May 9 2016
Recently, it has become very popular to be surrounded by all sorts of synthetic fragrances. Flavors of sea, freshly cut grass, freshly baked cookies, berries – you can sense them in cars, homes, offices, shops, beauty salons, etc. But do you know how they affect you? Do not underestimate the fact that synthetic fragrances are one of the main reasons behind allergies.
Synthetic aromas reproduce scents of plants, but 95% of them are products of the petroleum industry. And as such, they are harmful and toxic to your health. In most cases, they are cheaper and more durable. Regardless that they resemble the aromas of real plants, unfortunately they do not have their impact.
One of the most popular ingredients in the synthetic air fresheners are phthalates and synthetic musks.
Phthalates are solvents that are added to the aromatic compositions because of their ability to easily evaporate at room temperature. Adding phthalates to the formula makes the freshener more aromatic because of the evaporation of the molecules. The scent has the opportunity to spread more easily in the air. Unfortunately, this also means that phthalates easily enter the lungs and body, where they can cause a number of health problems.
Synthetic musks are produced as substitutes for natural musks. Musks are an essential ingredient in aromatic compositions, since they enhance the flavouring properties of other substances in it. The musk ketone as well as xylene, however, is particularly dangerous for health.
Before you reach out for an air freshener at the supermarket, you should keep some things in mind:
Avoid synthetic fragrances;
Use pure essential oils, which will also have a beneficial effect on your health because of their aroma therapeutic properties.
It is impossible to produce essential oils from some fruit. These are strawberry, peach, apple, and pear. If the content on the packaging claims that in the composition of the flavor are included such oils, you should know for sure that these are synthetic fragrances.
When you choose natural aroma compositions, check the quality of the product. In many cases, producers replace the essential oils with synthetic oils.
Think global – what is beneficial to you is beneficial for others, so it is good for the environment, too.
Replace the synthetic fragrances with natural ones! Here are some ideas for you:
Scent of winter goodies – get a bowl or a jar. Pour in it a little baking soda and then apply a few drops of essence of cinnamon. Place the container in the living room, so that he members of your family or your guests to feel the delicious whiff of classic Christmas cookies.
Fresh aroma – take a glass jar and drill a few holes in its metal cap. Put a little baking soda on the bottom, add a few drops of vanilla essence and a few shavings of lemon rind. The refreshing and delightful fragrance is suitable for the laundry room or the bathroom at your home.
Lavender and rose – mix the essences of lavender and rose, and drop them on some baking soda for beautiful and feminine scent. The most appropriate room for this fragrance without a doubt is the bedroom.
Scent for better concentration – if your children are studying for an exam and are unable to concentrate, then make an air freshener with baking soda, essence of peppermint and rosemary. This fragrance will open their minds and allow them to focus on the essentials. Another interesting fact is that peppermint oil can be used in your house cleaning chores. Professional end of tenancy cleaners share that its disinfecting properties are great for killing germs and bacteria from almost any surface. Make a solution of water, few drops of peppermint oil and a drop of dish soap and clean your bathroom, door knobs and kitchen countertops.
Summer fragrance – if you are looking forward to the upcoming summer, then you could create a summer fragrance, with the help of a few peels of grapefruit rind, a little essence of eucalyptus and, of course, baking soda. This scent will wake up your senses and will liven up even the dullest room.
Energy aroma – if you suffer from lack of energy, then mix some baking soda with black pepper extract, orange and cinnamon. Place the aromatic composition at your office, so you will never feel tired at work. This fragrance may even make you more effective at performing your domestic cleaning. Of course, if you don`t find this fragrance that inspiring and invigorating you can also leave this tedious task to the professionals.
Coffee – put a little baking soda on the bottom of an ordinary bowl. Then cover it with a layer of coffee beans. The flavor is perfect for the kitchen. Even people who don't drink coffee will love this scent!