Allergies And Perfume
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Article Title: Allergies And Perfume
Author: Roberto Sedycias
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There are various elements that are considered in the
preparation of any perfume. If you are buying perfume, it is
worth being able to understand what the perfume manufacturer
displays on the bottle. To make the right choice, it is worth
knowing what to look for. No one would eat food that was not
clearly labelled, yet many people are uncertain of their
perfume ingredients or the preparation methods that create
them. This is particularly important in modern times when
pollution levels have increased sensitivity and allergy levels.
Firstly, the concentrate of the blend of the perfume that you
choose has a high impact on allergies. If you have intolerance
to the ingredients that create the fragrance, then you can
control this to a degree. The lowest concentrated blend is
found in Eau de Cologne, which has a maximum of 5% pure perfume
ingredients. This means that any reaction will be minimal in
comparison to the other strength perfumes that are available.
The next lowest strength perfume is Eau de Toilette which has a
concentration of between 4% and 10% of perfume ingredients. The
Eau de Perfume will contain between 8% and 15% pure perfume,
whilst any labelled Perfume is the strongest with between 15%
and 25% pure strength ingredients.
All perfumes must state the level of potency on the packaging.
Make sure you are aware of the strength, and try a lighter
compound if you have any adverse reactions. If you have a
reaction to all of the above strengths, then you will need to
consider other factors.
Another reason behind an allergy or reaction may be the
ingredients used in the perfume to create the fragrance.
Synthetic perfume sometimes contains synthetic scents. These
synthetic scents are created to mimic a natural smell, but can
be more easily controlled. Some natural ingredients are
evanescent or short lasting, and so synthetics are used to make
the perfume have more staying power. They also increase the life
span of the perfume, as synthetic ingredients have a longer
shelf life. Although the perfume and its ingredients are
rigorously tested, there may still be an adverse reaction in
some perfume wearers. If this is the case, then look for
perfumes that contain natural ingredients only.
It may not be the perfume causing the reaction, but the base
ingredients. If you have an allergy to the carrier alcohols in
perfume, then natural perfume is your best option. These will
be labelled as either `natural` or `botanical` perfume and
these are becoming much easier to find. The reason behind this
is the rising interest in global environmental and health
issues. Natural perfume is oil and water based, and will not
contain any synthetic ingredients. This reduces the likelihood
of allergic reactions. These have many advantages in that the
perfume is often organic and environmentally friendly also.
However, the disadvantage is that the perfume does not last as
long as the synthetic types; a small price to pay, however, for
Finally, the allergy may actually be due to the natural
ingredients. There is a misconception that all natural things
are safe and good for you, but in reality this is not
necessarily true. Most natural oils in their purest form should
not make contact directly with skin, as they would be harmful.
If certain pure oils have an adverse effect on you, then make
sure you only buy perfume that does not contain them. If you
suddenly develop intolerance to a perfume that you have
previously used, consider other factors in your environment
such as a change in temperature, diet or even washing powder.
The best thing to do when buying perfume is to make sure you
are aware of the ingredients, and make sure you buy according
to what suits your skin type. If you do suffer a reaction from
perfume, consider the elements outlined above and try to
determine the cause. Once the cause is found, it can be
eliminated by choosing a perfume that is right for you.
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