If you’re not already familiar with the difference between natural and artificial fragrances, here’s the scoop: Artificial fragrances are made synthetically in a lab, using a vast variety of chemicals and petrochemicals (you guessed it, chemicals made from petroleum), whereas natural fragrances are made from oils that come directly from plants, through expression (like squeezing lime peels, for example) or through distillation.
In today’s fragrance industry, there are at least 5,000 different chemicals used in the manufacture of products and only 16% of the cosmetics on the market have been tested for toxicity. To protect perfume companies from revealing their trademark formula, chemicals attributed to the fragrant recipe - sometimes as many as 600 chemicals - are not required to be listed individually under the ingredients list - they simply list it as ‘fragrance’.
Phthalates are chemical plasticizers that preserve fragrance and enhance absorption and are commonly found in synthetic perfumes. Consequently, when the perfume is absorbed through the skin, phthalates enter the bloodstream and can be very toxic to your health.