It’s the time of year when we want to fragrance our homes with scents like pumpkin spice, hazelnut, and warm citruses. Home fragrances are relaxing. They enhance the enjoyment of the seasons. But commercial fragrances often contain one of a group of endocrine-disrupting chemicals called phthalates.
I’m going to show you how to fragrance your home for fall naturally and avoid phthalates.
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What Are Phthalates?
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on its website says, “Phthalates are a group of chemicals used in hundreds of products such as toys, vinyl flooring, and wall coverings, detergents, lubricating oils, food packaging, pharmaceuticals, blood bags and tubing, and personal care products such as nail polish, hair sprays, aftershave lotions, soaps, shampoos, perfumes, and other fragrance preparations.” Phthalates have been around since the 1930s.
The FDA website describes phthalates as “plasticizers.” They make products flexible so they hold without breaking. They also act as a “solvent and fixative for fragrances.”
So that that highly scented candle, that amazingly fragranced shampoo or laundry detergent, anything that has a strong, long-lasting fragrance most likely contains phthalates. And that’s just the products you use for their fragrance. I love the luxury vinyl tile flooring in our home that looks just like hardwood. It wears well and cleans beautifully. It contains phthalates.
Are Phthalates a Health Risk?
Phthalates are considered endocrine disrupters. They mimic estrogen in the body. The Environmental Working Group notes that phthalates were created in the 1930s and that men’s sperm counts have been dropping since the 1940s.
Women who deal with estrogen dominance are cautioned to avoid products with phthalates and BPA (another estrogen-mimicking chemical). That’s a lot to ask. Plastic and vinyl are everywhere.
That’s not exactly a ringing endorsement of phthalates. Of course, the way a study is conducted affects the outcome. I prefer to err on the side of caution. And being a woman who struggles with estrogen dominance, I’m making an effort to remove where it’s reasonably possible my exposure to phthalates.
I’m starting with fragrances.
Reducing Your Exposure to Phthalates: Start With Fragrances
The easiest way to start reducing your exposure to phthalates is by exchanging artificial fragrances for essential oil based fragrances.
And for me, this is almost like cutting sugar from my diet. It’s hard. I just LOVE wandering the candle display and buying fragranced candles that make a home feel special.
But I have found a new love. 🙂
Essential Oil Blends for Fragrance
Plant Therapy Essential Oils have blends for fall to scent your home and they smell AMAZING! Breaking up with the pumpkin spice scented candle just got easy!
I love essential oils and essential oil diffusers. In my home, they’ve taken the place of candles and the humidifier. I have a large 600ml diffuser for my living room/dining room/work area. In the bedroom, I use a smaller 300ml diffuser.
The 300ml diffuser also goes with us when we travel. I like that this version has a light that makes a nice nightlight for a hotel room and that I can scent the room during our stay. The light can be adjusted for color and brightness. Both diffusers shut off automatically when empty.
I take a small bottle of lavender essential oil when we travel. Lavender helps with relaxation.
Fragrance from Your Stove Top
If essential oil diffusers are not for you, consider warming the oils in a cast iron steamer. I have a steamer like this that sits on our wood burning stove. I fill it with water, and until I learned about the Autumn Treasures Fall Blend Set would add some whole cloves, whole allspice, cinnamon sticks, and orange or apple peel. The wood burning stove heats the water and the steam humidifies and fragrances the house.
Now that I know about Plant Therapy’s Autumn Treasures Fall Blend Set, I’ll just add a few drops of these oils to the water for fragrance when we burn wood. Now my spices can be reserved for making elderberry syrup to ward off sickness.
If I’m not using the wood burning stove, I’ll sometimes move it to the regular stove and simmer it on low to humidify and fragrance our home. Be careful if you do this on a glass-top range. This pot is heavy.
I highly recommend getting a cast iron steamer that is coated in enamel inside and out. I had one that wasn’t enamel-coated and it rusted horribly.
You can also just heat your essential oils in a regular cooking pot for fragrance.
Plant Therapy’s Autumn Treasures Fall Blend Set
There are three fragrances included in Plant Therapy’s Autumn Treasures Fall Blend Essential Oil Set. Pumpkin Pie is warm and sweet and smells just like freshly baked pumpkin pie. Harvest Moon is an almost frosty, woodsy scent. It smells like being on a hike in the woods on a chilly day. And Spiced Orange is a lovely, warm citrus fragrance like orange spice tea.
And they come in a pretty little wooden box.
I’m almost giddy over finding a way to fill my home with amazing fall fragrances without the hormone-disrupting phthalates.
But What About Candles?
I still like candles on fall and winter evenings, though.
I’m haven’t gotten them yet, but these flameless, real wax candles look like a good solution.
Shop Here for Items You Need to Scent Your Home Naturally and Safely
While it’s impossible to completely remove myself from exposure to phthalates, I’m going to do what I can. For example, if full exposure is a 10 on a scale of 1-10, I’ll be satisfied with bringing it down to a three. In a future post, (when my silicone mold arrives) I’ll show you how to make natural fragrance wax melts to use in those fun wall plug-in room fragrancers. Grammarly doesn’t like my word fragrancers! 😀
I’ll also have suggestions for personal and home care products that are better for you and your home. Avoiding endocrine-disrupting ingredients is getting easier as companies respond to customer demand for safer products.
I hope you like the Autumn Treasures Fall Blend Set as much as I do. Thanks for reading and have a wonderful day! 🙂
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