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Non-Toxic Fragrances

Non-Toxic Fragrances for the Whole Family

We all care about the safety of the products we use daily in our homes. Whether it’s cleaning products, paints, or bedding, many of us dedicate time and spend more money to ensure we’re making the safest and most sustainable choices possible. This also applies to fragrances.

Safely perfuming your home shouldn’t be a source of stress. That’s why we’ve put together this practical guide on the ingredients to avoid. This way, you can be confident in surrounding your family and pets with the best non-toxic candles and interior fragrances.

Ingredients to Avoid

You might have heard about various ingredients to avoid, but you might not know why. Here are some of the most common components that you should absolutely steer clear of and the harm they can cause. This goes beyond mere allergies and encompasses ingredients that are harmful to all of us. You’ll understand why we recommend being vigilant about never bringing them into your home to protect your health and that of your family.

Parabens

Used as preservatives in many cosmetics and perfumes, parabens are a family of chemicals designed to prevent the growth of mold and bacteria. However, the link between parabens and cancer has been demonstrated by numerous studies. These chemicals promote abnormal cell growth by mimicking estrogen. The effects are particularly harmful to breast cells.

Phthalates

Chemicals used to make plastics more durable or to dissolve ingredients in cosmetic formulas. Phthalates are often found in soaps, shampoos, hair sprays, as well as in vinyl floor coverings and industrial oils. Despite being present in hundreds of products, researchers have shown a link between phthalates and damage to major organs, including the liver, kidneys, lungs, and reproductive system.

Aniline Dyes

Present in many cosmetics and household products, aniline dyes are made from synthetic ingredients. They are harmful because they contain heavy metals known to cause brain damage when ingested (through the nose or mouth). Studies have shown that reducing consumption of aniline dyes can even alleviate symptoms of ADHD.

Lead

The use of lead in many materials has been banned due to its well-documented toxicity to the body. However, it is still present in many less-regulated products that you might find when shopping online. It has been proven that lead can cause anemia, liver damage, and severe brain damage, especially with prolonged exposure.

Mercury

Formerly used in indoor lighting, mercury has been prohibited in many sectors. It is very dangerous to use it in interior fragrances, as inhaling mercury vapors has harmful effects on the nervous, digestive, and immune systems, as well as the lungs and kidneys. Unregulated manufacturers might not be aware of these harmful effects, so always check that the products you buy do not contain mercury.

Mineral Oil

Used in cosmetics and fragrances, mineral oils need to be carefully processed to be safely applied to the skin or used indoors. When highly refined, their negative effects are minimal. But when unrefined, petroleum components can increase the risk of cancer. We recommend avoiding mineral oil-based ingredients to ensure that your products pose no risk of containing unrefined oils. In all forms, mineral oils can also be harmful to the environment, as they disrupt natural soil drainage and contribute to flooding risks.

Hydroquinone

Used in many topical creams and perfume additives, hydroquinone is not as harmful as many other ingredients on the list. However, it can irritate sensitive skin, causing blisters, itching, peeling, and bruising.

Acetone

You might regularly use acetone in your cosmetics, especially in nail polish remover. It has many practical uses but can be very harmful when inhaled regularly. That’s why it should always be avoided in fragrances. Inhaling this chemical can lead to headaches, fatigue, speech problems, and even vomiting.

Formaldehyde (and Formaldehyde-Releasing Preservatives)

Causing dizziness and suffocation, formaldehyde is well known to be a highly toxic chemical that can be fatal when inhaled. While not commonly used, many preservatives found in common household items can release this toxin and induce the same effects, even in small amounts.

Petrolatum

Used in certain forms of petroleum jelly, petrolatum is a petroleum-derived product. According to some theories, it can cause cancer and is harmful to the eyes. In Europe, its use is prohibited in many products.

Sodium Lauryl Ether

Widely found in many cleansing cosmetics, SLES can cause serious skin irritation. Contact with the skin can cause burns, blisters, and intense pain.

Non-Toxic Fragrance Ingredients
Non-Toxic Fragrance Ingredients

Sodium Laureth Sulfate

A compound related to SLES, Sodium Laureth Sulfate is a foaming ingredient used in many shampoos and is often included in fragrance formulas. It can also cause burns, blisters, and skin irritation.

Toluene

Found in many nail polishes, paints, and manufacturing processes, toluene is particularly harmful when inhaled. It can cause various issues including irritation of the eye and nose mucous membranes, fatigue, dizziness, headaches, anxiety, nerve damage, and damage to the liver and kidneys.

Talc

Talc was once a popular product used daily by families. However, researchers have shown that it has particularly harmful effects when inhaled. Talc dust can cause respiratory problems and chest pain, and in rare cases, it can be toxic.

We are committed to creating non-toxic candles and interior fragrances that do not use any of the harmful ingredients mentioned above. As part of our BePURE Commitment, we refuse to use over 40 ingredients.

How to Choose Non-Toxic Fragrance Ingredients

Now that you know what to avoid, what are the positive elements you should prioritize? Whether you’re looking for a fragrance suitable for the whole family or dog-friendly essential oils, it’s important to prioritize ingredient lists that are the most transparent and highlight natural products.

Essential oils are the purest and most natural forms of scented ingredients, originating from nature. They are extracted from natural sources using processes like distillation, extraction, and expression. This ensures that there is no chemical interference and the natural fragrance is preserved.

When crafting fragrances for you or your surroundings, reputable perfumers use only the purest oils. Avoid synthetic perfume imitations and opt for fragrance creators who explicitly use pure essential oils.

In addition to the fragrances themselves, it’s crucial to pay attention to the materials used as carriers. The highest-quality pure wax always lists ingredients that ensure clean burning. Also, prioritize products made from sustainably sourced paper and quality carrier oils to ensure no harm is done to you or the planet.

Non-Toxic Fragrances
Non-Toxic Fragrances

Safely Diffusing Scents in Your Home and Daily Life

Once you’ve selected the right scented ingredients with the safest formulations, it’s important to use them responsibly. You need to ensure that candles burn correctly to minimize smoke and fill your space with non-toxic fragrance. This means trimming wicks after each use, keeping scented candle jars covered with their lids to prevent dust from burning, and using a snuffer to extinguish the flame after use to keep the wick intact for the next burn.

Using open flames safely is essential. If you can’t monitor your candles constantly, or if you have young children or pets who might knock over candles, opt for flameless fragrances. Essential oil diffusers placed in a stable location are ideal as they only use water vapor mixed with pure natural essential oils in their purest form. It doesn’t get any cleaner than that.

For continuous fragrance diffusion, you can use reed diffusers or paper products that release scents throughout the day. Prefer scents based on essential oils, without unnecessary additives. These scents are also subtle enough to be diffused all day without overwhelming your space.

In small spaces, don’t underestimate the importance of good ventilation. Layering scents can lead to lovely combinations but might become overwhelming. Therefore, strive for a balance between a source of fresh air and suspended fragrances. In poorly ventilated rooms, it’s also important to use appropriate products to achieve the desired olfactory result without burning candles for extended periods. For instance, odor-neutralizing scents are perfect for adding freshness without becoming overpowering, and their effects are quick.

Lastly, check the composition of fragrances you apply to your skin. Pure essential oils are often too concentrated for direct skin use, so ensure they are suspended in mild skin-friendly carrier oils. Stronger and purer essential oils can be safely diffused in the air using the diffuser of your choice.

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