The Dangers of Perfume and Cologne

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The word “Perfume” derives from the Latin language and means “through the smoke.” This hints of incense, perfumed incense burned to release their scent of fragrance.

Cologne derives from the French word (eau de cologne) meaning “water of Cologne.” Cologne is known today as eau de toilet, meaning “water of the toilet” or “toilet water.” Hmmm! What are we being told here?

Toilet water is “a scented liquid with a high alcohol content used as a skin freshener.”

Ancient people such wore natural fragrances derived from essential oils from flowers. Flowers are Nature’s fragrance and source of fragrance. Many of Nature’s fragrances were derived from flowers from such essential oils as Ylang Ylang, Magnolia Blossoms (Neroli), Rose, Jasmine, Linden, and Lavender. Many other natural scents and fragrances were derived from the likes of Sandalwood, Frankincense, Spikenard, Patchouli, Cinnamon, and Davana whose scents are heavenly or celestial.

However, today we understand perfume to be a solution containing 15% to 30% perfume oils and 70% to 85% alcohol, respectively.

What happened to perfumes between their origin and today? What is the secret? What is the mystery? The answer is: OIL! Yes, oil-based perfumes.

When we look back in history we find that some of the most precious gifts of kings, queens, and other nobility were perfume oils.

However, modern day perfumes and colognes are alcohol based. Alcohol is a toxic solvent, derived from petroleum. Plant-based or essential oils are not.

Oil-based perfumes

Oil penetrates any porous material, e.g. paper, wood, hair, skin, etc.; therefore, oil-based perfumes will penetrate the skin, causing the fragrance to stay. As a solvent, alcohol is a drying agent. Alcohol dries (evaporates) from the most porous material within a short period of time. The difference is that the pleasant, sensuous scent of oil-based perfumes will linger longer in addition to having a therapeutic effect on the body and thus positively impacting human health.

Many of the perfume and cologne ingredients are known irritants and are toxic through skin absorption.

In 1986, the National Academy of Sciences grouped fragrances with insecticides, heavy metals, solvents, food additives and certain air pollutants as the six categories of chemicals that should be given high priority for neurotoxicity testing. According to their report, 95% of chemicals used in fragrances are synthetic compounds derived from petroleum. They include benzene derivatives, aldehydes and many other known toxic substances linked to cancer, birth defects and allergic reactions.

Ethanol is a principal chemical in perfume and cologne (and hair spray, shampoo, shaving cream, soap, and nail polisher) that can cause fatigue, irritation of the eyes and upper respiratory tract, and produce a loss of muscular coordination.

Limonene is another principal chemical found in perfume and cologne (and bar soap, shampoo, hand lotion, and hair spray) that is carcinogenic (cancer-causing). In addition, it can seriously irritate the eyes.

Linalool, also found in perfume and cologne, is a narcotic that causes respiratory disturbances. This chemical contributes to reduced spontaneous motor activity and depression.

Benzyl Acetate is linked to pancreatic cancer, the worst cancer you could develop. Its vapors are irritating to the eyes and the respiratory system. It can also be absorbed through the skin causing systemic effects.

Toulene is used in many perfumes and colognes on the market today. It is a solvent that causes headaches and is a reproductive system toxin. It is on the list of chemicals deemed hazardous under Proposition 65.

Synthetic oils

Synthetic oils such as Egyptian Musk, Arabian Musk, African Musk, Powder, etc. are not better alternatives to perfume and cologne. There are even synthetic versions of natural oils such as Sandalwood, Frankincense, and Patchouli. You can tell the difference between synthetic oils and authentic essential oils by the price, color, smell and density of the oil.

Essential oils

All essential oils do not cost the same. Most are pretty economical and some are diabolically expensive, i.e. Rose, Neroli, Linden, Jasmine, Lotus, and True Melissa. However, there will be noticeable changes in price with essential oils, whereas with synthetic oils (mostly sold on street corners, at flea markets, and in Muslim markets) they are roughly the same in price (c. $5 – $10) despite the fragrance or scent. This is the greatest indicator of purchasing synthetic and unauthentic oils.

