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 What dangers can perfumes and other fragrances pose to your health!

from Sixwise.com May, 2007


We have all been there. You are in a movie theater, on an airplane or in some other closed quarters that, for whatever reason, you are required to remain in. Then in walks that man or woman wearing way too much of the strongest -- and usually worst smelling -- cologne or perfume. Of course, they usually sit right next to you.

At best, this is an annoyance. But especially for those with chemical sensitivities, and also for everyone else, perfumes, colognes and other fragrances can actually harm your health.

What are Fragrances Made Of?

About 95 percent of the chemicals used in fragrances are synthetic, petroleum-based compounds. For people with allergies or multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS), these chemicals can lead to allergic reactions like sneezing, itchy watery eyes, wheezing and headaches.

Other health conditions that can be exacerbated by fragrances, according to Tracie DeFreilas Saab, M.S., author of a comprehensive discussion, "Individuals with Fragrance Sensitivity," include asthma, environmental illness (EI) and migraines.

But that doesn't mean the rest of us aren't affected. An investigation into fragrances, perfumes and colognes by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) found several areas of concern:

  • 16 percent of the products they reviewed contained ingredients that may cause cancer

  • 5 percent may contain harmful impurities linked to cancer or other health problems

  • 18 percent contained penetration enhancers that increase exposures to carcinogens and other ingredients of concern

  • 98 percent of products contained ingredients not assessed for safety in cosmetics or with insufficient data

  • 76 percent contained ingredients that are allergens

  • 13 percent of products posed other potential health concerns

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