Fresh air does not smell of fragrance

Frisk luft lukter ikke av parfyme.


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What is in your fragrance? The content of perfume and aftershave

What is in that smell?

“From Halle Berry’s signature scent, Armani to JLo’s Glow, the sleek perfume bottles promise love, joy, and celebrity appeal. But what they won’t tell you is what’s on the inside: complex mixtures of undisclosed chemicals linked to asthma, allergies, hormone disruption, and other health effects.

According to the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep database, an estimated 80% of products – everything from colognes and body sprays, to shampoos, deodorants, and even make-up – contain fragrance.

A research study  “Not So Sexy: The Health Risks of Secret Chemicals in Fragranceshow Fourteen chemicals not listed on labels due to he loophole in federal law that allows companies to claim fragrances as trade secrets. American Eagle Seventy Seven contained 24 hidden chemicals, the highest number of any product in the study.

Ten sensitizing chemicals associated with allergic reactions such as asthma, wheezing, headaches and contact dermatitis. Giorgio Armani Acqua Di Gio contained 19 different sensitizing chemicals, more than any other product in the study.

Four hormone-disrupting chemicals linked to a range of health effects including     sperm damage, thyroid disruption and cancer. Halle by Halle Berry, Quicksilver,  and Glow by JLo each     contained seven different chemicals with the potential to disrupt the hormone system.

The study further revealed the widespread use of chemicals that have not been assessed for safety by any publicly accountable agency, or by the cosmetics industry’s self-policing review panels. Of the 91 ingredients identified in the fragrances, only 19 have been reviewed by the Cosmetic Ingredient Review (CIR), and only 27 have been assessed by the International Fragrance Association (IFRA) and the Research Institute for Fragrance Materials (RIFM), which develop voluntary standards for chemicals used in fragrance.

The existing data and lack of comprehensive studies are cause for concern, because one thing we do know is that fragrance chemicals are inhaled or absorbed through the skin and many of them are ending up inside people’s bodies, including pregnant women and newborn infants.

A recent EWG study found synthetic musk chemicals Galaxolide and Tonalide in the umbilical cord blood of newborn infants. These musk chemicals were found in nearly every fragrance analyzed for the “Not So Sexy” study.

Twelve of the 17 products in the study also contained diethyl phthalate (DEP), a chemical linked to sperm damage and behavioral problems that has been found in the bodies of nearly all Americans tested.

According to the analysis, Fierce contains eight sensitizing chemicals that can trigger allergic reactions such as headaches, wheezing, asthma, and contact dermatitis – the types of effects commonly reported by people exposed to fragrances.

According to a peer-reviewed paper published in the March 2009 Journal of Environmental Health, more than 30% of the general population and up to 37% of people with asthma report these types of negative reactions from fragrance products.”

Source and read more:

http://www.psr.org/environment-and-health/environmental-health-policy-institute/responses/whats-that-smell.html


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Not so sexy – researched perfume

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
http://www.safecosmetics.org/article.php?id=644

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!


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Wine and asthma

The wine industry want you to believe that wine is a natural product. They are not obliged to display all the ingredients in the wine on the bottle.

They use chemicals and additives, preservatives and flavour to create the taste. In some champagne you even find traces of pesticides. Artificial yeast, enzymes, sugar, extracts and tannin is added. Instead of getting flavour from the oak barrels they use oak chips added to the wine to get flavour. They use things like clay, egg, milk and gelatine, tartaric acid, ascorbic acid, enzymes, milk powder, tannins, yeast nutrients, malolactic bacteria to either make the wine look clearer or to add taste.

On the label you can only read that the wine contains grapes, the origin of the wine, what it taste like a.s But wine might contain things that can make you allergic, and most wines hold tannins that is a danger for asthmatics to consume in bigger amounts. Tannins can actually provoke an asthma attack.

On the label you can read about grapes, fresh peach a.s. but reality is often the opposite.

Source: NRK.no through the BBC and the documentary by Jane Moore.
Dispatches – What’s In Your Wine? Channel 4 UK – The Shocking Truth Revealed! from 2008 Watch it:
http://watchdocumentary.org/watch/whats-in-your-wine-video_7e421d0a2.html

 

http://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2008/09/dispatches-to-shock-uk-wine-drinkers/

http://www.express.co.uk/entertainment/tv-radio/61580/FACTUAL-Dispatches-What-s-In-Your-Wine