How smelling good could be harmful?

Perfumes can be defined as substances that emit and dispersed a pleasant and fragrant odour. Perfume is used by many people to help themselves feel more positive, confident and attractive. Though, some people do not know that their body is allergic to perfume or regular use is at risk of poisoning. Those chemicals are strong and persistent. Perfumes and fragrances are extremely popular. As we all know there are many people who can’t even think about leaving the house without a little spray. By 2024, the global fragrance market, which comprises perfume, deodorant and antiperspirant is predicted to have cost USD$92 billion.

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Perfume Poisoning

Perfumes tend to draw on necessary oils in their formation, but it also consists of several chemicals (many of them are known and probable carcinogens) that our outright health hazards. The fragrance is pointed out as the new second-hand smoke. And for very good reason. This isn’t just about you and your preferences. Your perfume habit disturbs everyone around you – including children who are at the highest risk health-wise.

Poisoning and Allergies:

Perfumes are usually made from fragrances and chemicals, with unhealthy ingredients that may not be listed on the packaging. Thus, disclosure of unknown ingredients is often the cause of skin allergies, increased skin sensitivity and the risk of poisoning.
Fragrance ingredients that are not precisely declared have potential health risks. Because they have not been tested for elements risky to humans. Not only are synthetic chemical components unhealthy for the body. But natural ingredients also pose harm to health. In addition, most perfumes consist of high amounts of alcohol, which can be ethanol or another type of alcohol. This alcohol is used as a preservative and stabilizer for the relevant scent in perfumery. If you or your child unintentionally swallows about 30ml of this alcohol-containing water, there is a risk of poisoning involving emergency treatment.
It is because of the unknown contents, the potential for harm and some of the ingredients that have been proven to be risky to the body that regular contact with perfumes has the risk of causing the following:

Allergy to Water Flower:

An approximated 2% of the world’s population is allergic to fragrances, which are ingredients or constituents in perfumes. Perfume allergy is similar to when you are allergic to specific foods or drugs. It will cause a number of symptoms ranging from mild to severe when inhaled or directly exposed to the fragrance which causes an allergic reaction response. Especially, this allergy will be more severe for people with a history of asthma, and sensitive skin.

Risk of perfume poisoning:

The ingredients or composition in perfume also have the potential to cause poisoning. It also affects to the central nervous system, in pregnant women. In addition, in the ingredients of perfumes, there may be substances that affect the endocrine system, and respiratory sensitizers, causing wheezing or asthmatic symptoms (asthma). When a person uses his or her perfume, not only the person himself is affected, but it also has the possibility of affecting other people in the same space, specially enclosed spaces. So maybe many people cannot find the reason why they generally have allergic rhinitis, and skin rashes, this can also be the cause of quiet exposure to perfume through the air.
perfume poisoning

Zirwas, M. J. (2019). Contact dermatitis to cosmetics. Clinical Reviews in Allergy & Immunology, 56, 119-128.

Symptoms of Perfume Poisoning and Perfume Allergy:

When using perfume too much or a person is allergic to certain ingredients in perfume, it can cause symptoms such as:

  • Perfume poisoning may develop due to accidental ingestion. Perfume is used too much. At this time, the body will show the same symptoms like difficulty keeping balance, people swaying when walking, Stuttering- not speaking with clarity. The breathing smells of alcohol, Nausea or vomiting, Worse than coma.
  • Allergies from contact or touch with perfume signs can range from severe to mild, depending upon how allergic you are to the perfume that you are using.
    The problem of headaches from mild to severe. Skin itching, skin irritation and also possible skin rash. Dizziness and body weakness. Body aches and muscle aches. Red eyes with Watery and itchy. Sneezing, runny nose, coughing, and sneezing when applying perfume. Causes allergic rhinitis. Also Nausea and vomiting. Panting, shortness of breath, severe related to anaphylaxis with a risk of death.
  • Perfume-induced contact dermatitis is a situation in which the skin reacts to an irritant, especially those with sensitive skin. Symptoms such as Rash or pimples at the contact site. Itching or peeling of the skin, redness or scalding-like presence of the skin where the perfume came in contact.


Risk of Perfume Poisoning and Perfume Allergies:

Perfume brand is not always reliable or safe. Even natural ingredients are possibly harmful to the body. Thus, it is possible to use a number of measures to limit or check the impact of perfumes such as:
Minimize or reduce the use and contact with perfumes or fragrances containing delicate ingredients. Attentively check the ingredients on the label to avoid using them when there are harmful or allergenic ingredients. Tell others who work or live in your environment some of the disadvantages that perfume cause, helping you avoid the risk of quiet exposure to perfume. Use fans to avoid and prevent the smell of perfume from clinging or adherent to your private space. Keep your perfume out of the reach of children to prevent the risk of poisoning from ingesting perfume. Perfume poisoning does not happen generally, but it also has the potential to vigorously affect the body. Perfume allergies, it is totally common, so if you suspect or have ever had a fragrance allergy, you should avoid using or passive contact or touch with perfume.

Perfume Poisoning


Contact dermatitis generally resolves itself before it needs treatment. When you’re no longer in touch with the substance that’s triggering you, your symptoms should diminish. Treatments are as follows-

  • washing your skin with soft, dye-free soap and lukewarm water
  • softening the area with a hypoallergenic, natural product like calamine lotion, aloe vera, or coconut oil
  • using hydrocortisone cream, such as Benadryl, until the itching diminish

Perfumes can be defined as substances that emit and dispersed a pleasant and fragrant odour. Exposure to fragrances can cause various reactions including contact dermatitis, urticaria (hives), photoallergy and skin discolouration (dyschromia).

To summarize, smelling good can come at the cost of your health. So be careful; use limited perfumes!

Team MBD


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