Perfumes and fragrances have been around for centuries. There is evidence that the use of perfumes dates back to 3300BC. These fragrances were made from distilled flowers, oils and herbs. Modern production of perfumes began in the late 19th century where extracts from plants such as vanilla (known as vanillin) were produced. These days the demand for vanillin is so high that over 10, 000 tons of vanillin is sourced via chemical synthesis – generally a bi-product of wood pulp using sulphites to extract the compound.
Although its lovely to smell pretty do you actually know what’s in your celebrity created perfume? And what about your friends? Got that BFF who bathes in perfume every day? These scents could be causing toxicity in you! According to a 1991 study by the US Food and Drug Administration, 95% of the 4000 chemicals used in fragrances are derived from petroleum and other toxic chemicals. Read More