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How Perfume Messes With Your Hormones (Even If You Don't Wear It) - MindBodyGreen

"Phthalates are associated with serious health issues, but you won’t find them listed on the labels. Ingredients in perfumes are considered a trade secret, so manufacturers can hide hundreds of chemicals under the term 'fragrance.'”

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Is Your Perfume Poison? - Mercola.com

Hidden behind some perfume's pleasant scents are toxic chemicals linked to hormone disruption, reproductive problems, and even cancer.
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The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics : Fragrance

The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics : Fragrance | Fragrance Chemicals & Health | Scoop.it

"What's that smell? Unfortunately, there's no way to know. Fragrance is considered a trade secret, so companies don't have to tell us what's in it – often dozens or even hundreds of synthetic chemical compounds."

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Healthier Alternatives to Fragranced Consumer Products - Dr. Anne Steinemann

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Three compelling reasons not to wear synthetic perfumes

Three compelling reasons not to wear synthetic perfumes | Fragrance Chemicals & Health | Scoop.it

"When you apply anything labeled with a "fragrance" ingredient today, you can be assured you are subjecting yourself to anywhere from tens to hundreds of various chemicals. This includes lotions, which you may apply to your entire body, facial skin care products and other beauty and self care items that you may use every single day, multiplying your exposure exponentially. None of these chemicals need to be directly disclosed in labeling since they are considered proprietary in nature."

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caotar's curator insight, March 7, 2013 11:03 AM

Encore une autre raison pour rester vigilant. On ne peut, effectivement, pas connaître la composition des parfums et des cosmétiques qu'on utilise. Et le plus inquiétant, c'est qu'on garde encore en tête toutes les interrogations qu'a pu susciter le Paraben et ses foultitudes de déclinaisons...

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Is your scent making you ill? Today's obsession with perfuming everything from candles to bin liners could be to blame

Is your scent making you ill? Today's obsession with perfuming everything from candles to bin liners could be to blame | Fragrance Chemicals & Health | Scoop.it
The smell of fresh air is becoming something of a distant memory, thanks to our increasing use of fragrance.
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Fragrance chemicals lyral and lilial decrease viability of HaCat cells' by increasing free radical production and lowering intracellular ATP level: Protection by antioxidants. [Toxicol In Vitro. 20...

"We investigate in this study the biochemical effects on cells in culture of two commonly used fragrance chemicals: lyral and lilial... We propose lyral and lilial as toxic to mitochondria that have a direct effect on electron transport chain, increase ROS production, derange mitochondrial membrane potential, and decrease cellular ATP level, leading thus to cell death."

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Perfume Health Risks: Fragrances Can Contribute To Health Problems Like Allergies And Rashes

Perfume Health Risks: Fragrances Can Contribute To Health Problems Like Allergies And Rashes | Fragrance Chemicals & Health | Scoop.it
About one in 10 people are estimated to have ongoing allergic reactions to chemical elements in fragrances, but with the increased use of scents -- whether it's an air freshener or scented candle -- allergies are on the rise with 55 percent of Americans testing positive for at least one allergen.
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Influence of environment exposures on the frequency of contact allergies in children and adolescents. [Ann Agric Environ Med. 2012] - PubMed - NCBI

Much concern is provoked by the higher rates of sensitization to fragrances in younger children, compared to adolescents, which may be attributed to the higher exposure nowadays of infants and children to fragrant products. On the other hand, a limitation of exposure to the preservatives thimerosal and Kathon CG has resulted in decreased rates of sensitization to these haptens. Altogether, these observations demonstrate that the rates of contact sensitizations in children reflect changes in their environment, and limitations imposed on the use of haptens with strong sensitizing properties, may be an effective tool in the prevention of contact allergy.
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Endocrine Disruptors and Asthma-Associated Chemicals in Consumer Products

"We detected 55 compounds, indicating a wide range of exposures from common products. Vinyl products contained > 10% bis(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) and could be an important source of DEHP in homes. In other products, the highest concentrations and numbers of detects were in the fragranced products (e.g., perfume, air fresheners, and dryer sheets) and in sunscreens. Some products that did not contain the well-known endocrine-disrupting phthalates contained other less-studied phthalates (dicyclohexyl phthalate, diisononyl phthalate, and di-n-propyl phthalate; also endocrine-disrupting compounds), suggesting a substitution. Many detected chemicals were not listed on product labels."

