Some people are promoting their essential oils and EO containing products as being #FragranceFree.
A few years ago others were claiming their essential oils were #ScentFree.
It seems we need to have a closer look at this before more people are hurt.
Posted in Accessibility, Environmental Health, Environmental Sensitivities, Fragrance, Indoor Air Quality
Tagged allergies, aromatherapy, essential oils, formaldehyde, fragrance-free, Hormone-Disrupting Chemicals, MCS, MCS/ES, policy, scent free, terpenes, VOCs
Women’s Voices For the Earth are offering those of us who have been harmed by chemical exposures an opportunity to share our stories and experiences.
Has Your Health Been Harmed by Toxic Chemicals?
Share Your Story!
“When you share your experiences, it not only changes people who connect with your story, it also changes you. When people share their personal stories on a social issue, they become more invested in that issue because it is now theirs (Beautiful Rising.org). What’s more, it is contagious: Sharing leads to sharing leads to sharing and helps communities and individuals connect over similarities and differences.
We want to hear from you! Tell us, how have exposures to harmful chemicals impacted your health?
And if you are interested, WVE can also help you amplify your story in the media, or with policy and decision makers.”
Learn more here:
Posted in Environmental Health, Fragrance, Toxic Trespass
Tagged allergies, chemical sensitivity, environmental sensitivities, fragrance chemicals, hazardous air pollutants, MCS, multiple chemical sensitivities, petrochemicals, Products
But Shouldn’t Have to Be
Guest Post by Joanne Cabe
I read a post from someone who was out of work and broke, who wrote that being quarantined and broke, or being an essential worker and working over time, isn’t normal for anyone.
I had to respond. I don’t know that it will do any good on people’s awareness, but this was my try for the day:
Posted in Accessibility, Air Quality, Environmental Health, Fragrance, Health
Tagged allergies, barriers, chemical sensitivity, environmental sensitivities, fragrance-free, hazardous air pollutants, IAQ, invisible disabilities, MCS, multiple chemical sensitivities, Products, sanitizers, scented
Dear everyone, if you are Canadian, please sign this petition, and no matter where you are, please share this with all the Canadians you know!
e-2729 Petition to the Government of Canada
We, the undersigned, citizens of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to:
1. Create an international classification of disease designation code in Canada for environmental sensitivities so that those affected may have access to medical care;
2. Include environmental sensitivities as a disability that must be accommodated on all relevant documents and forms in governmental departments and organizations that minister social assistance, housing, medical, and other public services; and
3. Ensure all indoor public spaces are declared scent and fragrance-free.
Posted in Accessibility, Disability, Environmental Health, Fragrance, Government, Health Care, Human Rights, Policy, Public Health
Tagged allergies, asthma, chemical sensitivity, CIRS, EHS, environmental illness, fibromyalgia, fragrance-free, human canaries, IAQ, ICD, invisible disabilities, MCS, MCS/ES, mould, multiple chemical sensitivities, petition, scent free, TILT, video
I saw an announcement on fb from a city agency that was opening up an arena to allow homeless people a place to shower, and they were also providing soap, shampoo, and other necessities.
“People who are homeless or precariously housed in (the city) relied upon bathrooms and showers in public facilities. But, they have closed their doors during the pandemic. There are now free showers and washrooms open daily at (the) Arena.”
Homelessness is something far too many human canaries are intimately familiar with, since there are so few accessible, medically safe housing options available when our ‘sensitivities’ become disabling. Many human canaries are precariously housed too.
Graphic image text description:
Toothbrushes, shampoo, soap, and more provided.
Free showers & washrooms
Is the soap and shampoo fragrance-free so that people with environmental ‘sensitivities’ could also access the space?
MAY is MCS/ES Awareness Month
I was (due to MCS/ES related accessibility barriers) homeless myself for a year, and the need to shower did not go away. I know several homeless canaries now, one who just a few days ago was discussing her attempts to create a shower outside the van she is living in, so I asked the fb page a question about accessibility for homeless canaries.
