Stop the Madness
Have you been concerned about the GMO’s, parabens, phenoxyethanol, sorbates, benzoates, phthalates, sulfated and ethoxylated surfactant detergents, chemical “fragrance,” synthetic caprylic fatty acids, cetyl-this and cetearyl-that, ethyl-hexyl-what, and other hard-to-pronounce chemicals that litter the glut of “all natural” and “organic” personal care products that you find on web sites and in health food stores? Relax! None of these icky conventional synthetic cosmetic chemicals are allowed in USDA certified organic products. For your peace of mind, allow us to present our newest addition to our Terressentials family of organic certified products, recommended for newborns and adults...introducing our Terressentials Fragrance-free Baby Body Care products—genuine certified organic purity and gentle skin cleansing and nourishing botanicals without added essential oils!
Why is fragrance-free an important consideration for your newborn’s personal care? We have learned much over the past two decades about how scents and natural pheromones can influence the developing brain and body of infants and we’d like to share our important findings with you.
We know that humans evolved over millions of years alongside the plants and flowers of our planet and we all are programmed via our genetic coding to recognize the multi-flora that surrounds us. So, natural, specifically, certified organic plant essences and flower, fruit and other botanical volatile oils work in harmony with our bodies and help to keep us healthy and balanced. In addition to recognizing our world’s natural botanical essence molecules, we are born with coding to recognize and react to the natural human pheromone molecules emitted by the people that surround us.
What is a pheromone and why is it important? Pheromones are naturally-occurring chemicals made by all human bodies that, once secreted and inhaled, can impact the behavior of the receiving individual (hopefully in a positive way). Pheromones are important because they are capable of producing subtle and strong physiological effects. For example, scientists have now confirmed that female rats can’t get pregnant if they can’t smell the pheromones of male rats! There is additional science indicating that this fertility effect and other serious, unwanted physiological issues occurring in adults and children may be related to over-exposures to the synthetic fragrance chemicals in our modern world. We say “over-exposure” because toxicologists have informed us that inhalation is our number one source of toxic exposures in our daily lives.(Skin absorption is your number two source of toxic exposure, and, surprise, eating/drinking—ingestion—is the third source. This is important knowledge: science tells us we should pay more attention to the products that we bring into our homes that emit volatile substances that we inhale and contain other chemicals that we rub into our bodies!)
Babies smell their mother’s natural pheromones (and dad’s) seconds after birth, and as they burrow their tiny noses against mom’s breast when suckling throughout the day and night. We know that an infant’s brain continues to develop after birth, building neural pathways intensely for the first six months and vigorously to eighteen months (slowing thereafter). When mom and dad’s pheromones are inhaled over and over during those first few months, they trigger reinforcement of the neural pathways—nerve bundles, sheathed in a lipid myelin shield—that transmit neurons to distant memory and motor function areas of the brain. The more neurons that travel the pathway more frequently, the stronger the neural pathway bundles become, and the stronger the bond between mom, dad, siblings and other family members. Further, the more pathways that are created within the brain, the greater the capacity for intellectual development.
Unlike any other period in our human historical evolutionary time frame, we know that modern humans are being dramatically flooded with vast quantities of synthetic fragrance chemicals from hundreds to thousands of sources every single day. Chemical fragrances are found in personal care, laundry, household, garden and automotive products; signature chemical fragrances are in retail stores, hotels, car dealerships, theaters, bakeries, etc., and pumped through heating and cooling systems (i.e., fake cinnamon bun and popcorn fragrance used in shopping malls and theaters, “new car” scent for used cars, etc.); air fresheners, scented nail polish, scented markers and crayons, scented tissue papers, scent strips in magazines, scented candles, scented plastic trash cans and trash bags, scented cat litter, and on and on and on. Even the so-called “natural” and artificial flavors contain synthetic aroma chemicals that people eat and that travel through the body and have been detected in a mother’s milk!
You want to protect your baby and provide the most nourishing environment in which your child will be conceived and grow. We worry about the neurological and endocrine problems affecting far too many children these days—autism, learning disabilities/dyslexia, auto-immune disorders, asthma, cancer, and so on. Autism? Yes, new research indicates a link between toxic fragrance chemicals in consumer goods and autism spectrum disorder. We know that a majority of fragrance chemicals are manufactured from petrochemicals and contain benzene ring compounds which are highly mutagenic at extremely low concentrations. When a mother uses products containing such fragrance chemicals, upon inhalation and/or absorption the chemicals have the capacity to quickly permeate her blood and brainand cross the placenta to cause fetal brain cell death.
