Fresh air does not smell of fragrance

Frisk luft lukter ikke av parfyme.

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Oxidizing #fragrance is #allergenic

Allergenic oxidizing fragrance contents

“The oxidizing fragrances in everything from toothpaste to shampoos and deodorants. These fragrances contents may not all be allergenic themselves but can quickly become so when they oxidize. When they are broken down by oxygen in the air to form hydroperoxides that are highly allergenic substances. Nobody knows today how many people in the population who are allergic to the oxidized fragrances because they are not included in the allergy tests done.

Researchers have now discovered that the allergenic substances may have formed already when the oils and fragrances from the supplier. When they are broken down by oxygen in the air to form hydroperoxides that are highly allergenic substances. International studies of eczema patients have shown that five to seven percent of the patients are allergic to the oxidized fragrances.

At the Department of Chemistry and Molecular Biology at Gothenburg University, have developed a new analytical method that makes it actually possible to investigate hydroperoxides in various consumer products.

– Using mass spectrometry strikes disrupting substances so that they are small fragments and it is the first time that there is a method to find these individual-specific hydroperoxides in small quantities and in complex mixtures, explains Johanna Rudbäck, a doctoral student at the University of Gothenburg.

dr. Johanna Rudbäck has defended her thesis “Allergenic Oxidation Products from Fragrance Terpenes. Chemical Analysis and Determination of Sensitizing Potency “.

This is really important. Now, manufacturers can not sit back and say that the problem does not exist. So far, the perfume industry used a 1800-century approach when examining this type of oxidation products and then find they can not find these little difficult certain substances. Now the industry must deal with the problem in an entirely different way.

Ann-Therese Karlberg explains that it only takes small amounts of hydroperoxides to trigger allergy and eczema in a person who has become allergic to them.

Previously, scientists believed that it would take a long time before fragrances change of air. But when the research team used the new method to analyze the essential oils of lavender and orange peel, they discovered that it went faster than expected.

– We saw that it formed hydroperoxides already when we got the oils from the supplier. This was surprising to us, says Johanna Rudbäck.”

from article in SVT 26 september 2013


“Spa personnel who works with essential oils in high consentrations is a rather new profession found hurt by handeling the oils. During some years back the skin clinic at Sahlgrenska hospitals have received several patients in the profession of masseuses from several parts of Gothenburg, Skövde and Varberg.

– The read thread here is that they have worked with essential oils smelling of for example lavender, roses or citrus, says Lina Hagwall who is researcher and expert on these substances. When the occupational dermatologic clinic tested the essential oils on several of the patients they could confirm that is was the oxidizing fragrance in the oils they were allergic to.

How can you, in your marketing say that your aromatherapy oil is healing and protective to the skin when you know that there are masseuses who have suffered from allergy and eczema of your oil?”

“Sanna Gunnesson, Mia Senor and Nina Sellman that all three worked at Hagabadet Spa in Gothenburg, where they massaged customers with organic oils from Kerstin Florian Aromatherapy series, and then got allergic reactions, says that it felt immoral to sell oil to customers. I can not do it. I can not stand and lie to a customer that way. It feels wrong to sell a product when you have a rash on the hands, says Sanna Gunnesson.”

“Oxidized fragrances of aromatherapy oils of the brand Kerstin Florian has given several masseurs and spa personnel contact allergy. Masseuses Mia Senor, Nina Sellman and Sanna Gunnesson got so severe discomfort that they had to change profession. Mia Senor showing us pictures of how her hands and arms might look when she came home from work. It almost looks like a burn. The skin on her hands became all swollen, and her fingers were like glued ogether. It stung and did hurt so evil, she says, and explains that her hands were so sore and infected that it even went impossible to work with gloves. Sanna Gunnessons trouble also started with eczema on the hands. Since she had no other jobs she stayed at Hagabadet even though it hurt to massage. Eventually, she was itching all over the body.

Imagine what it does to your skin, and then imagine what it does to your soft tissues in your airways and lungs. So next time you are thinking of putting some fragrance or oil on – Don’t!

