Everyday products such as air fresheners, candles, and perfumes often contain potentially toxic substances, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Freshen up with these safe alternatives to synthetic fragrance no-nos.
Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) found in air fresheners can irritate the eyes, nose, and throat, and cause headaches.
Try: Gaiam House Odor Absorber, a nontoxic solid air freshener that neutralizes household odors using volcanic minerals. Fresh-smelling, biodegradable Seaside Naturals Air Freshener in peppermint uses pure essential oils.
Some conventionally scented candles may expose you to toxic chemicals such as formaldehyde and acetaldehyde, which can irritate the eyes, nose, and throat. Formaldehyde also can cause nausea and breathing difficulties.
Try: BsaB Sweet Basil Soy Candle, which uses essential oils and soy wax to deliver a gentle, fresh scent.
Perfumes, deodorants, and scented body sprays can contain phthalates, chemicals that have been linked to organ damage, and parabens, which may cause cancer and impair fertility.
Try: Bubble & Bee Organic Geranium Lime Pit Putty Deodorant, made of organic arrowroot powder, coconut oil, lime essential oil, and geranium essential oil. Lush Cosmetics Karma Perfume uses lemongrass, orange oil, patchouli, and pine for its fresh scent and is made from nonanimal-tested ingredients.