3 Eco-Friendly Alternatives to ‘Fragrant’ Toxins Found in Your Home

I’m a bit of a girlie-girl
because I like to smell nice! Over the years I have amassed a perfume collection
from old boyfriends, friends, Christmas presents and purchases I’ve made.  99%
of them are ‘conventional’ fragrances from companies like Marc Jacobs, Estee
Lauder, Clinique and many others.  Since becoming a sustainability advisor, I
discovered that many of these lovely smelling perfumes might not be the most
natural thing to be spraying on my skin!





According to reports released
by The Environmental Working Group – a nongovernmental nonprofit based in
Washington, D.C and Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, exposure to chemicals found in
perfume, cosmetics and personal care products can have negative health
benefits.  For example, exposure to synthetic musks can have hormone-disrupting
and phthlates, a frequent component in many fragrances used in air fresheners,
detergents and cleaning supplies, can also disrupt hormonal systems
Allergic sensitivity to fragrance is a growing health concern and the American
Contact Dermatitis Society named fragrance “Allergen of the Year.”
It’s alarming to read the science behind the not-so-pretty side of the beauty


So what do you do? How do you
smell nice but without rinsing, conditioning, lotion-ing and spritzing yourself
with chemicals?


A great place to start is
educate yourself on what companies have agreed to fully disclose ALL of the
ingredients they put in their products.  Visit the following website to learn
which once have made this commitment:


Secondly, buy scent-free
products and make them smell how you want to
! I recently bought some amazing,
unscented shampoo and conditioner and then added a personalized blend of
essential oils to make them smell amazing!   You can easily do the same with
moisturizing lotions, liquid laundry soap, liquid dish soap and air fresheners.


Here are some of my favorite
‘recipes’ for oil blends:




Shampoo, Conditioner and
Liquid Laundry blend:



  • 10-20 drops each of Lavender,
    Sweet Orange, Red Rose (use more in the laundry water if wanted)
  • Add drops to bottles or laundry
    water prior to filling with clothes. Agitate bottles between hands to mix oils
    in well.



Natural Carpet Deodorizer
Escents Inc. Canada)


  • 10 drops tea tree essential oil
  • 10 drops lemon essential oil
  • 20 drops lavender essential oil
  • 1 – 16 ounce box of baking soda


Mix really well into the baking
soda and sprinkle on the carpet. Leave for 10-20 minutes and then vacuum up.


Natural Hand Sanitizer (via
Escents Inc. Canada)


  • 1.5 cups (375ml)  pure  aloe
    vera gel
  • 1 cup (250ml)  isopropyl alcohol (99%)
  • 25 drops lavender oil
  • 20 drops tea tree oil
  • 12 drops lemon oil

Blend together thoroughly then add to your own hand pump dispensers or portable





Finally, ditch the chemical
based air fresheners and make your own
! Many essential oil companies sell empty
glass or plastic bottles with spray pumps.  Purchase one or two, fill ¾ full of
water and then add a pre-mixed blend of essential oils or blend your own.  This
is really handy for the bathroom on the back of the toilet or for kid’s rooms –
just make sure to agitate the bottle before using it each time.  Another
alternative is to purchase a candle-lit diffuser for rooms such as the bedroom,
living room or dining room (just remember not to leave an open flame
unattended!).  It adds ambience and makes the room smell great!



Learn more about

Tracy Lydiatt
– B.Sc, M.Sc -
The Green
Families Guru
#1 Amazon Bestselling and Award-Winning Author & 2011
Women of Worth – Sustainable Living Award Recipient 


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