Someone shared a very good PDF handout with me the other day, one that I had never seen before. It gently explains to people why there is a problem with fragrance, why people may need to avoid fragrances, that it is not the smell, it’s not personal, and a few other bits of helpful information The resource links are old and could be updated (somehow), but it’s otherwise a great tool to share with people who don’t understand.
I can’t find a link to share it from elsewhere, so I am posting it here to make it easily available.
The text image is copied below.
I’m unable to capture better quality screenshots, so apologies for the quality (it’s a bit fuzzy when you click on it to see it full size). To copy and paste the text messes up the formatting and would require energy to re-do it all. At least this gives an idea of what you will find in the PDF.
Fragrance Free Environments and No Fragrance Spaces
by Roberta K Rigsby, PhD 1996
Some of the points she elaborates on were briefly brought up in
(Then 1996 – 2015 Now)
We’ve had more than enough people become disabled and develop other chronic health conditions from the chemicals used in fragranced laundry, personal care, cleaning, and other everyday products. Children are suffering too. Let’s demand non-toxic products from manufacturers, and regulations that put our health and well-being before private profits. They need to prohibit known or suspected harmful chemicals from being used in everyday products, and ingredients that have not been tested for health effects should not be allowed in use until they are proven safe for everyone who breathes. Products that pollute people (and babies) for private profit should not be allowed.
Not only that, but toxic chemicals in everyday products and materials are creating barriers to access. According to human rights laws, barriers to access must be removed and other methods utilized so that people with disabilities have equal access to everything.
The great news is that healthy indoor environments actually benefit everyone.