We wash our hair with a solid shampoo, brush our teeth with a bamboo toothbrush or use reusable pads to remove make-up. We are increasingly striving to make our daily care routine more sustainable. But when it comes to perfumes, there is still a lot to catch up on. In 2012, the European Commission denounced that essential oils contained in perfumes can lead to verifiable allergic reactions on the skin. In August 2017, the three fragrances Lyral, Atranol and Chloratranol finally banned. Perfumes containing these fragrances can only be sold until the end of 2021.
Questionable ingredients in conventional perfumes
But unfortunately there are other problems: many perfumes contain the ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate UV filter, which ensures that the perfume smells good even in strong sunlight. Although this is suspected to have a hormonal effect, it is often a component of perfumes. It is no longer found in sunscreens. The scent of musk is also increasingly banned from the bottle, as it is difficult to biodegrade and penetrates into the groundwater. Also, musk can accumulate in the body, it could be detected in breast milk. Artificial colors in bottles are also far from healthy, as they are allergenic and potentially carcinogenic.
Sustainable fragrances – you should pay attention to these ingredients
If in the future you want to rely on sustainable or clean fragrances, you should pay attention to natural ingredients when composing the fragrance. These include oils, essences or extracts of natural substances such as flowers or wood. Furthermore, it must not contain ingredients of animal origin. The bottle and packaging must be recyclable and the raw materials must come from controlled organic crops. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work completely without chemicals, as making a perfume is a chemical process that requires alcohol. But the general rule is: the fewer synthetic substances it contains, the gentler it is on the skin. Perfumes have long ceased to exist in spray bottles: some manufacturers offer solid or cream fragrances that usually do not contain alcohol.