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A wish for Advent with Fresh air – MD Aage Hegge Hansen

“Asthma and Allergy Association has been pushing for fresher air in our surroundings. At the National Convention in 2010 was unanimously adopted as the main goal of the organization in the period 2010 to 2019 to “remove smoke, perfume and fragrant irritants from public places .”

In particular, the synthetic fragrances that are dangerous. There is added synthetic fragrances in increasing amounts to more and more products, from washing powder to the car wash at Statoil, and concierge air in hotels, and is gradually a major threat to public health.

Fragrance industry has so far managed to prevent information about the health hazards in arriving , so the tobacco industry for many years managed to prevent research into the smoke damage.

Anyway it’s already proven a link between toxic gases (VOCs) in modern fragrance mixtures and the development of allergies, eczema and asthma, and it will probably get more – much more.

VOC gases , which are marketed under different names as for an example perfume , fragrance and aroma, causing inflammation of the nose, with congestion, insomnia and depression to follow.

Moreover weakened sense of smell, and saliva production is reduced.

It is suspected that such also contribute in behaviour changes that leads to bad eating habits.

For many children this is the reality they grow up in.  They have had perfume in bed clothes since they were born, and does not know anything else. They do not understand why they have allergies, eczema and asthma, or why they are so hard to stay slim. Because so many people use them, probably for example Omo and Comfort the two most selling products on the Norwegian market, which provide most Health issues overall.

My call in Advent is therefore all parents to throw out all hygiene products containing synthetic fragrance, so we save children and adults for the intense smell of toxic chemicals.

In order for the air to keep its freshest possible, it is good if we also also to steer clear of incense , candles and essential oils , and preferably refrain from the Crhristmas cigar.

Then maybe smell get so that you can recognize the smell of Christmas that really matter, and lasting value in memory : The smell of natural skin or unscented hair. The smell of wet wool. The smell of ribs and sauerkraut – and the smell of spices .

With this, I wish readers a fresh Advent and Christmas time !”

MD Aage Hegge Hansen

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Perfume free equals scent free?

When you find products in your store claiming they are perfume free you should always look closer. The statement perfume free only tell the buyer it is not added perfume, but that is not the same as it is not added scent!

How come? Perfume should be read as perfume, like the one you buy on a bottle and spray on your nekk. Often many other scents are added to replace perfume. And that do not make the product fragrance free, or rather.. not scent free.

Read closer, maybe you will find it is added some etheric oils, flower or fruit extracts aso. All these are scents and should be labeled as fragrance or “perfume” if you like.

Just today I was at the pharmacy where I work. The ladies there are very helpful and know I am sensitive and got asthma. I asked for a scent free hand lotion, and the lady kindly helped med with some tips. She took a tube from the shelf and I could read it saying perfume free. I looked at the ingredients list and there were listed other smelly flower content. I smeared it on my skin and smelled it closely. After a 5 inhales I felt a irriation in my lungs, and coughed.

Perfume free is only telling you the product is not added perfume, like perfume on a bottle. It is not telling you it is scent free.

So when you buy a product either if you need it for yourself, or to be kind and helpful to others by not using scented products, please read through the ingreaditents list carefully for things that got a scent/fragrance. Also, stick your nose into it.

It should be scent free to be good enough.

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Extensive challenges and Asthma – by Annelie Molin

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Omfattende utfordringer

“Minst 1,5 millioner mennesker i Norge har astma, allergi, eksem, kols eller overfølsomhetssykdommer. Mange har alvorlige plager.

Helsevesenet har et utilfredstillende tilbud til disse brukergruppene: Svært varierende kunnskapsnivå, mangelfull diagnostisering, lite opplæring av brukere og pårørende, feilaktige behandling og fravær av habiliterings- og rehabiliteringstilbud. Dette må bli mye bedre.

Den mest alvorlig bekymringen er økningen i antall mennesker som utvikler sykdommene. Verdens Helseorganisasjon antar at 50 prosent av verdens befolkning vil ha utviklet en eller flere allergier i år 2030. Varslede klimaendringer kan forverre situasjonen ytterligere. I Norge er forekomsten av astma mangedoblet siden 50-tallet. Forskning på årsaker må intensiveres, men samtidig som vi handler ut i fra det vi allerede vet.

