While many folks in the health space have likely gotten rid of most heavily scented products, what about our clients? ⠀⠀⠀⠀
According to the NPD group, nearly 80% of consumers scent their homes. Their reasons? Consumers want to feel “relaxed”, “cozy”, and to “uplift their spirits”. ⠀⠀
A study conducted by Statista showed that 15% of men never use fragrances (perfume & eau de toilette), compared to 8% of women. The inverse of these stats is that likely 85% of men DO use fragrances of some kind, and 92% of women DO use fragrances of some kind.⠀⠀⠀
But at what cost?⠀⠀⠀
Many products list “fragrance” on the label, but only a tiny fraction of companies actually disclose the specific constituents making up that fragrance. ⠀⠀
These ingredients are considered proprietary and therefore are not required to be disclosed. This lack of transparency does not help consumers make informed choices. (California recently passed a new law requiring disclosure of these compounds, starting in Jan 2022.
This will likely spell change for the entire industry, and is good news!)⠀⠀
Even without completely transparent ingredient lists, there’s plenty of evidence linking fragrance to a myriad of serious health conditions like cancer, reproductive and developmental toxicity, allergies, and sensitivities. ⠀⠀⠀
The best and easiest way to avoid these exposures is simple: stop buying and using scented products!⠀⠀⠀
This is an avoidance intervention that’s available to ALL people regardless of resources. In fact, not buying these home fragrances and perfumes/colognes SAVES money. ⠀⠀
Scented home products can be hard for some folks to let go of – there’s a strong emotional attachment that keeps people addicted. But understanding and articulating these bigger risks can help! ⠀⠀⠀⠀
Are you working on ditching scented products? Drop a YES in the comments if you are!
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