Fragrances

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1- Some Current Main Components Used:

  • Dimethicone: Also called polymethylsiloxane, it is a medication used to heal or prevent itchiness, dryness, and other minor skin irritations. It is an emollient which is a substance that moisturizes and softens the skin. Dimethicone is a skin protectant that has skin-conditioning agents and the properties of a lubricant. 
  • Glycerin: Also known as glycerol, glycerin is a sugar alcohol that can be easily obtained from natural sources. It plays the role of a humectant: meaning it retains moisture in the upper layer of the skin and prevents premature moist from cosmetics. Glycerin has great moisturizing properties as well as it contains cleansing agents. It can also be found in personal care products such as soaps, toothpastes, and hair conditioners. 
  • Petrolatum: Also known as petroleum jelly and white petrolatum, this chemical  is a semisolid mixture of hydrocarbons obtained from petroleum. Originally, it was promoted as a topical ointment given the fact its healing properties. Petrolatum is an ingredient used in many cosmetics to soothe and heal many unpleasant ailments such as toenail fungus, nosebleeds and diaper rash. The chemical is known for slowing the transepidermal water loss from the skin by building a barrier on its surface.
  • Fragrance: Fragrance ingredients in cosmetics must meet the same requirements for safety as other cosmetic ingredients: they must be safe for consumers when they are used according to labeled directions. Some components of fragrance formulas may have a potential to cause allergic skin reactions or sensitivities for some people. 
  • Glyceryl Stearate: Also known as Glyceryl Stearate SE, is a lipid product of glycerin and stearic acid. It is white or cream-colored and is a self-emulsifying wax-like solid. It acts as a lubricant on the skin’s surface which leads to a soft and smooth appearance. Glyceryl stearate is widely used in sunscreen products, makeup bases and foundations, lotions, creams and powders.
  • Butane: This ingredient is an organic compound. It is an odorless and colorless gas that is commonly used in cosmetics and personal care products

2- Some Current  Hazardous Components to Avoid:

  • Petrolatum: Also known as petroleum jelly and white petrolatum, this chemical  is a semisolid mixture of hydrocarbons obtained from petroleum. Originally, it was promoted as a topical ointment given the fact its healing properties. Petrolatum is used to soothe and heal many unpleasant ailments such as toenail fungus, nosebleeds and diaper rash. The chemical is known for slowing the transepidermal water loss from the skin by building a barrier on its surface. It also does wonders for the hair as it enhances its appearance and increase its suppleness.
  • Fragrance: Fragrance ingredients in cosmetics must meet the same requirements for safety as other cosmetic ingredients: they must be safe for consumers when they are used according to labeled directions. Some components of fragrance formulas may have a potential to cause allergic skin reactions or sensitivities for some people.

3- Natural Alternatives:

  • Essential Oils: Essential oils are an effective alternative for a perfume. The commercial perfumes tend to use synthetic organics which are not the skin’s best friend, feel free to use essential oils while making your own homemade perfume. Make sure to keep in mind that not all essential oils are safe, some of them are also toxic even in low doses, as for example jasmine essential oil.
  • Base Oils: While making your own natural perfume, you need to use base oils. Jojoba oil or sweet almond oil are said to be the best carrier for perfumes as not only do they smell good, but they are also soft and kind to your skin. Before you purchase your base oil, keep in mind that there are some oils have a relatively short shelf life compared to others.

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