Dårlig inneklima og forurenset uteluft er to kjente områder som krever betydelige tiltak. Kjemikaliebruken i samfunnet har eksplodert. Vårt dagligliv inneholder møter med en rekke helseskadelige stoffer eksempelvis i mat og drikke, klær og møbler – og forbruksartikler tilsatt parfyme. Myndigheten har erkjent alvoret, men gjør for lite.” ~NAAF

Og jeg er helt enig i dette. Jeg har selv opplevd på kroppen å gå gjennom sjukvården og kontakter med leger uten å få noen som helst informasjon om astma, hva jeg har i vente, hva det innebærer å ha astma og hvordan astma rammer. Leger glemmer gjerne å sjekke om astma er yrkesrelatert og om der skal gjøres en yrkesskadeutredning. Det var det i mitt tilfelle og jeg måtte selv være pådriver for alt for å få gjennom yrkesskaden, legen viste null intresse uten at jeg ga beskjed. Spørsmålet dere bør stille da noen blir diagnostisert med astma er: – Hva jobber du med, og hvordan er klima/inneklima der du jobber? Og informasjon må gis om sjukdomen. Alt det jeg vet idag om astma har jeg lært den harde veien gjennom å oppleve det og føle det på kroppen og gjennom å lese det lille som fantes å tilgå på nettet om det. Det er ene og hele årsaken til at jeg har startet min blogging om astma. Før jeg fikk astma var også min blogg fylt med bare feriebilder, og annet “kos”, og ibland noen kommentarer om verden. Men jeg opplevde at der manglet informasjon om hva astma egentlig er, hvordan det rammer og hvordan det oppleves å ha astma. Det var lite å finne om sannheta! Min blogg er ikke en sytevegg for min sjukdom, men en informasjonsbase for deg som vil lære deg hva det virkelig er å ha astma. Det kan til tider høres som syting, men så er det heller ingen ferie å ha det heller. God lesing folkens.

Og til alle leger, dere må bli bedre på å gi informasjon og undersøke om det er en yrkesskade!!


In English

Extensive challenges

“At least 1.5 million people in Norway have asthma, allergies, eczema, COPD or hypersensitivity diseases. Many people have serious problems.

Health care has an unsatisfactory offer for these user groups: very varied level of knowledge, inadequate diagnosis, minimal training of users and relatives, improper treatment and the absence of habilitation and rehabilitation services. This must be a lot better. The most serious concern is the increase in the number of people who develop diseases. World Health Organization believes that 50 percent of the world’s population will have developed one or more allergies in 2030. Notified climate change may exacerbate the situation further. In Norway, the prevalence of asthma increased many-fold since the 50th century. Research into the causes must be intensified, but that we act on what we already know. Poor indoor air quality and outdoor air pollution are two known areas that require significant action. Chemical use the community has exploded. Our daily life includes meetings with a number of harmful substances such as food and drink, clothing and furniture – and consumables added perfume. The authority has acknowledged the seriousness, but do too little. ” NAAF

And I totally agree with this. I have personally experienced in first hand go through medical care and contacts with physicians without receiving any information about asthma, what I have in store, what it means to have asthma and how asthma affects. Doctors often forget to check whether asthma is work related and whether there should be an injury report. That was the case with me, my asthma is a work injury, but I myself had to make the injury report happen, the doctor did nothing without me pushing.  The question that should be asked when a person get the diagnoses asthma is: – What is your occupation, and what is the indoor clima like where you work? And information must be given there and then. Everything I know today about asthma, I have learned the hard way by experiencing it and feel it on the body and through reading what little there was to find online about it. It is the one and the whole reason I started blogging about my asthma. Before I got asthma was also my blog filled with just holiday pictures, and other cozy content and at times some comments about the world. But I felt that there was missing information about what asthma really is, how it affects and how it feels to have asthma. There was little to find the truths! My blog is not a whining wall of my illness, but an information base from which to learn what it really is to have asthma. It can at times sound like complaining, but the reality is it is not always a sunday strawl to have it either. Happy reading folks.

And please, all doctors, you must become better in giving information about the illness and to check out for work injuries.


