Perfume (parfum) is a mixture of fragrant essential oils or aroma compounds, fixatives and solvents used to give the human body, animals, food, objects, and living spaces “a pleasant scent.”
Perfumes have been known to exist in some of the earliest human civilizations, either through ancient texts or from archaeological digs. Modern perfumery began in the late 19th century with the commercial synthesis of aroma compounds such as vanillin or coumarin, which allowed for the composition of perfumes with smells previously unattainable solely from natural aromatics alone.
Many perfumes are of synthetic origin and contain a class of chemicals called phthalates. This group tends to create endocrine disruption and should be avoided.
Fragrances are commonly found in synthetic perfumes, scented shampoos, lotions, and detergents. Many leading perfumes contain actual poisons that endanger your health. The class of chemicals cause central nervous system disorders and damage to reproductive organs.