When we smell something – a scent, a perfume, a cooking smell – powerful messages are sent to a part of our brain called the limbic system.
The limbic system comprises a set of structures that are regarded by scientists as playing a major role in affecting mood, memory, behaviour and emotion.
It is often regarded as being the old, or primitive, part of the brain, because these same structures were present within the brains of the very first mammals. This sense is deep! We can see how smell plays such an important role in our memory, mood and emotion.
A fact not lost on the home care industry. Shelves strain under the sheer number of products out there that promise our homes (and ourselves) will be fragrant, fresh, festive and calm. And frankly, manufacturers are none too fussy about ingredients.
Synthetic scents contain harmful chemicals. Air freshener products contain a range of “Volatile Organic Compounds” (VOCs) and not the good organic!
Studies have linked exposure to VOCs to headaches and depression, stomach upsets and even ear aches.
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exposure can damage bone marrow, which can decrease red blood cells and affect immunity. Long-term exposure to airborne benzene has also been linked to increased risk of aneamia and leukaemia.
a known carcinogenic neurotoxin, can irritate the eyes, nose, throat and skin.
Phthalates (used as fixatives):
Easily inhaled or absorbed through the skin, these chemicals accumulate in the body’s fatty tissue and liver, where they can stay for decades. High phthalate levels have been shown to cause low sperm counts and reproductive damage in tests on rats. Nice.
We all love our homes to smell welcoming and at Christmas – festive and seasonal. And we can but without the health risks. There are so many natural and organic products now that a VOC filled spray isn’t even a contender.
Natural products use the pure power of essential oils and natural botanicals, without the addition of chemical nasties. And we don’t believe there is a man-made scent out there that can compete with nature’s own herbs, spices, plants, and flowers that infuse our senses and transport us to summer meadows, or crisp pine forests.
Ditch the chemicals (and the aersosols) this Christmas – and all year round. Here’s some of our best natural and organic products to beautifully fill your home with memory and mood invoking scents.
Made by Coopers – Awaken- Atmosphere Mist with Grapefruit, Orange, Black Pepper, Palmarosa & Frankincense