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Fragrance Chemicals & Health
This topic explore how air fresheners, scented cleaning products, scented laundry detergents, and perfumes may affect health.
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Why You Need to Ditch Dryer Sheets - EcoWatch

Why You Need to Ditch Dryer Sheets - EcoWatch | Fragrance Chemicals & Health | Scoop.it

 

"Fragrances can include tens to hundreds of different chemicals, some of which are toxic, and many of which are known allergens, like limonene and linalool. All fragrance chemicals are usually kept secret from consumers. Dryer sheets can contain volatile organic compounds like acetaldehyde and butane, which can cause respiratory irritation. Quats, a fabric softener chemical, is often part of a family of chemicals called quaternary ammonium compounds, many of which are linked to asthma. Acetone, used in dryer sheets, can cause nervous system effects like headaches or dizziness.

 

Not surprisingly, when asked, survey respondents frequently report adverse health effects from exposure to dryer vents. One study found nearly 11 percent of the respondents reported irritation from exposure to emissions from dryer vents vented outside. Nearly 40 percent of respondents who indicated that they were “chemically sensitive” reported irritation from dryer vent emissions."

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TOXIC CHEMICALS IN AIR FRESHENER AND HEALTH EFFECTS - Dr. Anne Steinemann

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Hidden Hazards in Air Fresheners and Deodorizers - Dr. Anne Steinemann

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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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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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Prevalence of fragrance sensitivity in the American Population. [J Environ Health. 2009] - PubMed - NCBI

"Results aggregated from both surveys found that 30.5% of the general population reported scented products on others irritating, 19% reported adverse health effects from air fresheners, and 10.9% reported irritation by scented laundry products vented outside. This study reveals that a considerable percentage of the U.S. population reports adverse health effects or irritation from fragranced products, with higher percentages among those with asthma and chemical sensitivity."

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TOXIC CHEMICALS IN FRAGRANCE LAUNDRY PRODUCTS AND HEALTH EFFECTS - Dr. Anne Steineman

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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 8:03 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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Chemical Watch | News| Increased risk of heart problems following long-term use of cleaning products

Researchers have found that long-term use of household sprays and scented products is associated with reduced heart rate variability in older women, which suggests an increased risk of cardiovascular health hazards.
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Accommodation and Compliance Series: Employees with Fragrance Sensitivity

The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) is the leading source of free, confidential, and practical information on workforce accommodations and the employment provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
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Fragranced consumer products and undisclosed ingredients

"First, no law in the U.S. requires disclosure of all chemical ingredients in consumer products or in fragrances. Second, in these six products, nearly 100 volatile organic compounds (VOCs) were identified, but none of the VOCs were listed on any product label, and one was listed on one MSDS. Third, of these identified VOCs, ten are regulated as toxic or hazardous under federal laws, with three (acetaldehyde, chloromethane, and 1,4-dioxane) classified as Hazardous Air Pollutants (HAPs). Results point to a need for improved understanding of product constituents and mechanisms between exposures and effects."

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