy.

Shahida Siddique, owner of Altearah Bio states, “I am committed to Safe Cosmetics and work towards educating consumers on unsafe ingredients. Of course Altearah Bio being certified 100 % organic is totally safe to use.”

You can happily use Altearah Bio with confidence.

Visit our website: www.alterarah.com.au

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