10 comments to “Doubts Raised About Chemical Stew in Fragrances Used in Consumer Products”

  1. Dean Deckor

    I too have increasing MCS. I am looking for a mask (respirator type seems better), that filters esp. perfume and other artificial scents, and cigarette smoke. But strangely enough, the mask makers don’t mention filtering perfume on their websites. Maybe because they also make money from ‘the other side’: air fresheners (what a psychopathic joke: air ‘freshener’ , air poisener is more accurate). Or just not to rock the boat in general, industry doesn’t want to inform the public that fragrances are full of toxins…
    Also I am very upset to have this invisible handicap that often still has a stigma of being faked, because one supposedly is over emotional or mentally ill, how very convenient for the industry. But more and more countries like Spain (Europe) have now recognized MCS, so that’s a good thing.
    Double whammy because now you not only have a very unpractical handicap, but also have to educate people in your environment (including your family and friends!) while they are sniggering behind your back because they indeed have been brainwashed by the industry that synthetic fragrances are only very nice, and therefore essential, and completely harmless to everyone.
    As with asbestos, it will take a long time before everyone catches on. Many people and the environment because of air pollution (recent research -McDonald, Feb. 2018- has shown that now synthetic fragrance is globally a mayor issue) will suffer unnecessarily, because industry seems to try to pretty much rule the world.

  2. Jean | DelightfulRepast.com

    I offended a friend yesterday by having an allergic reaction to her fragrance and having the nerve to say so. She swears she uses no fragranced products. I think she must have absorbed the fragrance from her car, which I know is heavily fragranced with her car air fresheners.

  3. Elain Mendez

    I suffer severe reactions due to fragrance chemical exposure including the inability to breathe. I’ve had several “near death” experiences. Still, fragrance users openly disregard my medical needs and seem angry that I have to wear a chemical respirator due to their fragrance use. I recently came upon 2 blog sites for fragrance users who claim to be addicted and who are trying to stop using. Judging from the denials I have heard from fragrance users, I believe there is an addiction. I was surprised to have accidently found those sites and then to read their words. There was years worth and many contributors. There were also many indications of severe body image issues and self doubt concerning body odor. A real eye opener for me. I realize that fragrance users likely have a personality disorder or a self image issues. I think the smell of clean natural skin is very sexy. I love the way my husbands skin naturally smells. The fact that he is a confident man who has never felt the need to use fragrance shows his intelligence. Confidence is very sexy.

  4. Chalat Ithwang

    When I was a high school student in secondary level; I always sneeze when I get class from our teacher, I did not understand why it happens, mother of a friend of mine , knowing I realized that i had fragrance allergy just like her, then i went to a allergy Dr.to make sure to confirm, to knowing this i I requested him not to use the perfume. Thus I came to know about the fragrance allergy.

  5. Ruth Shannon

    I have bronchiectasis that is exacerbated by the same triggers as asthma, i.e., air pollution including scented products. It has become impossible for me to cope with the perfumed air in ALL public buildings – libraries, cinemas, fitness gyms, doctor’s offices, banks, airplanes, food stores, etc. Today, I had to remove the wrappings from food bought at the supermarket. (Inside the plastic wrapping, the rice cakes were also perfumed.) Kleenex boxes and cans of juice are airing outside along with the clothing my husband wore while shopping. I stay at home as much as possible. Health and family relationships are being ruined, because profit is more important than people. People have been brainwashed to believe that everything on and around them must be strongly scented.

  6. Joseph Davis

    I mix and distribute Fragrance Sprays and Burner/Diffuser Oils. With each fragrance, I always request a MSDS (Materiel Safety Data Sheet) from my vendors and provide it to customers. In addition, I have printed on my labels “Not for use on skin or clothing” as a disclaimer. I will not use any fragrances in my products that knowingly lead to any adverse effect to my customers. To date, I’ve had no complaints. Nonetheless, I consider it my responsibility to research, to the best of my ability, any possible health issues associated with my fragrances or blends. As previously stated, information from the major agencies mainly the I.F.A. has been hard to come by.

