I try to sprint through the laundry aisle at the store if I happen to turn down the wrong lane - holding my breath the entire way! Yep, how's that for a visual! I'm pretty sure animals feel the same way in homes filled with lots of chemical fragrances! What qualifies as a chemical fragrance - it might be easier to list what doesn't! But, here we go - try not to be too freaked out!
Chemicals in your home - that are likely to cause harm to your animals (not to mention you):
Scented candles, reed diffusers, scented wax warmers and burners, incense, human perfume and cologne, hairspray, fabric softener, laundry detergents, air fresheners, plug in devices, odor eliminating sprays, carpet powders, carpet shampoo, most human shampoo, conditioner, and lotion, deodorants (yes the armpit kind), cleaning agents such as sink and tub scrubbing gels, powders, and pastes, bleach, bleach containing products, fragrance in kitty litter, doggy cologne, scented pillows or dog beds, and really the list goes on, and on, and on...
Oh, I get it! I have a teenage daughter and a teenage son! Thankfully - they have been "clean" long enough to dislike most intense smells - but every now and then, I still smell a lotion my daughter was sold as "all natural" - and I have to break it to her - "Honey - that most certainly is not all natural - you wasted money - and Mommy can't stand to be around you!" Okay - that might sound harsh - but truly - to have a headache or feel a sore throat coming on from just breathing air...that is harsh! Harsh on all the smell sensitive people who CAN speak up for themselves! But...your cat, dog, bird, and even hedgehog CANNOT tell you you stink! They cannot tell you their throat hurts! They cannot tell you they have a headache! Yet, in veterinary hospitals all over the world - I can guarantee you every veterinarian has examined an animal that has soaked up enough of their owners fragrances - to enter the hospital smelling strongly of chemical scents!
I really feel for our animal friends - as I have moved to a position of having to request that classes I give - ON AROMATIC MEDICINE - are...you guessed it...Fragrance Free! How's that for ironic! But, recently I forgot to mention this as a "rule/request" for guests attending a lecture series I was participating in. To be honest, I was miserable. The lecture was for many people who are just starting their journey down the road to less chemicals, and what is best for their fur kids, so there were quite a few people wearing perfume or cologne at the event. It felt like I was inhaling razor blades. Everyone wants to meet the lecturer, and ask more questions - but more than a few times I wondered if I could bear one more sniff!
I don't want anyone to feel bad who does wear perfume - but to understand how miserable those who are sensitive are when around you. I would rather smell B.O. all day - than smell a strong (or in my case, even a weak) perfume! At least the smell is natural! Okay - but enough about me...what about your animals? Many bird people already know to avoid fragrances - and are borderline neurotic in how they police it. But I'm here to tell you - all of the other species are affected by it as well - they just aren't quite as sensitive to it on immediate terms.
It's not easy being sensitive to fragrances. As someone within a "smelly industry" like Veterinary Aromatic Medicine - one might think that I would like "nice" smells. Or maybe even appreciate that someone is wearing perfume. The reality couldn't be further from the truth. And I believe that our animals likely feel the same way. I'll explain a bit how it feels.
I wasn't always sensitive to fragrance. Indeed, I myself used to wear perfume. While I tended to gravitate towards more natural fragrances, I find myself in a whole new situation now. As my life became more and more clean (we use unscented everything, and basically exist with only the most natural of chemicals, cleaners, shampoos, etc...within our lives) - I noticed that when I re-introduced a chemical that I used to not be sensitive to - I would have major aversion to it. Smelling a perfume that I once wore, now left me with a headache and usually a sore throat.
I am convinced that many chronic conditions of all animals living in human environments, are greatly affected by artificial chemicals and fragrances we expose them to - often unbeknownst to us. Auto-immune conditions, Feline Stomatitis, Feline Resorptive Lesions on teeth, over-grooming, Feline Hyperesthesia, skin allergies and itching, Oral Cancers, Lung Cancers, asthma, collapsing trachea, laryngeal paralysis, gastrointestinal inflammation, diarrhea, and so very much more are compounded directly by the chemicals in our animals lives. And we simply don't have to expose them to so many products of concern. Period.
Your animals are not just inhaling these things - they are absorbing them systemically through the pads of their feet, their hair follicles, and you guessed it - through licking and grooming and actual and real oral topical exposure, absorption, and ingestion! Yuck! Try licking a fabric softener sheet - and you'll get what it is like to be a cat who grooms after sleeping on "oh so soft and smelly" bed sheets!
Photo Credit to My Shadow Dog Walking & Pet Sitting Service Minnesota
Everything within animalEO is about the animal. Putting the animal FIRST - is not just a slogan - it is our way of life. When we need something in our life, chances are you need something in your life too! So - fragrance is on our hit list with the teenage crowd! But - for so many other people who want good smells in their life - without compromising their animals health - I hope we have an answer for you! animalEO is proud to bring you two "Human Fragrances" that are safe for humans and animals - that we enjoy ourselves. I actually took a natural perfumery course in England, just so I could learn more about this subject. My kids want nice smells. I want smells I can tolerate. I want smells that also don't hurt the fur kids! I can tell you as a smell sensitive person, when others are wearing animalEO oils (even animal blends as fragrance - lot's of people do!) - I can actually enjoy it! I hope you enjoy Enchantment, or our other Human Fragrance RAW. They will be release for Bright Friday - December 3rd to 10th, 2018 - and for now, as a limited edition. Others are likely to come - and we hope that this can support greater health for your animals, yourself, and your loved ones!