SCENTS: AIR FRESHENERS (INCL. CAR DEODORIZERS), ESSENTIAL OILS, INCENSE, AND SCENTED CANDLES

Most convenient and pretty things made available to you to “Make your Home Smell Better” are extremely toxic.
Price point has little to do with the toxic load.
One assumes it would not be on the shelf if it were not safe, but this is a deadly assumption.
No one is protecting you. Nothing is regulated.

With our animals’ sense of smell at 40 times that of humans, these smells do even more damage to their bodies. We know when we encounter a smell we do not like, we have to leave. The animals, however, are stuck in our households, and do not have a lot of places to go to get away if we are liberally exposing them to or burning toxic smells.

These TOXIC PRODUCTS change their chemistry via inhalation and sometimes contact primarily affecting the liver, spleen, kidneys and heart, adding to their “toxic load”.  This includes all living creatures in your households, birds too!

Air Fresheners including Car Deodorizers

Not only are these products a huge environmental concern and waste because they will be dumped into landfill, they are ALL extremely TOXIC for any organic body.  Please do not buy them or use them.  They are just BAD. Just complete toxicity.  And those cardboard Christmas trees hanging from the driver’s rear-view mirror, I see which are still around, TOXIC!

If you would like to freshen your house – use rose water.  It is beautiful, and good for every being’s soul.  Make sure it is pure and not full of chemicals of course. It must be 100% pure organic rose water. One resource here: https://www.amazon.ca/Heritage-Store-Rosewater-

Essential Oils

Every essential oil’s scent has a role in healing the body, mind, and spirit, but they still need to be chosen by the being. For example, one day lavender might smell lovely to you, and another day terrible. This is because your body does not need healing with this plant’s properties on that particular day. The same applies to our animals.

Therefore, please do not burn essential oils in spaces where your animal cannot escape the smell. You will potentially do damage to their systems, their health.  And do not clean with essential oils where your animal cannot escape from the smell or touch. I do not advocate cleaning with any essential oils as again you can impact the animal’s internal cell structure.

Note about sourcing:  The Essential Oil Industry is extremely competitive with a lot of questionable but very good-looking products on the market.  Please do not buy anything based on the label.  Do your homework, as a lot of them are loaded with “other stuff”.  Even some of the “very good brands” which people are thrilled with, when compared to something pure, do not stand up.  Suppliers I stand by may be found in the Resources section of this website.

Incense
May be loaded with toxic chemicals.

The quality of incense matters.  Again, there is an assumption that there are non-toxic chemicals in incense, but they are laced with them.  Please be very careful where you source from.  The products are not regulated and they can cause massive health issues.

Please educate yourself on the ingredients, where the ingredients are sourced from, and what is used to bind them.

Commercial incense in any stores, which are dipped in garbage, may have:  wood powder – waste product potentially plywood (formaldehyde) or another “treated” wood as the base, bound with glue potentially not suitable for burning, combined with the chemical DPG for a longer burn – gives off poisonous gas as actually not designed to be burned; charcoal – another toxic substance when burned

Great information found here, worth watching, but get rid of your bad incense – do not burn it outside to pollute the environment please, this advice I do not agree with.

A fabulous supplier I use is Leftover Hippies, found here:  https://www.leftoverhippies.com/store.php  Hazel hand makes all the incense and is readily on hand to answer any questions.  Her process is also spelt out on her website.  Beautiful products.

Scented Candles
Carcinogenic.

Scented candles are carcinogenic, absolutely lethal to the organic body.  To you, your animals and definitely to the planet.  The dye / colours they use in the candles alone are carcinogenic.  Please do not use any of them. They should not be allowed on the market.

Resources

https://wellnessmama.com/22656/dont-use-scented-candles/ 
https://www.huffpost.com/entry/scented-candles-toxic-safer-options_n_7536410
Skovmand, A., Gouveia, A. C., Koponen, I. K., Møller, P., Loft, S., & Roursgaard, M. (2017). Lung inflammation and genotoxicity in mice lungs after pulmonary exposure to candle light combustion particles. Toxicology Letters, 276, 31-38. doi:10.1016/j.toxlet.2017.04.015

Please protect your pets!