Do you know that “fragrance” or “parfum” can mean any of thousands of combinations of chemicals whose identities are not disclosed?
Thanks to trade-secret laws, commercial perfumes are often listed simply as “parfum” on ingredient labels. Because of this, there’s no way of knowing what compounds your perfume, or perfumes inside your baby’s products, are actually made from. A good bet however, is that any scented cosmetic will contain a group of petroleum based chemicals called phthalates.
What are Phthalates?
Phthalates are mainly used as plasticizers, which are substances added to plastics to increase their flexibility, transparency, durability, and longevity. They can be found in scented cosmetics and personal care products, body and hair sprays, medical tubing, air fresheners, nail polish and insect repellent. In fragrance, phthalates are used widely due to their effectiveness at increasing the longevity and projection of scent.
So what’s the problem with perfume?
Some phthalates found in perfume, particularly diethyl phthalates (DEP), have been shown to be hormone disruptors. Phthalates have been linked to the following health problems:
- foetal development disorders, especially among newborn boys
- male fertility issues, such as reduced sperm count and low motility
- polycystic ovarian syndrome, which can cause trouble conceiving, irregular periods, and hormonal imbalances
What products should you purchase to avoid exposing yourself & your baby to these harmful chemicals?
Because of these health risks, many companies have turned to essential oils instead to scent their products. However, this alternative is not without its own risks. Essential oils are extremely powerful substances often not advised for use on pregnant women and infants. Essential oils also contain many allergens which may potentially cause adverse reactions in people with sensitivities.
It was with these concerns in mind that Naïf decided to develop its own allergy-free fragrance without any compromise to consumer safety. Guided by the Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety, our allergy-free fragrance excludes:
- 82 established allergens in humans
- 19 established allergens in animals
- 26 likely allergens
Naïf is committed to ensuring that our babies have only the very best – and that means never having to come into contact with the toxic chemicals found in most commercially fragranced products. We hope this article gives you a glimpse of the research and consideration that has gone into the crafting of our product line as we strive to bring you the best products possible.
Further reading: http://ec.europa.eu/health/scientific_committees/opinions_layman/perfume-allergies/en/index.htm
 Environmental Working Group (EWG) researchers found more than 75% of products listing the ingredient “fragrance” contained phthalates.