Do you ever think about what goes into your home fragrances, perfumes, beauty products etc.? Many of us are now looking using more natural products as we learn about the detrimental effects synthetic products can have on our health.
This brings me on to a recent discovery of mine a company called Pairfum London. These guys are specialists for perfume lovers. On their site, I discovered some gorgeous products including organic skin care, perfume, room sprays, perfumed botanicals and more.
We are in the process of Spring cleaning. I have been trying to collect clothes that no longer fit, toys that we no longer use and donating them to charity shops to help others. By doing this I am hoping to make the house look more inviting and less like a 2.5 year old tornado has just hit (commonly referred to as Mr Squishy.) In my efforts I am not just looking for a minimalist look I want to create a living area that is inviting, relaxing and beautifully fragranced. In order to achieve this, I knew exactly what to do having seen diffusers on the Pairfum London site.
Diffusers make a lovely gift and when correctly positioned in a home these can create a stunning centrepiece to a table or focal point in a room.
Diffusers are NOT all the same and you can include air fresheners in there too. There are many different scents to state the obvious, they are presented/packaged differently from bottle style to colour but also importantly they have different qualities due to the ingredients. Not everyone gets on well with diffusers/air fresheners. The oils/ingredients whether natural or synthetic can irritate those with asthma. This is due to the VOC’s (volatile organic compounds) which are found in natural essential oils as well as air fresheners and diffusers in general.
What are Volatile Organic Compounds?
These are organic compounds that can change to gas or vapour form. This means that at room temperature they can evaporate easily and quickly. They can occur naturally and can also be man-made. Some VOCs can cause adverse health effects in humans and others can cause damage to the environment. Not all VOCs are harmful some can help promote health and well being. You can’t avoid VOCs as anything that has a scent contains them whether it is natural or synthetic. Many man-made VOCs are found in cleaning products, cosmetics, toiletries, paints, carpets, paint, wood, you get the picture they are everywhere.
Effects on Health
In the UK we spend a fortune on scented candles, air fresheners etc. Evidence shows that some can actually be detrimental to health. The rise in sales of these products over the past number of years coincides with an increase in respiratory problems. Formaldehyde for example, found in products such as disinfectants, building materials, glue and also air fresheners. It is linked to certain types of cancer after prolonged exposure. Food for thought for when you next reach for that spray or plug-in air freshener. Air fresheners have been shown to trigger and exacerbate allergies and worsen asthma.
The USA has become very strict in regulating VOCs since California’s Proposition 65 (or prop 65) was introduced. The UK and Europe, on the other hand, have no restrictions in regards to VOCs in home fragrances. Shocking when the research is there to demonstrate that they can cause many health issues. We should be more concerned considering the treatment required when illness occurs increases the strain on the already failing NHS.
For those that want to experience great quality diffusers without detrimental effects to their health, Pairfum London is the company to consider. Not only do they pride themselves in producing fragrances that we will fall in love with they also use their scientific understanding to create more unique products than other brands and also aromas that will last. Their reed diffusers which look stunning use a highly fragrant and natural non-VOC oil serum (non-toxic). Now that you are all experts in VOCs having read my above explanation you will understand and appreciate the health benefits of researching what you buy. The scent of the diffuser lasts longer than the typical reed diffusers. You get between 6 and 9 months of fragrance. The large diffuser provides enough fragrance to fill a room and each time you walk into the room you can smell the aroma as it fills the air.
My new Innocent Vanilla bell diffuser now graces our mantle piece and I must say looks stunning and makes the room smell really lovely.
What do you think?
This has had a few compliments already. It looks fantastic and it’s the first thing that catches the eye as you come into the living room. I love the bell diffuser on its own as it looks so pretty and I think that the addition of the Ivy, large dish and pine cones really make this the main focal point in the room.
I love this diffuser and look forward to buying some of the other aromas that I discovered on the site when this one finishes as well as some of the other products I just need to decide what to try next, decisions decisions!
Do you use diffusers or air fresheners in your home? If so were you are of the health implications?
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