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Allergens Are Hiding in Your Scented Products

Posted By Lori On February 20, 2013 @ 6:03 am In Green Advocacy,Healthy Living | 8 Comments

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Scented products are everywhere. Walk down the shampoo aisle in your local supermarket and the flowery fragrance is hard to miss. Shampoo, lotion, cosmetics, air fresheners, and even cleaners all can contain added ‘fragrance’. Did you know that fragrances can be made up of more than 100 chemicals, all of which are kept secret by manufacturers? Some of these hidden ingredients are known to trigger allergic reactions in sensitive people.

The solution is simple

If fragrance ingredients were simply listed on the product label, a consumer could avoid many of these adverse reactions.  

Right now, consumers have no way of avoiding allergens or other chemicals in fragranced products because most companies keep fragrance ingredients a secret — labels will simply say “fragrance” instead of listing out the ingredients.

Our friends at Women’s Voices for the Earth are once again [4] releasing an important report today, Secret Scents: How Hidden Fragrance Allergens Harm Public Health [5]. In the report and as shown in the infographic below they discuss the widespread impact of fragrance allergies—what they look like, why women and children are more impacted, and why companies should be disclosing fragrance ingredients in their products.

Please note this graphic focuses on allergy, but allergy is not the only health problem linked to fragrance. Neurotoxic effects, respiratory effects, immune system impacts and others are also associated with fragrance and deserve greater investigation and attention than they have received.

Here’s what you can do right now to avoid allergens in scented products

Groovy Green Livin Scented products infographic [5]

If you want to read the full report head on over to Women’s Voices for the Earth [5].

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8 Comments To "Allergens Are Hiding in Your Scented Products"

#1 Comment By Annabelle Randles On February 20, 2013 @ 3:56 pm

If you are sensitive to perfumes you might be also be suffering from Multiple Chemical Sensitivity. Best to avoid them altogether
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#2 Comment By Micaela @MindfulMomma On February 22, 2013 @ 8:48 am

I’m hopeful that the Safe Chemicals Act will get passed and we will all be safer!
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#3 Pingback By Scents And Sensitivity: – Moms Clean Air Force On February 26, 2013 @ 8:39 am

[...] for Heather to keep Sophie safe. One thing standing in her way is the fact that most manufacturers don’t disclose the ingredients that make up their fragrances. Fragrance ingredient disclosure is not required, so very few manufacturers actually do [...]

#4 Pingback By Scents And Sensitivity – Moms Clean Air Force On February 26, 2013 @ 9:27 am

[...] for Heather to keep Sophie safe. One thing standing in her way is the fact that most manufacturers don’t disclose the ingredients that make up their fragrances. Fragrance ingredient disclosure is not required, so very few manufacturers actually do [...]

#5 Comment By Anne On February 26, 2013 @ 10:54 pm

So much women just didn’t know a few years ago…time to stop this nonsense and pass the Safe Chemicals Act!
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#6 Comment By Lori On February 27, 2013 @ 11:38 am

I agree Anne. This has to end. Such a simple solution, yet so much resistance.

#7 Pingback By Scents & Sensitivty – This Little Soap of Mine On March 6, 2013 @ 8:48 am

[...] for Heather to keep Sophie safe. One thing standing in her way is the fact that most manufacturers don’t disclose the ingredients that make up their fragrances. Fragrance ingredient disclosure is not required, so very few manufacturers actually do [...]

#8 Pingback By Allergens Are Hiding in Your Scented Products -… On August 14, 2013 @ 4:19 am

[…] Scented products are everywhere. Did you know that fragrances can be made up of more than 100 chemicals, all of which are kept secret by manufacturers?  […]


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