Do you think that, for your baby’s sake, it might be time to put an end to this madness? We do!
Children’s bodies are small and because they do not have an adult’s ability to detoxify and excrete toxins, they absorb proportionally higher doses of toxins per unit of body weight, which means that their organs may suffer permanent and irreversible damage more quickly because they are not fully developed. Because children are more susceptible to toxins than adults, we need to be especially careful about what they inhale and what we rub into their precious skin. Remember, babies can’t tell you that they are experiencing a migraine or lung tightness when you use the shampoo and lotion with a synthetic fragrance.
Conventional body care chemicals have been linked to reproductive problems in both women (e.g., endometriosis and the increasingly early onset of puberty in young girls) and men (e.g., falling sperm counts and congenital birth defects of the reproductive organs) and to some cancers. Many synthetic chemicals are neurotoxins and have been linked to developmental deficiencies and learning disabilities in children. Two chemical preservatives commonly used in personal care and household products and recently banned in Europe—methylisothiazolinone and methylchloroisothiazolinone—are not only irritating to the skin, they have also been linked to brain damage in adults and unborn children, and are known to become more toxic when used together!
The FDA reports that some chemicals (some even found in “natural” body care and household cleaning products) were found cause to cancer in laboratory animals. The National Toxicology Program (NTP) found that repeated application to one’s skin of some chemicals—diethanolamine (DEA), or its fatty acid derivative cocamide DEA—induced liver and kidney cancer. NTP also emphasized that DEA is readily absorbed through the skin and accumulates in organs, such as the brain, where it induces chronic toxic effects.Chemicals like cocamide DEA, lauramide DEA or MEA or triethanolamine (TEA) can be also found in synthetic soaps, and so-called “natural” and “organic” body washes, hair care, hair dyes and bleaches, and household cleaning products.
Did you know that chemical companies lobbied the government to be exempt from disclosing their proprietary chemical fragrance formulas containing a dozen to hundreds of chemical ingredients to the public, and even to doctors? Why are they allowed to hide chemicals that have been shown to be so problematic?So, as there is no legal requirement for any or all of a fragrance’s individual chemical components to be identified, when you see “fragrance” or “parfum/perfume,” even “natural” fragrance on personal care product labels, it’s buyer beware.
You might be interested to know that reported problems from synthetic “fragrance” have included headaches, dizziness, rashes, skin discoloration, sore throats, coughing, sneezing and vomiting. Studies have shown that exposure to fragrances can affect the central nervous system, causing depression, hyperactivity, irritability, inability to cope, and other behavioral changes. Not surprisingly, some fragrance chemicals and fragrance additives are known endocrine disruptors and can persist in the environment for years.
All of the many negative personal health and environmental problems associated with the manufacture and use of conventional cosmetic chemicals is the reason that we believe that all baby (and adult) personal care products (especially those labeled as organic or natural) should be made from organic-acceptable ingredients that you wouldn’t be afraid to eat, touch or inhale. After all, isn’t that how the word organic is interpreted in the natural food industry—to define the purity of food? When we mix our small, pure batches of organic oils, butters and herbals to create our real certified organic baby body care products for you, we’re proud that we use only the healthiest ingredients to make what we think of as organic food for the skin. You will be delighted with the organic freshness and relieved to feel the distinctive natural quality of our genuine certified organic baby care products on your skin and on your baby—soft, protective, pure.
After years of reviewing research, we recommend our Fragrance-free products for all mothers and fathers-to-be, for nursing mom’s and newborns, and baby’s siblings. Why not have granny and grandpa and aunts and uncle go fragrance-free too? As we love to see smart children in happy families thrive organically, we encourage everyone to be fragrance-free for at least six months, and even up to eighteen months! Enjoy! Be happy!
Here’s the bottom line: conventional chemical personal care products pollute the planet in their manufacture and they pollute your body, your home and our waterways. They don’t benefit you or your children in any way. So why use them at all?