If fragrances and the products they are added to didn’t contain so many seriously harmful ingredients which pollute the air we all breathe, the clothing we wear, the water we drink, and the soil we grow the foods we eat in, there wouldn’t be a need to go fragrance-free. Strangely, the fragrance industry has seen fit to include a vast array of toxic, petrochemical pollutants and highly allergenic substances in their products.
Here are some resources to use in making schools, workplaces and homes safer places to be. Some are new, some I’ve already linked to in other places on this site.
Hope you find them helpful.
from The CDC and MCS
The CDC Indoor Environmental Quality Policy from 2009 explicitly states:
“Fragrance is not appropriate for a professional work environment, and the use of some products with fragrance may be detrimental to the health of workers with chemical sensitivities, allergies, asthma, and chronic headaches/migraines.” …
Potential hazards include chemicals, biological agents, fragrant products, and physical conditions that may cause irritation, illness, or exacerbate existing health conditions” …
Also see: Fragrance-Free and Healthy Schools (updated) for more resources
“The safety of the chemicals in fragrances is not assessed by any publicly accountable agency or by cosmetics industry self-policing review panels.”
Download a PDF of the Fragrance Fact Sheet by the Canadian Partnership for Children’s Health & Environment from the link below:
Fragrance Fact Sheet by the Canadian Partnership for Children’s Health & Environment
Some chemicals used in fragrances may also contribute to long-term health effects. For example, phthalates, a type of chemical used to make a scent last longer, may interfere with the body’s hormone system. Phthalate exposures during pregnancy have been linked to birth defects in male reproductive organs and other adverse effects.
Avoid wearing perfume, cologne or scented body care products, particularly when pregnant, around children, at work or in public places. And don’t use fragranced personal care products on your baby or child.
Download a PDF of this poster from CCOHS at the link below:
See info from CCOHS on creating a Scent-Free Policy for the Workplace HERE
…“it is standard environmental health practice to discourage the use of air fresheners, scented products, and fragrances in homes and other indoor spaces.
We were surprised and deeply disappointed to learn that the Agency’s Design for the Environment program (DfE) created a “fragrance” category of chemicals for commercial and consumer cleaning products. The vast majority of chemicals listed — 93 of the 119 total — have “hazard profile issues” because they are identified in one of
these three categories:
“Lacks sufficient sensitization data”; or a
(from pediatricians and respiratory experts, including the American Lung Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics)
See Toxic Chemicals in Fragranced Laundry Products and Health Effects
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There are many more links and resources in the sidebar here as well as in an assortment of blog posts (type “fragrance” into the search box and see what comes up)…
SO MUCH INFO is available now on how harmful fragrance ingredients can be!
What is everyone waiting for?
When we purchase fragranced products, we are supporting an industry that cares about their profits, regardless of the consequences. Currently, the consequences are borne by us and will have a greater adverse impact on future generations.
Being fragrance free is good for you, good for me, good for our air, good for our water, and most importantly perhaps, it’s good for future generations too.
Fragrance Free Implementation Kit
Fragrance Ingredients & Disclosure
Reports: Fragrance Chemicals