It seems as though fewer people these days are wearing man-made perfumes (or colognes). And this may be a good thing, especially to those who have allergies or chemical sensitivities.
For hundreds of years people have been wearing man-made perfumes without questioning the safety or consequences of doing so. Yet, the ingredients lists are not readily available and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration does not test cosmetics for safety before they go onto the market.
To some, just breathing perfumed products causes them to feel ill effects—not to mention the effects of repeated exposures or of applying that same product directly to the skin, the largest organ in the body.
Here are four things to think about before using perfume:
- Perfumes are man-made chemicals that put off strong smelling fumes and these fumes may be so strong that they cause some people to feel ill effects
- Perfumes interfere with smell and taste (most wineries do not allow their employees to wear perfume)
- Perfumes cover up your natural pheromones
Perfumes can be very expensive, so forgoing the purchase will save you money.