We wash our hair with solid shampoo, brush our teeth with the bamboo toothbrush or use reusable pads to remove make-up. We are increasingly trying to make our daily care routine more sustainable. But when it comes to perfumes, there is still a lot of catching up to do. In 2012, the European Commission found fault with the fact that the essential oils in perfumes can lead to detectable allergic reactions on the skin. In August 2017, the three fragrances Lyral, Atranol and Chloratranol Banned at last. Perfumes containing these fragrances may only be sold until the end of 2021.
Questionable ingredients in perfumes
But unfortunately there are other problems: many perfumes contain the UV filter ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate, which ensures that the perfume smells good even in strong sunlight. Although this is suspected of having a hormonal effect, it is often a component of perfumes. It can no longer be found in sun creams. The musk scent is also increasingly being banned from the flacon, as it is difficult to biodegrade and gets into the groundwater. In addition, musk can accumulate in the body, it could be detected in breast milk. The artificial colors in the bottles are also anything but healthy, as they are allergenic and potentially carcinogenic.
Sustainable perfumes: You should pay attention to these ingredients
If you want to rely on sustainable or clean fragrances for future ingredients, you should pay attention to natural ones when composing the fragrance. These include oils, essences or extracts from natural substances such as flowers or wood. In addition, no ingredients of animal origin should be included. Flacon and packaging should be recyclable and the raw materials should come from controlled organic cultivation. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work entirely without chemicals, since the perfume of a perfume is a chemical process for which alcohol IS required. But the general rule is: the fewer synthetic substances it contains, the more gentle it is on the skin. Perfumes have long since ceased to exist in spray bottles – some manufacturers offer solid or cream fragrances, most of which do not contain alcohol.