19 Chemicals linked to synthetic fragrances of household Products harmful to your health

Most consumer products like shampoos, hair conditioners, body soaps and scented candles will inevitably contain synthetic fragrances harmful for health. As per the National Academy of Sciences, 95% of chemicals used for synthetic scent are made from petroleum and contain known carcinogens. The harmful effects of synthetic fragrances isn’t a mystery.


Such carcinogens are linked to disease like cancer, congenital defects, allergies and disorders of the central nervous system. That particular shampoo that smells nice, that fresh smelling laundry detergent are all laced with toxic ingredients, The term ‘fragrance’ and ‘parfum’ could be hiding a lot almost 3000 different ingredients. Check out some of the health problems linked to synthetic scents.

1 Cancer

The breast cancer fund recommends avoiding synthetic fragrances as one of the best remedies to avoid breast cancer. Most synthetic scents disrupt hormones and contain a chemical group called phthalates which are linked to cancer. Toxicity and hormonal disruption. Such fragrances are widely used in household air fresheners and cosmetics.


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2 Allergic Reactions

Fragrances are among the world’s top five allergens which can cause reactions like migraine, headaches, sinus problems and breathing difficulties. Such problems have increased over the years where scientists have found a link between these health problems and household synthetic fragrances.

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3 Asthma

Asthma patients suffer regularly from symptoms when exposed to synthetic fragrances. These include items like colognes. Perfumes and scented products. The toxins induce breathing problems and elevate asthmatic symptoms.

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4 Autism

In research conducted at Mount Sinai Children’s Environmental health center, it was found that phthalates are also linked to autism, ADHD and other neurological disorders. Pregnant women exposed to phthalates could result in harm the fetus.


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5 Take a look at this list of harmful reactions of synthetic fragrances

Acetaldehyde: has a negative impact on kidneys, CNS and respiratory system. A potential carcinogen


Benzophenone: endocrine system disruption and also linked ot liver tumors.

Butylated Hydroxyanisole (BHA): Endocrine disruption and a listed carcinogen under California’s Prop65.


Butylated Hydroxytoluene (BHT): Eye and skin irritant

Benzyl Salicylate: A well known allergen.


Benzyl Benzoate: Exposure to the chemical can lead to burn of scalp and genitals

Butoxyethanol: Exposure to this particular chemical results in blood in urine, nausea and vomiting, kidney damage,lymphoid system damage, nervous system problems, respiratory damage and damage to blood cells. It is also a throat, eye, skin and nose irritant.

Butylphenyl Methylpropional: Skin inflammation and itching


Chloromethane: Chronic problems of the central nervous system, negative effects on liver, skin and kidneys.

Dichloromethane: Linked to breast tumors

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6 And the list continues

Diethyl Phthalate: Linked to irritation in the eyes, respiratory tract and skin. Causes damage to the nervous system.

Formaldehyde: A known carcinogen banned in cosmetics and toiletries in Japan and Sweden

Oxybenzone: Known to accumulate in the blood liver and kidneys leading to toxicity


Porpylparaben: linked to breast cancer

Resorcinol: disrupts function of kidneys, liver and spleen. Negative impact on cardiovascular and nervous systems.

Styrene: can cause toxicity to the nervous system when inhaled. Negatively affects the red blood cells and liver.


Synthetic Musks: disrupts the hormonal system, reproductive development and causes organ damage. Tends to build up in breast milk.

Titanium Dioxide: A possible carcinogen linked to lung and respiratory damage.

Dioxane: A by product and a possible carcinogen

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