Unlike synthetic oils and perfumes and colognes, essential oils are therapeutic and affect us on many levels, including mental, emotional, spiritual, and physiological. They are safe (most of them) to use on the skin as technically speaking, we should be able to eat everything we put on our skin as what we put on our skin is considered consuming or eating in nature.

Remember, essential oils are derived from plants. Many of them can be skin irritants and damage (inflame) skin if directly applied or absent a carrier or base oil, i.e. olive oil, almond oil, etc.

By wearing only natural essential oils, you can help to revive your dulled sense of olfaction that was dulled by smelling synthetic fragrances most of your life.

Wearing perfume and cologne is one of the many reasons folks need to periodically detoxify their body.

If you’re interested, we list health companies that sell healthy alternatives to harmful perfumes and colognes in our “Alternative Diet and Lifestyle Manual” Alternative Diet and Lifestyle Manual available in our On-line Store.

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    Q: Essential oils - Some essential oils have an effect on the male hormonal or sexual reproductive system and can be inhaled directly into the nose, burned in a diffuser, or applied to the bath water or the body itself. What are some of these oils and do you sell them?

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    Sexually stimulating essential oils include NEROLI, ROSE, YLANG YLANG, DAVANA, COMBAVA, JASMINE,PATCHOULI, and SANDALWOOD.

    Dherbs.Com does not sell these oils individually; but we do have great inhalers made of them. Check out our inhalers on our site (on-line store).

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    Q: I have read that Peppermint, Lavender, Rosemary and Sage essential oils are all good for hair and stimulating hair growth. Would it be more beneficial to use them all at once for maximum result or should I just use the Rosemary and Sage only as you suggested? Also, I didn?t see any Almond oil so I was wondering if I could use Olive oil or Jojoba oil as a carrier oil.

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    Yes they are great for stimulating hair growth; however, I would use them together or combined. ANY natural edible oil can be used - it's YOUR choice. Jojoba and/or sesame seed oil are the best oils for the hair.

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    Q: Where can I purchase Essential Oils?

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    Aura cassia brand of essential oils are available at whole Foods Market. You can also find individual essential oils at most good health food stores, i.e. New Frontiers (Arizona), Erewhon (Los Angeles, CA), Sevenanda (Atlanta, GA), PCC Natural Health Stores (Seattle, WA), Papa Jon's (Long Beach, CA). Essential oils are also sold at "Soothe Your Soul" in Redondo Beach, California (www.sootheyoursoul), "The Crsytal Matrix" in Los Angeles, CA (www.crystalmatrix.com), and "AromaTherapeutix" in Seal Beach, CA (www.aromatherpeutix.com). Dherbs.com sells essential oil-based products. Visit On-Line store and go to the "ESSENTIAL OIL BATH DROPS PAGE"

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    Q: I've been taking all the hair vitamin's, minerals, and oils you recommended, but my hair is still thinning. Also, I've noticed that my pubic hair was also thinning. What can I do? Why is this happening?

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    Sounds like your hormonal system is impaired. Feed (nourish) your ovaries. Consider performing the Total Woman Cleanse and then afterwards, take 3 capsules of Female Hormonal Formula and Electric Greens Cell Formula each, daily.

    Product Links:
    Total Woman Cleanse
    Female Hormonal Formula

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    Q: What is the best way for a Vegan to get vit? B 12? What do you think about essential oils? Have you heard of the Young Living brand? I work with a woman who says she has eczema, but it is deep purple and very painful. I have never seen anything like it, but her doctors want to try chemo to get rid of it. Doctors are so brilliant. Why do so many people go to get punished by them?

