So, imagine this scenario: You find yourself shopping for a product and, among the array of choices, you notice “unscented” or “fragrance-free”. You might opt to choose one of these over a scented variety because it implies that there is at least one less additive in the product. But are these terms synonymous? And do YOU know the difference?
Until recently, I didn’t. I mistakenly assumed they meant the same thing. Guess what? I was wrong.
“Fragrance-free” does mean that there is nothing added to the product, but unscented is a whole different ball game. In fact, “unscented” is a fragrance additive, used to mask any other chemical smells, and it most likely contains phthalates. What’s bothersome is that phthalates are known hormone disruptors and can affect fertility in both men and women.
Sure, some of us may not have family planning in our near future, and our brood may already be complete, but isn’t this a chemical we’d all simply like to leave out of our systems?
Stay “free” of the phthalates and, given the choice, always choose “fragrance-free”!