I don’t know about you, but when I hear that Febreze commercial using the slogan “breathe happier,” I tend to get all worked up over it. It is impossible to “breathe happier” when you are breathing in toxins, allergens, and bronchial irritants, all of which are ingredients in Febreze room sprays, candles, and other “air fresheners” sold on the market. I almost feel like all of these companies should be charged with false advertisement, for labeling their products “air fresheners”.
Febreze contains over 85 toxic ingredients, including bronchial irritants
It may seem like a harmless act, spraying an air freshener like Febreze, around your home, but instead of cleaning the air, these air fresheners are actually further polluting the air with toxins. Environmental Working Group did a study on over 20 cleaning supplies used in schools, and found that many of these products contained a large amount of toxic ingredients that are not disclosed on the product’s ingredients list. Febreze (Air Effects - Hawaiian Aloha) contained the third highest amount of air contaminants, coming in at 89, only three of which were disclosed on the label. Some of the most toxic ingredients are bronchial irritants (for a product that you are supposed to breathe in) that cause serious allergic reactions, asthma, migraines, cancer, and more! According to the EWG, these are the worst offenders on the list and some of their many causes, but there are many more!
- BHT - Neurotoxicity, Endocrine disruption, Allergies/immunotoxicity, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs), Occupational hazards, Biochemical or cellular level changes
- ACETALDEHYDE - Cancer, Developmental/reproductive toxicity, Allergies/immunotoxicity, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs), Occupational hazards
- FRAGRANCE - Neurotoxicity, Allergies/immunotoxicity, Miscellaneous
- PROPYLENE GLYCOL - Cancer, Allergies/immunotoxicity, Persistence and bioaccumulation, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs), Enhanced skin absorption
- 1,3-DICHLORO-2-PROPANOL - Cancer, Violations, restrictions & warnings, Occupational hazards
Ditch the Bronchial Irritants and Breathe Happier w/the Bohemi Babes
Episode 10 (11/5/15)
You don’t need Febreze to freshen your air, DIY using essential oils
I used to be one of those Febreze lovers too. I truly enjoyed making my air smell delightful, but I had no clue why I was always getting migraines when I used these products. After becoming an aromatherapist, I began learning more about the amazing ways that essential oils clean the air, and was beyond stoked to realize just how easy it is to make all my favorite scented air fresheners myself! On this episode we’ll be learning the many ways that you can freshen your air, including how to DIY Room & Linen Sprays (Fall/Winter & Spring/Summer editions), using aromatherapy diffusers, wax melts, stove-top potpourri, dried herb potpourri, and even making your own soy wax candles using recycled glass jars! (see below for recipe)
DIY Oranges & Clove Soy Wax Candles
One of my favorite holiday scents to diffuse throughout my entire home, is oranges and clove! I can’t help but love adding it to pretty much everything I make during this season, candles included! As one of my favorite gifts to give to others too, these candles can easily be decorated, while they’re cooling, with herbs, petals, and even small rocks and crystals!
- 2 cups soy wax flakes
- soy wicks
- recycled glass jars or mason jars
- 50 drops sweet orange essential oil
- 25 drops mandarin or tangerine essential oil
- 20 drops clove bud essential oil
- orange peel and whole cloves for candle decor
- Using a double boiler (or a glass bowl or pyrex dish over a pan of water), melt wax. Once melted, remove from heat.
- Add essential oils, stirring well. Pour wax into jars, leaving a small amount of room at the top.
- Place wick in the candle and keep in place, using chopsticks and/or a butter knife. You can also use a small amount of hot glue to glue the wick to the bottom, before pouring wax.
- If adding herbs or other decoratives to your candle, wait until at least halfway cooled, so that they don’t sink to the bottom. I like to add some at each stage of cooling, so that the candle has herbs all throughout!
- Once candle is completely cool, trim wick with scissors to a 1/2 inch in length.
Don’t miss me LIVE Wednesday Nights 9:30 PM CST
It’s so much fun to engage with you and get the chance to really interact! Come join me on Blab Wednesday evenings at 9:30 CST! I would love to see you there! You can read more about my show here!
FTC DISCLOSURE: In order for me to support my blogging and social media activities, I may receive monetary compensation for my endorsement, recommendation, testimonial and/or link to any products or services from this article. However, I only recommend products or services I have personally used myself and are in alignment with The Hippy Homemaker's ideals. Christina Anthis a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com.
All information on The Hippy Homemaker is meant for educational and informational purposes only. The statements on this website have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Products and/or information are not intended to diagnose, cure, treat, or prevent any disease. Readers are advised to do their own research and make decisions in partnership with their health care provider. If you are pregnant, nursing, have a medical condition or are taking any medication, please consult your physician.