Fragrance Chemicals & Health
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This topic explore how air fresheners, scented cleaning products, scented laundry detergents, and perfumes may affect health.
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Hazards of Scented Products: The Top Health & Fitness Moments of 2014 - Men's Journal

Hazards of Scented Products: The Top Health & Fitness Moments of 2014 - Men's Journal | Fragrance Chemicals & Health | Scoop.it

"Whether it's your car air freshener, laundry detergent, cologne, or 'pine fresh' aftershave, if it's scented, it's likely laden with phthalates. These hormone-disrupting chemicals can cause a host of health issues."

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Men's Phthalate Levels Linked to Pregnancy Trouble - Live Science

Men's Phthalate Levels Linked to Pregnancy Trouble - Live Science | Fragrance Chemicals & Health | Scoop.it
High levels of some hormone-mimicking chemicals, phthalates, in men, is linked to delayed pregnancy in their female partners.
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EHP – Phthalate Exposure and Allergy in the U.S. Population: Results from NHANES 2005-2006

"Conclusion: In this cross-sectional analysis of a nationally representative sample, HMW phthalate metabolites, particularly MBzP, were positively associated with allergic symptoms and sensitization in adults, but there was no strong evidence for associations between phthalates and allergy in children aged 6-17 years."

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Phthalates are common ingredients in air fresheners and other fragranced products.

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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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Caution: These seven household items may feminize baby boys - Environmental Working Group

"High phthalate levels have been linked to decreased sperm motility and concentration and altered hormone levels in adult men; in a recent study of 134 newborn boys and their mothers, researchers found distinct differences in the reproductive systems of the boys whose mothers had the highest phthalate levels during pregnancy. Further research revealed that those moms' phthalate levels weren't uncommon -- in fact, an estimated one quarter of American women would have similarly high phthalate levels. ...

 

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Fragrance: Diethyl phthalate (DEP) is often used as part of the "fragrance" in some products. Since DEP won't be listed separately, you're better off choosing personal care products, detergents, and cleansers that don't have the word "fragrance" on the ingredients list. ...

 

Air Fresheners: New research from the NRDC demonstrates that, just like fragrances in personal care products, most air fresheners contain phthalates. That even goes for the ones labeled "fragrance free." NRDC suggests that you open your windows and use fans to circulate air and keep it fresh."

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5 Reasons to Avoid Air Fresheners

5 Reasons to Avoid Air Fresheners | Fragrance Chemicals & Health | Scoop.it
Have you ever wondered what’s in those myriad air fresheners that make your home smell like a tropical vacation or a woodsy cabin surrounded by wildflowers? It’s certainly not roses… Here are five reasons we think you should altogether avoid air fresheners.
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