Why I Don’t Use Scentsy or Anything Else With Fragrance.
I must confess, I used to be the girl who had every Yankee Candle in her home – at least one in every room. I was especially drawn to the food smelling candles. I loved Bath and Body Works wallflowers and had those in every room in my house too. Car air fresheners were a must and leaving the house without my perfume on was a tragedy.
I never realized that all those things I was putting in my house and on and in my body were actually causing it harm. I mean really, it’s just a smell right? Wrong.
I was dead wrong. The toxins I was allowing to permeate and pollute the air in my home and car is nauseating to think about now that my knowledge has changed and I am privy to what exactly was (and still is) in those products.
I would love to share this knowledge with you so you can make an educated choice. I would also encourage you not to just take my word for but do your own research as well. Environmental Working Group is a great place to start to learn all about ingredients in products. Also, emailing the companies directly for ingredients lists can be extremely helpful. *A word of caution – if a company will not share ingredients with you that is a HUGE red flag. If a company is not willing to be completely transparent, then they have something to hide. I do not ever patronize companies who aren’t transparent. Mine and my family’s health is at stake. I did email Scentsy on November 27, 2016 for an ingredients list for their products, since they are not listed on their website anywhere, and have had no response.
Wax and Wicks
Before I talk about fragrance I want to talk about wax and wicks in candles. Most candle wax is petroleum based (paraffin is a petroleum by-product.) There is no such thing as “high quality” paraffin. This wax is sourced from the refining of crude oil into gasoline. The petroleum sludge that is then left over is then bleached and deodorized to be used as wax for candles and such. In the refining of this petroleum, the process gives off the same soot as a diesel engine does. This kind of wax, when burned, releases Acetaldehyde (the same toxin Candida Yeast releases when dying off), Formaldehyde (increased risk for allergies and asthma), Toluene (a solvent that attacks the Central Nervous System), Benzene (produced from Toluene and causes fatigue, sleepiness, headaches, and nausea and attention disorders) and Acrolein (an herbicide that can change genetic structures). These are all dangerous toxins. When these are polluting our indoor air they are extremely hazardous to our health. Even the EPA says that if multiple candles are burned in a home the pollution exceeds the safe minimum for indoor air.
Most candle wicks have a lead wire core. When that wick is burned lead is released into the air for us to breathe into our lungs, get on our skin and get in our eyes. According to the EPA’s research, “Candles with lead wicks have the potential to generate indoor airborne lead concentrations of health concern. It is also possible for consumers to unknowingly purchase candles containing lead wick cores and repeatedly expose themselves to harmful amounts of lead through regular candle-burning.” Low level lead exposure, which this would be, can lead to neurobehavioral changes, hypertension, kidney disease, increased depression, phobic anxiety symptoms, mood and personality changes, irritability, aggressiveness, changes in sleep patterns, hyperactivity, learning difficulties, difficulty concentrating, memory loss, & lethargy.
Is the candle really worth it?
Fragrance and the Problem With It
There are 3,100+ registered chemicals that are choices to be used in formulating a fragrance. Did you read that? 3,100 chemicals!
When you see the word fragrance on a label for detergent, soap, perfume, candles, air fresheners, dryer sheets or any product it can often have upwards of 100 of those chemicals in it. Fragrance is known as a “cluster ingredient” which means that one word name can contain hundreds of chemical components.
These 3,100 chemicals are ultra toxic to the human body. Lots of them are known carcinogens, endocrine disruptors (thyroid or hormone issues anyone?), reproductive toxicants, and toxic disinfectants. They have been linked to cancer, birth defects, central nervous system disorders, neurological disorders as well as allergies and eczema. Fragrance is in the top 5 allergens when it comes to ingredients.
According to Therese Kerr fragrance has caused semen quality to drop 40%, genital malformations in babies, 400% increase in miscarriage, PCOS, thyroid problems, infertility, endometriosis, ovarian cancer, early puberty and early menopause. Of course fragrance isn’t the sole contributor to all cases as there are many other known causes but fragrance is a big part of the root cause of these problems. She also says that fragrance can mimic hormones (estrogens) and cause our natural, God given hormones to short circuit. Our bodies store toxins in our fat. Fragrance is a toxin and is stored in our fat. Our brain is at least 60% fat. It makes perfect sense why using fragrance throughout our days can cause neurological and CNS disorders. Fragrance is always absorbed into our bodies at 100% rate.
Scentsy and Other Companies Who Use Fragrance
Under the FAQ’s on Scentsy’s website it says “… enhance your home with more than 80 fragrances.” They also say they use both synthetic and naturally derived fragrances. Naturally derived fragrances are things like beaver anal glands for an orange scent. Can you say yum? I really want that floating in my air and lungs. Synthetic, manmade esthers, ketones, lactones, terpenes, bezines, as amines, and aldehydes can be detrimental to long term health. Fragrance has all of these constituents in it.
As I said above, since Scentsy does not share any of their ingredients online, I emailed the company to ask for those ingredients. They have yet to respond.
On their website they talk about using “secret” ingredients. I’m not big on that in this day and age. I understand a proprietary blend where you know the ingredients but you don’t know the amounts but I don’t think it’s ok to have a secret ingredient anymore. It could be anything!
In researching Scentsy’s bar wax, their website says “Scentsy bar wax fragrance contain extremely low levels of non-harmful diethyl phalate (DEP)…” Even at very low levels DEP is a known danger to human development and reproduction, can cause allergies, immunotoxicity and is a known endocrine disruptor. So those little wax melts you have melting in every room of your home, you might want to think about getting rid of them. Trust me, from someone who knows, you don’t want allergies, thyroid problems, or reproductive problems. I have had all of the above and it can be miserable. This toxin DEP is rated number a 3 out of 10 on EWG’s website. It is on the lower end of the scale but in our home we don’t allow anything above a two rating. The more toxins you get out of your home and car the better your health can be. For excellent health it’s important to reduce your toxic load.
Lastly, Scentsy, has a product called Room Sprays that come in a variety of scents. This is what Scentys FAQ’s have to say about their room sprays, “Spray your Room Spray into the center of a well-ventilated room. Make sure you’re familiar with the consumer warning label on the back of the bottle.” There is a warning label on those sprays of course not pictured on the website! You have to buy the bottle to see what it says. With some research (because I refuse to buy it) this is what the label says: EYE IRRITANT – avoid contact with eyes. If eye contact occurs, rinse with water. If irritation persists, contact a physician. Contains fragrance oils that may cause damage. Do not spray on or permit contact with fabrics, or painted or finished surfaces. Do no spray in automobiles or in confined areas.
Friends, do we really think this is freshening our air? It’s not. Instead, it is polluting it to dangerously toxic levels.
Don’t be fooled guys. It’s not just Scentsy. Look at your labels. Many products have fragrances in them. Wallflowers, Glade Plug-Ins, detergents, most candles unless their organic, shampoos, deodorants, lotions, conditioners, cosmetics, perfumes and lots more. Remember the word fragrance is a cluster ingredient and can mean any of upwards of 3,100 synthetic chemicals are included in that one name.
Become a label reader. Be aware of what you’re using and how you are making a deposit into your health bank account or a withdrawal. Vote with your dollars.
My family and I immediately know when we walk into a home that has synthetic air fresheners because we all start having symptoms of runny noses, headaches, restlessness, irritability, sneezing and more. Let’s clean up our indoor air folks!
I will be following up this post with many ideas on safe, non-toxic alternatives to using fragrance filled, petroleum laden, and lead containing synthetic products in your home.