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    FOR B12, EAT PLENTY OF GREEN VEGETABLES OR TAKE VITAMIN B 12. I HAVE HEARD OF YOUNG LIVING BRAND. ESSENTIAL OLIS ARE ESSENTIAL OILS. YOUNG LIVING IS JUST A BRAND. THE OILS ARE THE SAME. YL OFFERS GOOD OILS. I ENDORSE THEM! GOOD GOD ALMIGHTY! CHEMOTHERAPY FOR ECZEMA? PLEASE TELL ME YOUR FRIEND HAS BRAINS AND KNOWS NOT TO FALL FOR THIS. PLEASE HAVE HER READ MY ARTICLE ON â€ECZEMAâ€. I STAY AWAY FROM DOCTORS AT ALL COSTS!

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    Q: Thank you. I read the article on the ear and the following quote 'At Dherbs.Com we manufacturer and offer a very effective therapeutic healing ear oil that contains herbs, essential oils, and crystals and which can be used by infants, toddlers, young children, teens, adults, and elders alike.' Can you please give me the name of this oil?

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    It's the CHILDREN & INFANT EAR OIL EXTRACT

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    Q: Could you please tell me if you recommend castor oil or black currant seed oil to be used with the PARASITE FORMULA and at what quantity ( 1 tsp or more?) Also, can you tell me your thoughts bad and good on black currant seed oil? And does either of these oils ingested cause weight gain because of the fatty content? Just trying to get a better understanding of these oils and the benefits and drawbacks of them.

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    Go with castor oil over black currant seed. These oils don't induce weight gain!

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    Q: My daughter has eczema that NEVER goes away. I need to do a blood cleanse and cannot find any suitable for her age group. I saw your children?s full body cleanse. Does this include the blood cleanse? Would this be sufficed? I also was wondering if you could recommend anything I can use topically to stop her itching? I am currently using oil of oregano mixed with EVOO at night for the bacteria and a mixture of oils to try to hydrate her skin during the day. I have tried everything and NOTHING works except steroid creams which I do not want to use. Please let me know your recommendations.

    A:

    My son had a very bad case of eczema (scratched so much he bled). He was cured/healed in 6 months. Purchase the Children's Detox and give him the liquids in water or apple juice. For external application, purchase Oz Oil (this is what helped to heal my son's skin inflammation) and rub this on her body a few times during the day. Bathe the child in warm water and sea salt (start of with one box). You can also bathe the child in herbs. Boil some Dherbs Detox Tea (2-4 bags) in a big pot. Let it cool down and pour the contents of the pot into the bath water. Let the child soak in this for about 30 minutes. Your child can heal! I saw a miracle performed with my son so I know eczema like all other diseases can be healed!

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    Q: In your Q&A area you suggest to take Black Current and Hempseed oils to replace fish oil. I'm looking on your sight for a specific product but don't see anything. What specific product do I use?

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    We don't sell oil-based products for internal use (outside of Oz-Oil).

    Product Link:
    Oz Oil

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    Q: I am on day 17 of the Full Body Detox. It has been wonderful, although I have slipped up and made some bad food choices I have been able to stick to eating salads and Fruit and nuts. I have lost 5 pounds overall. I have Cogan's Syndrome. I stopped taking my azathioprine, Iron pill, and fish oils while on the Detox. I feel great aside from my Tinnitus in my left ear is ringing tremendously loud. Other than that I feel great. My skin looks so much better. My prednisone steroid hump in my back has gone away. My teeth look whiter. My eyes are whiter. Blemishes are gone. I just don't know what to do after I am done with this detox. I know that I need to continue with this particular diet because it is good to & for me. I can do that, however I just don't want to have low iron, tinnitus, or vertigo spells. What would you recommend I take after the full body cleanse. My mother has seen a difference in me and so has my husband. I love this, I can't wait to see my rheumatologist so he can tell me that my Cogan's Syndrome is in remmission. What should I do next?

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    Thank you for sharing this with us. We're so happy to hear that the cleanse is going well for you. We suggest trying the Ear Oil to help bring relief from tinnitus. You can also try the Joint Aid and the MSM Sulfur to help specifically help address arthritis. If you're experiencing eye issues from Cogan's Syndrome we suggest using the Eye Formula. Continuing with a balanced diet is best as it is responsible for some of the success you were able to achieve with the cleanse. We suggest consuming two raw meals a day and one of your choice to help continue the healing process.

