“No evaluation of indoor air quality and its impact on health can be complete without considering the effects of the widespread of fragrance in multiple products used on a daily basis in homes, workspaces, and other public places. The ubiquitous exposure to poorly studied fragrance chemicals has resulted in escalating voluntary and involuntary exposures to unknown substances which contrary to public assumption, have not been evaluated by regulatory agencies for safety to the general public, children, the elderly, and other sensitive populations. Exposure starts before birth from fragrance chemicals in mothers’ bodies (1) and continues with ingestion of mother’s milk. (2) Products for infants and children are scented often with materials known to cause allergies (3) and persist in body tissues. Children and infants are also exposed to every scented product used in the household. An infant held close is breathing in fragrance from clothes washed in highly scented detergents and laundry products, perfumes and colognes, shampoo, and other scented products used by the caregiver transferring to the child’s skin, hair, and clothes. Exposure continues throughout life. Users of scented products are often not aware of the continued presence of the products they use and are rarely aware of the intensity of the scents.”
“Products containing scent are a part of daily life. The majority of cosmetics, toiletries, household and laundry products contain fragrance. In addition, there is exposure to fragrance from products that are used to scent the air, such as air fresheners and fragranced candles.”
In spite of this widespread use and exposure, there is little information available for the consumers on the materials used in fragrance.
“Fragrance formulas are considered trade secrets and components that make up the fragrance portion of the product are not revealed on labels. Fragrance is increasingly cited as a trigger in health conditions such as asthma, allergies and migraine headaches. It is because of this immense popularity of scented products that problems have surfaced. With increased usage and exposure there are increased anecdotal and clinical accounts of fragranced products causing, triggering and exacerbating health conditions. Further concerns relate to the bioaccumulation of fragrance chemicals in human tissue and the long-term impact. In addition, there are environmental concerns, as fragranced products add to both air and water pollution.”
Be cautious about products that contain fragrance. Manufacturers are not required to disclose the ingredients used in fragrances. A single fragrance may contain hundreds of different chemicals. Some of the chemicals used in fragrances are hazardous, such as benzyl chloride, methyl ethyl ketone, methylene chloride, toluene and phthalates. Fragrances may also contain chemicals that cause cancer.
Further on you can read The Environmental Health Association in Quebec, Canada information at aseq-ehaw.ca ”For some chemicals in perfumes can have serious health effects. Babies and children are most vulnerable as people whos is suffering from chemical intoleranse such as Environmental Sensitivites and Chemical Sensitivities, and people recovering from cancer and other illnesses.”… “Perfumes are considered to be the most consentrated form of fragrance. … Fragrance can be extracted from plants, flowers, and animals. … Today 80-95 percent of fragrance material are synthetic and are derived from petrolium. … Some of the chemicals found in fragrances are: aldehydes, benzyl acetate, toluene, ethanol, acetone, benzen derivatives, formaldehyde, limonene, methylene chloride, methyl ethyl ketone, benzyl chloride and many others known to cause cancer, birth defects, infertility, nervous system damage, allergy symptoms, headaches, difficulty breathing, eye, nose and throut irritation and other injuries. … The brain is also impacted by fragrances containing neurotoxic compounds. ”
“The new research detected that the labels of popular perfumes don’t list harmful fragrance chemicals linked to sperm damage, hormone disruption which is linked to some cancers, thyroid disease, obesity, diabetes, and other serious health problems, reproductive toxicity, and allergy problems. The study was released on the heels of the President’s Cancer Panel report, which suggests environmental factors like hormone-disrupting chemicals in consumer products, plastics, and pesticides used on our food could be causing many more cases of cancer than initially believed. … The Cancer Panel report recommends that pregnant women and couples planning to become pregnant avoid exposure to hormone-disrupting chemicals due to cancer concerns. These chemicals that may play a role in cancer were found in many of the fragrances analyzed for this study. … “Secondhand scents are also a big concern. One person using a fragranced product can cause health problems for many others ” second page: “Just because your favorite fragrance wasn’t on the list doesn’t mean it’s safe. In fact, harmful fragrance chemicals are used in thousands of products and are not listed on the label. It seems like you should have the right to know how these seemingly innocent perfumes and colognes are affecting your health. But unfortunately, manufacturers don’t have to list warnings or even the actual ingredients used in fragrance blends, on the label. And the problem isn’t limited to perfumes and body sprays. We are blasted with harmful synthetic fragrances everyday in the form of scented cleaners, hair spray and dyes, air fresheners, candles, shampoos, soaps, perfumes, and body sprays. Research is finding that many of these scented products interfere with our hormones, which regulate how our bodily systems function.” One of the coalition members for this research was the Breast Cancer Fund. Read the whole story: http://www.rodale.com/perfume-ingredients
Review Fragrance: emerging health and environmental concerns
dr. Anne Steinemann http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJkDzhIHry4