Detox Every Day 10: Go Scent Free

When I visit the East Coast, I am awakened to the world of living with fragrances, which pulls me by the nose into fake smell culture shock.  Because my school is scent free, and our family has been almost entirely scent free for several years, my hippie hound dog nose can smell a fake fragrance a mile away.

Let me give you a whiff of my east coast family when we’re all in one room, prior to dining out (that’s when everyone likes to pepper it on).  Both of my brothers are wearing a different cologne.  Brother’s wife is wearing perfume.  Other brother’s girlfriend is wearing perfume.  Mom is wearing another perfume.  Dad’s wearing his cologne.  Six different sprayed on perfumes, barraging together in a room, makes a volatile chemical mosaic for the olfactory bulb to sniff out.

My family is no different than most people in America.  Our culture is addicted to smelling “lovely” with synthetic fragrances.  We are obsessed with good smell and phobic of bad smells.  We would rather smell like artificial pretty flowers than avoid toxic chemicals, even under our arms.  But our addiction to fake scents comes with a cost.

A scented product uses one of 3,163 chemicals to lure your nose.  One bottle of perfume can contain over 300 chemicals.  You not only inhale these chemicals, but your skin absorbs them too, especially if the fragrant product is applied on the skin.  Even when the smell wears away, the chemicals may still be present.

If you want your body to detox every day you need to stop inundating your body’s detoxification systems with an overwhelming load of synthetic fragrances.  Chemicals, yes, toxic chemicals, are what make all these products smell good.  When your day starts with scented soap, scented shampoo, scented conditioner, scented hair styling products, scented anti-perspirant, and then you put on clothes that were washed with scented laundry detergent (oh, and maybe a spritz of perfume!), you’ve already deluged your body’s detoxification systems before you even step out the door.  When you over load your body with all of these fragrances, you prevent it from being able to detoxify other chemical exposures.  It gets backed up.  Your liver can only handle so much; it has a cap to what it can process in a day.  If you go scent free, you will decrease your chemical exposure and free up all your liver has to process in a day.

If you still want to smell like pretty flowers, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, you can use organic essential oil as a natural fragrance.  You can even mix essential oils to make your own natural scent.  I highly recommend using organic essential oils only, and I will talk about this in an upcoming post.

If you use conventional products, you can always opt for the scent free option.  And by all means, get rid of any product made to make your house smell like clean linen.  There’s nothing good for you in a Glade plug-in.

There are many scent free products available.  Below are a few that I love (no endorsements).  I personally do not use the baking soda and vinegar method for washing and conditioning my hair.  I tried it and it just doesn’t work for my long, curly hair.  I wish it worked though!  I also haven’t tried making my own shampoo and conditioner yet, but it’s on my to-do list.  When I do make it, I’ll be making it from Rosemary Gladstar’s Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health.

What about you?  What scent free products do you love?


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5 Responses

  1. Kelsey M.

    I mostly use Dr. Bronners for shampoo, I used to use Dr. Bronners all-in-one bars for shampoo, body soap, and face soap. I chose to do that for a while because the bar isn’t packaged in plastic….somehow though I got out of the habit. I started making my own toothpaste a while back which works great, I love it and my mouth feels cleaner. I use Toms deodorant which I love but have considered making my own as a way of cutting down on that plastic. An area of my life which I probably need to makeover is my choice in makeup, none of it is organic and it’s probably got ungodly numbers of chemicals in it.


  2. JoAnne Deibert

    This is so important! Scents make me literally SICK… headache, stomach pain… The last time I stayed at my son’s house I woke up with a horrible migraine. I stayed in bed and got worse and worse. I finally got myself outside to breath and felt better. I found the source…a scented candle that was on the bottom shelf of the night stand. It was not lit, and not a strong odor. I have had to leave locations where scented candles were burning. Essential oils are great, no problem….NEVER use liquid potporri….it is awful toxic stuff!!!


  3. Laura Bennet

    Arbonne is scented, but all natural ingredients. I love the FC5 line for my hair, body and face, and the Detox salt scrub.


    Dr. Archer

    Thanks for the tip, Laura! I’ll have to check them out. I do like their make-up quality and mission to be natural and body friendly.


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