    Please take the time to read the article:

    Arthritis-http://www.dherbs.com/articles/causes-arthritis-34.html

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    MSM Sulfur -http://www.dherbs.com/store/msm-sulfur-p-49.html

    Joint Formula - http://www.dherbs.com/store/f-formula-p-42.html

    Eyes Formula -http://dherbs.com/store/eyes-formula-p-28.html

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    Q: When I use the OZ OIL my outer skin is very soft and subtle. However deep down in the skin I feel very itchy. I have been assuming this is the effect of the oil doing its job. After a few weeks I got the feeling that I should try to loofa off the top layers of skin so the under skin could rejuvenate its self. I suppose I am writing because I want to check to make sure that the deep itching truly is a positive healing process before I purchase another bottle. Also to prompt you for any other ideas you might have to help my condition. It is purely beauty based btw I don't have any skin illness.

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    The itching is a natural side effect that a healing crisis is taking place. Keep using the Oxy Oil at your discretion.

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    Q: I was online searching for some natural treatments for hair growth in Black Men when I came across your article. I must say that I believe it was so on point that I decided not to look any further. I'm 44 years of age and started noticing my hair thinning when about 12 years ago. I was one of those that you wrote about in your article chasing a lifestyle that is no longer an interest to me. I did fall into some bad habits that were not good for my health off and on over the past 15 years or so more off than on. My body type I would describe as athletic. I'm tone, and strong when I exercise regularly. I'm about 150lbs @ 5'11". My diet is mostly vegetables but from time to time I feel I have to eat fish or chicken. Not necessarily prepared in the healthiest way I'm sure. I just got out of one of my "on" spells so to speak. Meaning the drinking of beer and cigarettes. I've been smoking and drinking beer now since September 2006 after not having done anything but live healthy for six years before that. As soon as my wife and I came back to the states and started working and runnign again these old destructive habits appeared again in my life. I only blame myself though. Right now my hair and skin suffer from the chemical poisoning from the habits that I just mentioned. I am prepared to take your advice about righteous living to heart and start fresh again. Is there a mild remedy that can work with me to stimulate the re-growth of my hair in the spots where it is balding in that classic balding pattern? I am generally very healthy when I doing right and even now rarely get sick. But my sickness manifest in stress and bad habits to num the pain of having to live this way when don't really want to. I quit the job that I've been working for the past 4 years for that reason and have been blessed to have some time not to grind everyday chasing after money. Now is a crucial time of healing for me, and I must take full advantage of the time. Moderation is in order for whatever you can suggest for me in the way of herbal remedies. I am sure that you can prescribe a simple overall regiment for my overall health based on what I have shared with you with an emphasis on the hair and skin. Again, thank you for writing the article. Call or write. The sooner the better.......Thank You!!

    A:

    I would say first detox with the FULL BODY DETOX and get your diet right CONSISTENTLY! Constantly clean your temple! This is key! Next, perform the TOTAL MALE CLEANSE. After this, do a daily regimen of HAIR SKIN NAILS FORMULA, ELECTRIC GREENS CELL FOOD, KHEMETIAN GOLD, and MSM SULFUR. Forgive yourself of past self-inflicted harm! Stop worrying about your hair loss. Start visualizing your hair growing back. If you can see it, you will achieve it! The mind is all and problems and remedies begin in the mind! BTW: we offer phone consultations if you're interested.

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    Q: Over the last 2 yrs I've been interested in taking a more holistic approach to my health. I heard a radio ad for the dherbs website in NC where I live. At any rate, after perusing the site, I know there are several products I want to use but I don't want to take a large quantity of supplements at once. I am interested in doing a detox and colon cleanse. I want to improve the health of my eyes. I am very mucus laden and don't want to have an invasive procedure done that ENT/Sinus doctors are suggesting so I would like to do something more natural to clear that head congestion. I also have oily skin and have struggled with acne most of my life and my hair is not manageable so I would like to do something about skin/hair. With the multiple areas that I'm trying to improve, what's the best regime for me without having to take a lot of products together at once?

