Pleasant scents are something really great! They give us a feeling of well-being, freshness and purity.
Fragrances are therefore not only used by us humans! Pheromones, for example, also play an important role in the animal and plant world. In the case of bees, the queen uses pheromones to pass on information to her worker bees. In the plant world, they serve to spread pollen and seeds.
But fragrances also play an important role for people, even if they are more psychological. They serve as an association for memories and feelings and are also decisive for whether "we can smell someone" or not. They often give us a feeling of cleanliness and aesthetics, similar to the foam in shower gel or shower soap. We are now used to the fact that our creams, lotions and Co. are perfumed and spray a pleasant scent. In the past, people used the natural scents of plants, herbs and spices (musk, lavender, etc.). Sometimes it was very time-consuming and expensive to produce extracts. Today it is possible to synthetically produce thousands of fragrances quickly and inexpensively. But who really cares whether these fragrances are also good for us and really harmless?
Perfumes used to be something precious and unaffordable for a large part of the population because of their complex production. Therefore, they were often only used for special occasions and only dosed with care. But that has changed due to synthetic production. Perfume is no longer a luxury item, but has become an affordable standard in every bathroom. Fragrances have no skin-caring or cleansing effect but a purely psychological one. There are therefore not only scented cosmetics, detergents and cleaning agents, but also in our living rooms or in supermarkets and department stores the mood is kept high with the help of room fragrances. However, a pleasant scent can have unpleasant consequences! Fragrances get into the wastewater primarily through our detergents and cleaning agents. These are not only difficult to biodegrade, but can also accumulate in our body and other organisms. A fragrance allergy is also the second most common contact allergy after the nickel allergy.
But how can you recognize a fragrance allergy? At the latest 72 hours after contact, the sensitized skin begins to itch and in the worst case forms weeping blisters, wheals and scales. With such obvious symptoms, it is easy to conclude that there is a contact allergy. However, there are also less obvious symptoms of contact allergy. Intolerance can also be shown by headache, nausea, dizziness and exhaustion. In addition to direct contact, fragrances can also get into our organism through breathing, where they are distributed throughout the body via the bloodstream. Fragrances accumulate in the human organism in a wide variety of ways. There they nestle, so to speak, and are only broken down very slowly. The tendency to allergic reactions to synthetic fragrances increases as the human body comes increasingly into contact with perfumed products. In addition, new synthetic fragrances keep coming onto the market that are not subject to an explicit declaration. In order not only to protect your organism and the environment, you can make sure that you are not misled by the external appearance and smell of a product and that you judge your purchase primarily based on the ingredients. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
But how do we at PureBee do that with our scented products? We use the natural alternatives: essential oils and natural flavors! The lavender scent in our products, for example, is obtained 100% from lavender flowers. But since the fragrances are also concentrated in natural essential oils, they also have allergy potential and we always recommend our original products without fragrances for very sensitive skin or known contact allergies.