Here’s what happened:
Posted in Accessibility, Air Quality, Disability, Environmental Health, Environmental Sensitivities, Fragrance, Human Rights, Medically Required Housing, Policy, Public Health
Tagged accessibility barriers, accessibility standards, allergies, asthma, chemical sensitivity, fragrance-free, homeless, human canary, IAQ, invisible disabilities, MCS, multiple chemical sensitivities, shower
Are you on facebook?
If so, please check out and follow the
They share memes with accompanying information for people with chemical, fragrance, and environmental ‘sensitivities’.
This is one of my absolute favourites!
A fair skinned woman is growing out of a terra cotta flower pot. She wears something white and sleeveless. She has long wavy hair that is surrounded by several pink flowers of varying sizes. Her head is tilted to one side and that arm is holding up one of the flowers between her ear and her forehead.
If you were meant to smell of fragrance you would’ve been a plant.
Be fragrance free, it’s what nature intended.
#No Fragrances #No Essential Oils SOS #Back to Basics
Direct link to this specific fb post:
Posted in Air Quality, Environment, Fragrance, Health Promotion, Nature
Tagged allergies, asthma, chemical sensitivity, environmental sensitivities, essential oils, fragrance sensitivity, fragrance-free, images, MCAS, MCS, multiple chemical sensitivities
Having been housebound for far too many years due to having to avoid exposure to common, everyday products and materials that disable me, has given me time to observe the world (and sometimes even make a little sense of it).
Still, there are some things that make no sense. With over 404,207 Ontario citizens diagnosed with MCS, and 740,370 with one or more diagnoses of MCS, FM, and/or CFS (ME) (in 2016), why hasn’t the Ontario government done anything about the Task Force recommendation to raise
Posted in Accessibility, Air Quality, Disability, Environmental Health, Fragrance, Human Rights, Policy, Public Health
Tagged allergies, asthma, autism, cancer, CFS/ME, chemical sensitivity, environmental sensitivities, fibromyalgia, fragrance-free, hazardous air pollutants, IAQ, invisible disabilities, MCS, multiple chemical sensitivities, sensitive to pollution, toxic trespass, VOCs
There are those who invite us to celebrations, sometimes year after year, but who also refuse to remove the accessibility barriers so that we can attend.
There are 25 barriers in this photo.
Can you find them all?
Click on the image to enlarge it.
Learn more here:
Posted in Accessibility, Air Quality, Community, Disability, Environmental Health, Fragrance, Products
Tagged accessibility barriers, allergies, asthma, autism, cancer, chemical sensitivity, environmental sensitivities, fibromyalgia, Fragrance, hazardous air pollutants, IAQ, invisible disabilities, MCS, multiple chemical sensitivities, quit fragrance, toxic chemicals, VOCs
The Canadian Human Rights Commission’s
Policy on Environmental Sensitivities
has been updated to add more on scent-free policies.
Image description: “Environmental sensitivity and scent-free policies” text on a blue background to the left, with a photo of a dark haired woman resting her chin on her hand, while looking wistfully (towards the title text) out a window with rain drops on it, on the right side.
The new policy includes this:
“A scent-free policy is similar to other workplace policies such as
anti-harassment policies. It applies to all employees and is intended to guide
their conduct. If an employee does not comply with the policy, disciplinary
action can be taken.”
“If an employee with environmental sensitivities needs to leave because of a trigger, this person should not suffer negative impacts because of their disability
or their need for accommodation.”
Visit the CHRC website to download the PDF:
Full text of the policy
(as copied from their PDF for people who have difficulties with PDFs):
Posted in Accessibility, Air Quality, Disability, Environmental Sensitivities, Fragrance, Government, Human Rights, Policy
Tagged accommodation, allergies, anti-harassment, chemical sensitivity, CHRC, employment, fragrance-free, health and safety, IAQ, invisible disabilities, less toxic, MCS, multiple chemical sensitivities, scent free, service providers