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December 03, 2019
When I wrote my first book in 2007, the idea that there could be toxic chemicals in personal care products like toothpaste, soap and shampoo was groundbreaking. All these years later while the topic has become the center for the natural cosmetic and personal care revolution, there is still widespread confusion and misunderstanding of what is good or bad for you, and what to avoid.
One example of this debate is the idea that fragrances (perfumes) are toxic and essential oils are safe. People douse their skin, homes, baths and children with essential oils under the false impression that they are safe. Most people are familiar with the latest press on the harmful effects of Phthalates in perfumes, but they don’t realize that essential oils are far from non-toxic, and at their highly concentrated levels, they can cause severe adverse effects.
The evidence against unrestricted use of essential oils is building. Consider just some of the issues and arguments gaining attention:
Still, I do believe essential oils can be a very powerful part of a formula and they do have many significant healing properties. It is simply my belief that they should be used like medicine, not taken all the time but used when needed.
Here are some ways to enjoy the scents you love in moderation:
The perfume vs. essential oils debate is just one prominent issue in the natural cosmetics and personal care revolution that requires consumers become more educated about what we are putting in and on our bodies. Learn what you can so you can make informed choices for yourself and your family. It’s the Sumbody way.
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