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5 Repulsive Ingredients in Your Perfume or Cologne

5 Repulsive Ingredients in Your Perfume or Cologne
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Editorís note:†This post is a Care2 favorite, back by popular demand. It was originally posted on December 26, 2012. Enjoy!

People wear perfume and cologne to feel like they smell clean and fresh or sexy or elegant. It is meant to attract others, to make them want to be near.

So why does it contain crap and vomit?

Yes, those expensive scented serums for which consumers pay dearly often include repulsive ingredients that most of us would never willingly waft over our bodies or daub onto our pressure points. In these later days, these ingredients often come in synthetic form — cross your fingers that the brand you favor doesn’t use any of the genuine articles.

Synthetic or not, apparently these aromas get the job done, because people keep coming back for more. But would they if they knew the truth? Here is a splash of it.

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6:51PM PDT on Oct 15, 2013

This really is a bit silly. The days they used these substances in perfume are long gone. Nowadays they use things like synthetic civet and 'white musk', which is an imitation of the real thing. And where they got the baby poop bit from heck knows... Anyway, even when these substances were used, they were sterile and probably better for your health than the chemical stuff they add these days, although as a vegan I would have avoided them.

9:08AM PDT on Sep 15, 2013

thanks. pass on these

2:03AM PDT on Sep 15, 2013

Thanks for the article.

5:04AM PDT on Sep 14, 2013

Poor animals. Thanks.

3:15AM PDT on Sep 14, 2013

TY.

11:38PM PDT on Sep 13, 2013

Is this the reason why perfumes are so damn expensive? Good for me I don't wear any. I prefer to be natural and aside from getting toxic chemicals from those perfumes this is now the fact that most of them had came from these poor animals. Why not leave those animals alone. Humans will not die because of not smelling fresh or good to others.

12:58PM PDT on Sep 12, 2013

" People wear perfume and cologne to feel like they smell clean and fresh or sexy or elegant. It is meant to attract others, to make them want to be near.

So why does it contain crap and vomit? "

no wonder I gag so much at folks perfume and cologne.

there has to be something else in there that keeps the perfume and cologne from driving our pets crazy.......hmmm wonder what that could be, seriously.

9:13PM PDT on Sep 11, 2013

animals die so humans can smell good. lovely.

3:25PM PDT on Sep 11, 2013

I read this article ages ago and now wear mainly Lush perfumes, the ones which are suitable for vegans. I would not throw away my old perfumes at that I feel is just a slap in the face to all the animals who gave up their lives to make them.

It does not matter to me that I am spraying disgusting ingredients on my body, they obviously smell nice so that part of it doesn't bother me, I am however sickened by the fact that animals are yet again, abused for none essential items for humans, it is all wrong!

I wish more people knew about this, I wish that they had to put 'poo' and 'scrapings from anal glands' on the bottle, then maybe more people would chose vegan alternatives.

12:50AM PDT on Sep 11, 2013

Well, I prefer my natural smell...

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