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EU sniffs out ingredients blamed for skin allergies. Organic cosmetic newcomers will be worst affected - 2luxury2.com

EU sniffs out ingredients blamed for skin allergies. Organic cosmetic newcomers will be worst affected - 2luxury2.com | Fragrance Chemicals & Health | Scoop.it

"It is estimated that between 1-3% of the population in Europe has a skin allergy to fragrances, according to EU’s Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS)."

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The Scary Stuff That’s Hiding in Your Perfume - One Green Planet

The Scary Stuff That’s Hiding in Your Perfume - One Green Planet | Fragrance Chemicals & Health | Scoop.it
Your perfume or cologne may be hiding a whole lot of who-knows-what chemicals in them that may be aggravating your allergies or those around you with its toxins.
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European Commission Fact Sheet: Allergenic fragrances in cosmetic products

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Trigger factors mainly from the environmental type are reported by adolescents with migraine. [Arq Neuropsiquiatr. 2013] - PubMed - NCBI

"Results: Fifty of the participants exhibited chronic migraine and the other 50 participants demonstrated episodic migraine. The most common group of trigger factors reported was the environmental one, mainly sun/clarity, followed by hot weather and the smell of perfume. Conclusions: Ninety-one percent of children and adolescents with migraine reported a trigger factor precipitating the migraine attack."

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Europe mulls perfume ingredient ban

Europe mulls perfume ingredient ban | Fragrance Chemicals & Health | Scoop.it
The European Commission is to consider restricting 12 ingredients used in the production of perfume which it is thought can cause allergic reactions in users.
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Exposed: Cancer-Causing Toxins Found in Air Fresheners

"Here are some of the ingredients found in the popular metered air fresheners—you know, the ones that are battery-operated and pump out mists of supposed sanitizers several times an hour..."

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Why perfume could be making you depressed

Why perfume could be making you depressed | Fragrance Chemicals & Health | Scoop.it
"Some people have tremendously adverse reactions to very low levels of chemicals—chemicals most of us can't even smell," says study author Dr. David Katerndahl, a professor of family and community medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.
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Could Your Perfume Be Giving You Diabetes? | Rodale News

Could Your Perfume Be Giving You Diabetes? | Rodale News | Fragrance Chemicals & Health | Scoop.it
Researchers find a type of chemical used in perfumes, candles and other personal care products is linked to type 2 diabetes in adults.
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Not So Sexy: Hidden Chemicals in Perfume and Cologne | Environmental Working Group

Not So Sexy: Hidden Chemicals in Perfume and Cologne | Environmental Working Group | Fragrance Chemicals & Health | Scoop.it

"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."

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Odor sensitivity and respiratory complaint profiles in a community-based sample with asthma, hay fever, and chemical odor intolerance. [Toxicol Ind Health. 1999 Apr-Jun] - PubMed - NCBI

"...chemical odor intolerance ..., a symptom of multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS), was determined from self-ratings of feeling 'moderately' to 'severely' ill using the Chemical Odor Intolerance Index (CII). Index odors included perfume, pesticide, drying paint, new carpet odor, and car exhaust. Six additional odors [natural gas, disinfectants, chlorinated water, room deodorizers, and environmental tobacco smoke (ETS)] were also assessed in the health and environment survey. Asthmatics reported feeling 'frequently' to 'almost always' ill from the CII index odors of drying paint, new carpet odor, perfume, and cleaning agents compared to nonasthmatics."

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