Again I have found an article where researchers have conducted tests on perfume. The test is called The Health Risks of Secret Chemicals in Fragrance by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics May 12th, 2010.
To qoute them researchers:
“A rose may be a rose. But that rose-like fragrance in your perfume may be something else entirely, concocted from any number of the fragrance industry’s 3,100 stock chemical ingredients, the blend of which is almost always kept hidden from the consumer.”
The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics that is an independent lab tested 17 fragrance products, and their partner Environmental Working Group gathered information from the ingredients labels of the products.
The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics and Environmental Working Group concluded with:
“Fragrance is now considered among the top five allergens in North America and European countries and is associated with a wide range of skin, eye and respiratory reactions. Repeated, cumulative exposure to chemical sensitizers like allergenic fragrance ingredients increases the chance that a person will develop allergic symptoms later in life. Our tests found an average of 10 chemical sensitizers in each fragrance product.”
The analyze gave the result that:
- “Fourteen secret chemicals not listed on labels due to a loophole in federal law that allows companies to claim fragrances as trade secrets.”
- “Ten sensitizing chemicals associated with allergic reactions such as asthma, wheezing, headaches and contact dermatitis.”
- “Four hormone-disrupting chemicals linked to a range of health effects including sperm damage, thyroid disruption and cancer.”
The majority of the chemicals found in this report have never been tested and checked for for safety by any publicly approved agency, and also not by the perfume and cosmetics industry self-policing review panels.
And The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics and their partner Environmental Working Group also announce the chocking effects and numbers of damage on peoples health:
“When sprayed or applied on the skin, many chemicals from perfumes, cosmetics and personal care products are inhaled or absorbed through the skin. A recent EWG study found synthetic musk chemicals Galaxolide and Tonalide in the umbilical cord blood of newborn infants; these chemicals were found in all but one fragrance analyzed for this study. Diethyl phthalate (DEP), which appeared in 12 of the 17 products we tested, has been found in 97 percent of Americans tested by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.”
Source: The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics
Click the link to read the entire article and research.
Think before you stink! When you stink you pollute the air we shall all inhale!