by John P. Thomas
Health Impact News
Is your perfume or cologne controlling your behavior? Is it possible that you are addicted? Let’s take a look at fragrances and see how they function in the human body. Let’s consider their addictive qualities and their capacity to control how we live.
The Addictive Power of Toxic Perfumes and Colognes
Compassion versus Addiction
It is quite fascinating to watch the power of addiction. People may have great compassion for homeless cats and dogs, may be very supportive of all kinds of community charity projects, and may be loving parents and grandparents, however, when it comes to the effect of fragranced products on the health of other people, they seem to have very little compassion. They might give you the shirt off their back, but don’t get between them and their perfume or dryer sheets. It really is no different than any other addiction. Cigarettes, alcohol, and sugar all exercise the same power to control behavior and to repel anyone who might dare to interfere with their being satisfied by their drug of choice, which in this case is fragrance.
An Addict doesn’t have Compassion for Those He Hurts
A person who is addicted, whether it is to alcohol, drugs, food, pornography, or perfume, will not allow anyone else’s need to interfere with their need to keep using a certain substance. This may not be conscious, since most perfume users probably don’t suspect that they are addicted. In their mind, they just love perfume and cologne, and they can’t imagine how other people could dislike what they love or even be made sick by what makes them feel good.
It is not just the health of those who are exposed to secondhand fragrance that is at stake, it is also the health of those who use fragranced products. Fragrances affect the physical, emotional, and hormonal health of everyone who uses them or smells them, though the negative consequences are rarely attributed to fragrances. Unexplained headaches, compulsive eating, inability to think clearly, and sinus congestion can be just a few of the consequences of using perfume, cologne, and products containing fragrance.