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    Start your healing journey by: 1. Change your diet (Go raw foods/vegan: no meats, no dairy products, etc.) 2. Perform the FULL BODY DETOX 3. After the FBD, take daily EYES FORMULA, MUCUS BUSTER FORMULA and ELECTRIC GREENS CELL FOOD.

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    Q: Please tell me what I can do for a skin condition called keratosis pilaris. Which is the hardening of the hair follicles causing them to be red and hard. Also known as chicken skin as told my dermatologist and physicians that say there is no cure for it...which I know is a lie straight from the pit of hell. I have had it all my life & is VERY embarrassing. I have started by ordering your OZ OIL. Is there something else I should do?

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    Perform the FULL BODY DETOX for starters. Perform the kit and when you're done, please contact us again and we will direct you in the direction you need to go in for your healing!

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    Q: So what are the essential nutrients and what products do you have or that I can buy that will do what is need to resolve this skin problem??

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    THE ESSENTIAL NUTRIENTS ARE ALL 102 MINERALS (CALCIUM, POTASSIUM, SODIUM, MAGNESIUM, ZINC, IRON, ETC.), VITAMINS, AMINO ACIDS, B-VITAMINS, ETC. FOR THE SKIN PROBLEM, I SUGGEST PERFORMING THE FULL BODY DETOX FOR STARTERS. APPLY OZ OIL EXTERNALLY TO THE FACE, ESPECIALLY AFTER A GOOD FACIAL WASH AND SCRUB.

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    Q: I am having really bad dry skin problems. My scalp is very dry and I can pull huge chucks of skin out of my hair. My fore head is peeling and around my nose area is peeled off and has left me with red raw skin around my nose. I wanted to know what should I do to help solve my dry skin problem?

    A:

    Wewould suggest you perform our Full Body Detox. Also, purchase the Full Body Cleanse Companion booklet and perform some of the soaks mentioned in there. The best soak is to soak in 2-3 boxes of sea salt and 1 cup of hydrogen peroxide for about an hour per day. After getting out of the tub, rub our Oxy-Oil over your entire body to help the skin breathe.

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    Q: I went on a business trip to a not so clean hotel and came back with these mites. I tried to treat them with a common cream (I cannot think of the name right now). It worked but I did not realize then that you were supposed to use a follow up application a week later. They are back, and now seem to be immune to it. I?ve read about neem and karanja oils, and I have tried them, but I am not sure I am doing it right. Any suggestions?

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    Bathe in hot water, 2-3 boxes of sea salt, 7 drops of tea tree oil, 3 drops of Eucalyptus oil, and half a cup of hydrogen peroxide daily.

    You can also perform our Parasite & Worm Cleanse to detoxify your body from harmful invaders.

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    Q: I would like to know what herbs you advise I should take for: healthy skin/even skin tone, hair growth and weight loss. I am pregnant at the moment but I would like to use herbs in approx 10 weeks. I am from England, I'm A 25 year old black woman who is beginning to take my health seriously! what foods do you advise I take out of my diet?

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    Please read our "PRE-NATAL HEALTH" article for the answers you desire! This is a common inquiry for us so we created an article on the subject matter.

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    Q: Do you have any facial products for sensitive acne prone skin, fragrance free oil?

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    Facial products are coming to Dherbs.com very soon. Try bentonite clay for now. Great for acne!

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    Q: I've made a lifestyle change about 8 months ago. I excluded all dairy, wheat, grains, gluten, legumes, sugar, oils (except olive oil). I still eat minimum amount of meat (chicken, fish) maybe 2 -3 times/wk. I'm slowly trying to eliminate meat totally as I only use to make my meals more filling. My plan is to do Ozone Therapy midway through the detox program, which also rid the body of toxins.

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    Ozone therapy is beneficial!