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Restrictions on perfume use – LHL Yes Please! –

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Vil begrense godlukta

( 23 Oktober 2011) “LHL mener det bør innføres restriksjoner på bruk av parfymerte produkter. Landsforeningen for hjerte- og lungesyke (LHL) tar nå til orde for å begrense  bruken av parfymerte produkter i barnehage, skole og helseinstitusjoner. Bakgrunnen for tiltaker er at vel 1,4 millioner nordmenn sliter med ulike  former for allergi eller overfølsomhet for ulike stoffer. Mange av disse  reagerer på parfymeprodukter.” Kilde:

LHL skriver på sitt nettsted:


Landsmøte 2011: Forebygging av parfymeskader

Landsmøtet i LHL vedtok 23.10.11 følgende uttalelse:

Det er mange som reagerer svært negativt helsemessig på å bli eksponert for parfymerte produkter. Slik eksponering kan være sykdomsutløsende. Det betyr at de som er berørt, prøver å unngå situasjoner og arenaer med stor risiko for eksponering. LHL er inneforstått med at det ikke er aktuelt med noe generelt forbud mot parfymerte produkter. LHL mener likevel at det finnes mulige tiltak som kan være til hjelp for de det gjelder.

LHL mener det må settes av penger til forebyggende opplysningsvirksomhet, slik at flere vil ta hensyn til at parfymerte produkter kan påføre andre helseskader.

LHL mener at det må innføres restriksjoner mot bruk av parfymerte produkter i barnehage, skole og helseinstitusjoner.

LHL mener det må presiseres at kravet til universell utforming i diskriminerings- og tilgjenglighetsloven § 9 også omfatter tiltak for å forebygge eksponering av ulike irritanter, herunder parfymerte produkter.”

Sitat slutt.

( 23 Oktober 2011)  “LHL mener det må settes av penger til forebyggende  opplysningsvirksomhet, slik at flere vil ta hensyn til at parfymerte  produkter kan påføre andre helseskade. Organisasjonen påpeker videre at  kravet til universell utforming i diskriminerings- og tilgjenglighetsloven §  9 også omfatter tiltak for å forebygge eksponering av ulike irritanter,  herunder parfymerte produkter.

Av ca. 2500 kjente duftstoffer, er ca 100 kjent som allergifremkallende hos mennesker.

LHL beskriver tradisjonell parfyme som “verstingen”, men også  rengjøringsmidler, skyllemidler, såpe, stearinlys og leker inneholder  parfymestoffer. Parfyme finnes også i enkelte naturkosmetiske produkter.

– Mange med parfymeallergi unngår å bruke offentlig transportmidler og må  holde seg unna sosiale arenaer der risikoen for å bli eksponert for parfyme  er stor. Det er eksempler på barn som ikke kan møte på skolen fordi  medelever og lærere bruker produkter de ikke tåler, sier generalsekretær  Frode Jahren i LHL.

Symptomer på parfymeallergi kan være tetthetsfornemmelse, hoste, piping i  brystet, tett nese, nysing, kløe i øynene, økt slimproduksjon, kløe på hud,  trøtthet og uopplagthet, kvalme og svimmelhet.” Kilde:


Jeg kan signere på alt som tetthetsfornemmelse (dvs vanskelig å puste), hoste, piping i brystet, tett nese, økt slimproduktsjon, trøtthet og uopplagthet.  Og jeg kan også signere på at når passasjerene bruker parfyme da er det ille for meg. Ja, takk til begrenset parfymebruk!!!

In English

Want to restrict perfume use

( October 23, 2011) “LHL believes it should be introduced restrictions on the use of scented products. The Norwegian Heart and Lung Association (LHL) is now called for limiting the use of scented products in kindergartens, schools and health institutions. The reason for this is that some 1.4 million people in Norway suffer from various forms of allergy or hypersensitivity to various substances. Many of these react to perfume products.

LHL believes, therefore, it must set aside money for prevention bureaus, so that more people will take into account that scented products can inflict injury. The organization also points out that the requirement for universal design in the Anti-Discrimination and Accessibility Act, § 9 also includes measures to prevent exposure to various irritants, including perfumed products.

Of the approx. 2500 known fragrances are about 100 known as allergens in humans.

