How to Create a Healthy Home – Petroleum Based Fragrances…

Your Journey Toward a Healthy Lifestyle Begins in Your Home and in Your Body.

You are focused on being healthy, but are you aware of the hidden dangers that lurk in your home?


Fragrances used in products are safe, right?

Our homes are filled with products that contain fragrances including skin care products, cleaning products, perfumes, hair care products, paper products, air fresheners, candles, plastics and laundry products. When you look at the labels of these products you will only see fragrance listed as an ingredient because the actual formulas are trade secrets.

When you think of fragrances you visualize fields of fresh flowers or a bush covered in blooms, but what you should really be picturing is oil wells and hazardous waste. That is because fragrances are created in labs from petroleum based chemicals that are used to synthetically recreate the scents that are found in nature. There can be hundreds of chemical ingredients used to create just one fragrance and ninety-five percent of those chemicals are derived from petroleum. Many of these chemicals are on the EPA’s Hazardous Waste List and are the same as those found in cigarette smoke.

Symptoms of Sensitivity to Fragrances:

When these products are applied to or make contact with the skin, the chemicals are absorbed into our bloodstream. When these chemicals are inhaled they go directly into the bloodstream and then to our organs and brain. Because there are so many products containing fragrances the amount of people who have sensitivities to fragrances continue to rise. Children and people with illnesses are the most vulnerable. If you have a reaction to a product odds are that you are reacting to the fragrances used in it. You may experience one or many of these symptoms:

  • fatigue
  • weakness
  • hives
  • allergies
  • poor coordination
  • slurred speech
  • drowsiness
  • dermatitis
  • hay fever
  • dizziness
  • poor concentration
  • eczema
  • cough
  • chest tightness
  • headaches
  • rashes
  • swollen glands
  • muscle aches and spasms
  • heart palpitations
  • watery eyes
  • sore throat
  • nausea
  • stomach cramps
  • vomiting
  • asthma attacks
  • kidney damage
  • liver damage
  • seizures
  • loss of consciousness
  • birth defects
  • cancer

The cosmetics industry can use almost anything as an ingredient and market products without FDA approval. Some chemicals are allowed only at certain levels, but these levels accumulate if you are using many products containing chemicals. Unscented may mean that there are fragrances used to mask the scent or the scent has been chemically removed. It does not mean that there aren’t fragrances used in the the product and definitely does not mean they have less chemicals in them.


Clean has no smell!

  • Use products that do not contain fragrances.
  • Use products that are scented with essential oils.
  • Make-your-own cleaning products. Click HERE to download directions.
  • Make-your-own air fresheners. Click HERE for the article and directions.
  • Use fragrance-free, paraben-free, preservative-free personal care products.
  • Substitute essential oils for perfume.
  • Use reusable dryer sheets. Click HERE to purchase.

Click HERE to download a list of Chemicals to Avoid.

This is part of a series of articles on How to Create a Healthy Home based on the New York Times best selling book “The Healthy Home”. For more information about “The Healthy Home” click HERE.

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Be Healthy,


About Heather Lentz

Your Journey Begins Here…We Be Healthy supports you in your journey towards a healthy lifestyle through Low-Glycemic Cooking (& Eating), High Quality Nutritional Supplements, Jumpstart 5-Day Carb Cleanse, Healthy Energy Drinks, Preservative-Free Skin Care, Reducing Your Toxic Load and Creating a Healthy Home. Although I am still on my healing journey, I am now taking others along with me.
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14 Responses to How to Create a Healthy Home – Petroleum Based Fragrances…

  1. Sheila says:

    Heather, thank you for sharing important information about how to reduce the hidden toxins in our home with homemade cleaning solutions and providing the education of chemicals to avoid. Such valuable information!

  2. Your ongoing series has been so helpful in moving me toward a healthier home and lifestyle. I love the idea that “Clean has no smell!” How easily we have forgotten that with all the air freshened and cleaning products that we have been using. Thanks for all of the great resources that are so simple to do on our own.

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    • I’m glad you enjoyed the article Jennifer. It is easy to forget about clean having no smell when there are fragrances everywhere. I’m so glad I was able to help you move toward creating a healthier home and lifestyle. 😉

  3. Heather – I learn something new every time I visit. I had no idea there were reusable dryer sheets, definitely going to check those out. We use the unscented ones, but now I’m wondering how exactly they are un-scented!

    • Hi Christie. I’m glad you find the articles helpful. You will have to check out your “unscented” dryer sheets. You never know. I love the reusable ones. I’m glad I could make you aware of them. 😉

  4. Heather this is great. It is so often overlooked and dismissed when we think of creating a healthy lifestyle. Fragrance and chemical free can be the difference between staying stuck and thriving.
    I love sharing the story of how the quality of my hair changed when I finally started using chemical, fragrance (except for essential oils) shampoos and conditioners. I finally got the hair I always dreamed of. Who knew I had it. I just need to free if of the chemical soup I was bathing it in.

    • Thanks for your comments Laurie. I think this is a topic that gets overlooked for everyone. I had a similar experience once I changed my hair care products. I love that you call it a “chemical soup”. I have also given up hairspray and I don’t miss it a bit. People have asked me what I am doing different with my hair that they really like it since I gave up the hairspray. I guess less is more. 😉

  5. Ah yes, a subject near and dear to my heart! Since my first cancer dx in 2007, I completely ditched ALL “regular” over the counter cosmetics, lotions, shampoos, cleaners, etc. If you start one product at a time, it is must more cost-effective (unlike me who did it pretty fell-swoop!) – just replace the items as they run out with better choices. Easy-peasy! Thanks for a great post and for spreading the good news about cleaning our homes and bodies the best way possible!!!
    xo, Tina

  6. SO INSIGHTFUL! We strive to create the safest environment for our family and even our pets and it was almost appalling to see all the chemicals that we use in our daily lives and what effects they can have on us. Maybe the bug we think we have is a reaction to liquids, cleaners or other chemicals we use around the home!? I particularly loved the comment – clean doesn’t have a smell! We have associated the scent of Febreeze with being fresh, Windex with being clean and more. What if we just breathe the clean air? Thank you for the tips to make your own products! I sense I will be trying some of these out in the near future!


    • You’re right Anastasia, that bug we feel might be chemically induced from the products we use in our homes. Now that I have removed them from my home when I smell them on others or at their homes I feel sick from them. I have to avoid the cleaning isle in the grocery store and perfume counters because of how strong the smell is. Once you have been away from it you would not believe how strong they really are when you get back in contact with it. You nose and brain tell you to get away. They know that the smell is toxic. Dr Wentz always says “Your Nose Knows”. Let me know how my tips worked out for you. 😉

  7. Lazarus says:

    You are just full of wisdom!!! I threw away my expensive perfume last year. I was very connected to it as it mixed with my skin and smelled divine on me….but once you learn something you can’t unlearn it. I’m reminded here of all the products we really have to pay attention to. Thank you again for sharing your expertise!

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