• Words by Sonia

Perfume: the story of a murderer???

Updated: Jul 24, 2020

Trying to link the past with the present perfume industry unfortunately reveals a radical disconnection from the original therapeutic purpose and use of pure essential oils. Today’s synthetic fragrances are far away from the healing balms treasured so much by the ancient world that some were worth more than gold.

Instead of being medicinal, today’s scented cosmetics and fragrance products are associated with diabetes, obesity, autism, ADD/ADHD and hormone disruption. Sadly, the person wearing or using the fragrance is not the only one affected. Synthetic perfumes affect air quality for those sharing the space as well.

From pure to perverse, it is twisted irony that the word fragrance has now gained infamy as the new second-hand smoke when the etymology of the word perfume comes from the Latin expression “per fumo” meaning “through smoke”.