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Toxic scent – proved by science

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Now it is proved. It is not only I and several thousands of others that is nuts and nagging and say scent is bad for you. Now even the scientists and science has proved that perfume and scent and scented products are harmful and toxic. And actually it is old news. In Science Daily from July 24 2008(!) one can read:

” A University of Washington study of top-selling laundry products and air fresheners found the products emitted dozens of different chemicals. All six products tested gave off at least one chemical regulated as toxic or hazardous under federal laws, but none of those chemicals was listed on the product labels.” The scientist researching those products wanted to do this research because many people said they got sick from the air fresheners in public restrooms and the scent from laundry products vented even outdoors.” said professor Anne Steinemann, a UW professor of civil and environmental engineering and of public affairs. She wanted to know, What’s in these products that is causing these effects?

Professor Anne Steinemann who made the tests were amazed over the amount of toxic and harmful chemicals found in those very common products. The chemicals she found included acetone, the active ingredient in paint thinner and nail-polish remover; limonene, a molecule with a citrus scent; and acetaldehyde, chloromethane and 1,4-dioxane. Dr Steinmann found nearly 100 volatile organic compounds were emitted from these six products, and none were listed on any product label. Plus, five of the six products emitted one or more carcinogenic ‘hazardous air pollutants,’ which are considered by the Environmental Protection Agency to have no safe exposure level.

“Because manufacturers of consumer products are not required to disclose the ingredients, Steinemann analyzed the products to discover their contents. She studied three common air fresheners (a solid deodorizer disk, a liquid spray and a plug-in oil) and three laundry products (a dryer sheet, fabric softener and a detergent), selecting a top seller in each category. She bought household items at a grocery store and asked companies for samples of industrial products.

In the laboratory, each product was placed in an isolated space at room temperature and the surrounding air was analyzed for volatile organic compounds, small molecules that evaporate from the product’s surface into the air.

Results showed 58 different volatile organic compounds above a concentration of 300 micrograms per cubic meter, many of which were present in more than one of the six products. For instance, a plug-in air freshener contained more than 20 different volatile organic compounds. Of these, seven are regulated as toxic or hazardous under federal laws. The product label lists no ingredients, and information on the Material Safety Data Sheet, required for workplace handling of chemicals, lists the contents as “mixture of perfume oils.””

When professor Anne Steinmann published her discoveries online July23 by the journal Environmental Impact Assessment Review professor Steinemann chose not to disclose the brand names of the six products she tested. In a larger study of 25 cleaners, personal care products, air fresheners and laundry products, now submitted for publication, she found that many other brands contained similar chemicals.

I did not use so much perfume before I got sick in asthma, but I did use scented washing agents and scented personal hygien products. Lotions I have used very little of, and not so much hairspray either throughout the years. I had no problems using this before I got my in asthma in 2007 due to chemicals, cleaning and wash agents and solvents at work. For example, beside industrail cleaning agents for cleaning toilets we used ordinary JIF WC. That is a very common cleaning agent used in many homes. After i got sick I read the Material Safety Data Sheet more closely. And the really fine print a long way in the table it said it hold a scent that can cause allergy a.s.o. Those content tables does not the ordinary home user get, only companies can have them. And after that I got sick I have stopped using such products with perfume, alcohol, solvents, color, and such in them because I get ill from them. Not only you can get allergies a.s.o, but they are also carciogenic, that means you can get cancer from them.

And it is nice to have a scientific base to say they are dangerous, and you put your health at risk when you use them. If you get ill in asthma, allergies, ecsema, or any other sensitivity you never get well from it ever. It maybe smell nice, I can agree on that, but it also smell of disease in the long run. You will have the illness for the rest of your life. Is it worth it only to use what designers whant you to, and smell like a chemistry?

I do not think so. If I would have had a chanse to go back and change what I could to not get sick, then I would. Having asthma is no fun at all, and I will have it for the rest of my life. It can not be changed.

Visit professor Anne Steinemann website:
http://www.ce.washington.edu/people/faculty/faculty.php?id=43

With big knowledge on perfume and fragranced products.
http://drsteinemann.com/

You can read all about the article on professor Anne Steinmann research here:
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/07/080723134438.htm
http://mcs-america.org/September2011.pdf

Source: www.sciencedaily.com and I also mentioned my own experiences.

Author: Annelie

I like canoeing, photographing, friends, movies, food, humor, and going on trips. I dislike rudeness, dishonesty, violence, nastyness, and people not caring for others. I do not drink much, I do not smoke and I do not do drugs. I love friends who are kind to me and stick with me. If you want to give me a gift, the best gift is to stop smoking and stop using fragranced products. Then you give me health and that dear friend, is the best gift a person can get. It is a gift of love. I got asthma and I am hearing disabled.

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