  7. Claire M

    I used to wear a small amount of perfume daily. Then at the start of a new semester, one of my college students — an asthma sufferer — would have sneezing fits whenever he sat near me in class — but not when he sat toward the back of the room. I teased him that he was allergic to me! Then, having learned about fragrance allergies, it occurred to me that he might be allergic to my perfume, so I stopped wearing it. Sure enough, when the student sat in the front the next time, he had no allergic reaction! I then informed him about his probable fragrance allergy, which was probably affected by many other chemicals in the course of his day. One wonders how many cases like that go unnoticed and how many suffer needlessly as a result! We need to spread the word!

  8. Lisa W

    I developed severe sensitivity to fragrance after sitting near an heavy user of “very expensive” fragrance. For years I thought I was developing hypoglycemia or diabetes or an auto-immune disease. It NEVER occurred to me that I could be suffering due to fragrance. Every day about an hour after I arrived at work, I would start to feel irritable, nauseated, anxious, sweaty, and confused. My heart raced, I’d frequently need to clear my throat and I’d get a very bad headaches. I’d also get diarrhea as well. It was a very long time before I connected the symptoms with the arrival of my heavily scented co-worker.

    Over the course of a few years (my late 20’s-early 30’s), I had several doctors check my blood for irregularities found in a CBC blood test, for lupus (had butterfly rash which turned out to be rosacea), for heart issues, had MRI for headaches, had endoscopy and colonoscopy. An allergist ruled out the standard food and environmental allergies. Every test had normal results. Doctors concluded that I just had too much stress. I tried doing Candida albicans cleanse diet (very restrictive diet that cuts out all sugars/sweeteners, processed foods) and while I felt more energy, I still had same issues at work.

    It wasn’t until my mid-thirties when I was exposed for several months to heavy cigarette use followed by industrial room freshener (tenants in apartment below mine) and the intensity & frequency all my symptoms increased dramatically, that I realized fragrance was the original culprit. After that, it was fragrance, cleaning products, scented laundry products, adhesives, paint/varnish, car exhaust, diesel fumes. I also added more symptoms: foggy thinking, memory issues, blurred vision, sensitivity to light and sound, fatigue, inability to lose weight.

    I finally found a new allergist who diagnosed me with Multiple Chemical Sensitivity and then a neurologist who confirmed the diagnosis.

    Nowhere on any product containing fragrance did I ever see anything stating any of the ingredients could contain toxic chemicals, allergens, sensitizers, or hormone disrupters or could cause Multiple Chemical Sensitivity.

    If I had known, I would have demanded seating far away from my smelly co-worker or found a new job. I could have moved to a safe place immediately instead of waiting two months.

    I recall a movie called the Incredible Shrinking Woman starring Lily Tomlin and see how right it was. Only it’s not my height that is shrinking, it’s my quality of life. This is thanks to fragrance & chemicals companies’ substandard testing and morals, to government officials who look the other way. An extra special mention to selfish heavy use fragrance wearers who chose vanity over humanity.

  9. Joanie Hedrick

    I too have strong reactions to fragrances in perfumes, lotions, hand sanitizers, the very strong bathroom deodorizers at work and carpet cleaning stuff at work. I can sympathize with anyone that has to deal with this. My symptoms range from; usually serious brain fog, nausea, headaches, lungs feeling full/achy, coughing, eyes feel dry and irritated to name a few depending on the fragrance/chemical also with hands and feet going numb and sometimes chest pain. I have had an uphill battle with my job they are just now starting to do somethings to help but it is really minimal.

  10. julie mellum

    Most all fragranced products, including essential oil plant-based products, contain many toxic chemicals that are not only cancer-causing, but hormone disrupting. They are implicated in asthma episodes, and even in causing asthma. They’re also implicated in reproductive birth defects in babies, which are at an all time high and skyrocketing. Many fragrance free products are now on the market. Fragrance free laundry products are especially important to use, and they’re safer for yourself and for others.

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