LHL describes traditional perfume as “bad guys”, but also detergents, rinse aids, soap, candles and toys containing fragrances. Perfume is also found in some organic and natural cosmetic products.

– Many people with perfume allergies avoid using public transport and must stay away from social arenas where the risk of being exposed to perfume is great. There are examples of children who can not attend school because other pupils and teachers use products they can not tolerate, says Secretary-General Frode Jahren in LHL.

Symptoms of perfume allergy can be tightness sensation, coughing, wheezing, stuffy nose, sneezing, itchy eyes, increased mucus production, itching of the skin, fatigue and distressed, nausea and dizziness.”



I can sign on at all that: tightness sensation (ie, hard to breathe), coughing, wheezing, nasal congestion, increased mucus production, tired and distressed. And yes, as a bus driver I can also sign under that when passengers use perfume it is a bad thing for me. Yes, Thank you to the restrictions on use of perfume!!!

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Scent marketing and branding Design scents and fragrances

Nose is one of the firms among others that sell designer scents to others to use in environments and such for use as scent marketing and branding. On can read at their website (translation in English further down):

“Specialister inom certifierad doftmarknadsföring och atmosfärdoft
Dofter styr en stor del av vårt känsloliv, där du t ex med hjälp av olika dofter kan förändra människors värderingar om upplevelser och förstärka andra sinnesintryck. Det kan t ex gälla en första kontakt med en butik eller vid ingången till ett hotell eller köpcentrum. Nose AB har i tio år arbetad inom området upplevelsedesign, där doften är mediet och våra tekniklösningar verktygen. Företaget har genom sitt nätverk Air Aroma, världens största utvecklare av dofter idag 1.000-tals certifierade doftformulas för användning i offentlig miljö, och ett tiotal tekniska diffuserlösningar för allt från hem- till professionell systemmiljö. “


“Specialists in certified fragrance marketing and atmospheric scent
Fragrances controls a large part of our emotional life, where you for example by using different scents can change people’s values ​​about experiences and reinforce other sensory input. It can for instance apply a first contact with a shop or at the entrance to a hotel or mall. Nose AB has for ten years worked in the field of experience design, where the scent is the media and our technology solutions tools. The company has through its network Air Aroma, the world’s largest developer of fragrances currently 1000 Century doftformulas certified for use in public spaces, and a dozen technical diffuserlösningar for everything from home to professional systems environment.”

How fantastic it sounds it is still every allergic, asthmatic and sensitive persons nightmare. If you are a company, association or other that is thinking of using such scent, think of that you exclude thousands of possible customers from your buisness by using it. People that get sick from scent and perfume / fragrance will aviod  the environment you create and your buisness that they get sick from, and that means they will not use your buisness for doing buisness or buy your products or services. You will actually lose customers and money.

For example if I would enter such environment and got sick, I would never enter there again.

I think all buisnesses should rather go for the scent free policy, because then you get customers from both the non-sensitive and the sensitive persons. That means bigger sale.

Also the extended use of perfume and scent is making more and more people sick in allergies, asthma, ecsema, MCS and other sensitivites. Also people being sick from COPD get sick from perfumes. By using such products it is likely that you also cause your customer health pain.

Think and care. Scent does not only control and bring emosions and memories, it also control and damage the health of thousands.

Pls do not use such products.

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On top of this I also question if the use of such products is legal in at least Sweden and Norway? Because in Sweden and Norway we got laws that forbid to exclude groups from accessing areas because of their handicaps. And scent is excluding people with sensitivites to access scented areas.

The Equality and Anti-discrimination Commissioner (LDO)

The Equality and Anti Discrimination Commissioner (LDO) enforces the Anti-Discrimination and Accessibility Act (DTL), which prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability. The law also has provisions on universal design, see § 9, and individual arrangements, see § 12.

“There is no doubt that shopping malls and individual stores in a mall, single stores, hotels and so on is to be regarded as” private activities aimed at the general public “which basically is committed to ensuring universal design for Discrimination and Accessibility Act § 9 Allergy is regarded as a disability that is protected by Anti-Discrimination and Accessibility Act.” by LDO.

I have notified the LDO about this.