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Consider checking your health symptoms and consider how you would be without these chemicals.HOW ABOUT FRAGRANT FREE POLICY IN PUBLIC PLACES
Twenty Most Common Chemicals Found in Thirty-One Fragrance Products.
Principal chemicals found in scented products are:
ACETONE in cologne, dishwashing liquid and detergent, nail enamel remover. Acetone is on the EPA, RCRA, CERCLA Hazardous Waste list.
Inhalation can cause dryness of the mouth and throat; dizziness, nausea, in coordination, slurred
speech , drowsiness, and, in severe exposures, coma. "Acts primarily as a
central nervous system (CNS) depressant.
BENZALDEHYDE is in perfume, cologne, hairspray, laundry bleach, deodorants, detergent, Vaseline lotion, shaving cream, shampoo, bar soap,
dishwasher detergent. It is a Narcotic. Sensitizer. It is a Local anesthetic,
CNS depressant irritation to the mouth, throat, eyes, skin, lungs, and GI
tract, causing nausea and abdominal pain. May cause kidney damage. "Do not use with contact
BENZYL ACETATE is in perfume, cologne, shampoo, fabric softener, stickup air freshener, dishwashing liquid and detergent, soap, hairspray,
bleach, aftershave, deodorants) - Carcinogenic (linked to pancreatic cancer);
From vapors: irritating to eyes and respiratory passages, exciting cough. In
mice: hyper anemia of the lungs .Can be absorbed through the skin causing
systemic effects." "Do not flush to sewer." If that is the case
why use it on your own body?
BENZYL ALCOHOL is in perfume, cologne, soap, shampoo, nail enamel remover, air freshener, laundry bleach and detergent, Vaseline lotion,
deodorants, fabric softener and is irritating to the upper respiratory tract
headache, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, drop in blood pressure, CNS depression,
and death in severe cases due to respiratory failure.
CAMPHOR in perfume, shaving cream, nail enamel, fabric softener,
Dish washer detergent, nail color, stickup air freshener) - "local irritant
and CNS stimulant" ..."readily absorbed through body tissues"yes""> irritation of eyes, nose and throat"
..."dizziness, confusion, nausea, twitching muscles and convulsions"
"Avoid inhalation of vapors."
ETHANOL (in: perfume, hairspray, shampoo, fabric softener, dish washing liquid and detergent, laundry detergent, shaving cream, soap,
Vaseline lotion, air fresheners, nail color and remover, paint and varnish
On EPA Hazardous Waste list; symptoms: "...fatigue; irritating to eyes and upper respiratory
tract even in low concentrations..." "Inhalation of ethanol vapors
can have effects similar to those characteristic of
ingestion. These include an initial stimulatory effect followed by
drowsiness , impaired vision, ataxia, stupor..." Causes CNS disorder.
ETHYL ACETATE (in: after shave, cologne, perfume, shampoo, nail color, nailenamel remover, fabric softener, dishwashing liquid) - Narcotic. On
EPAHazardous Waste list; "...irritating to the eyes and respiratory
tract""may cause headache and narcosis (stupor)” ..."defatting
effect on skin and may cause drying and cracking" ..."may cause
anemia with leukocytosis and damage to liver and kidneys" "Wash
thoroughly after handling."
LIMONENE (in: perfume, cologne, disinfectant spray, bar soap, shaving cream,
deodorants, nail color and remover, fabric softener, dishwashing liquid, airfresheners, after shave,
bleach, paint and varnish remover) - Carcinogenic."Prevent its contact
with skin or eyes because it is an irritant and sensitizer." "Always
wash thoroughly after using this material and before eating, drinking,
...applying cosmetics. Do not inhale limonene vapor."
Is this a joke ????These poisons are sold in order to inhale.
LINALOOL (in: perfume, cologne, bar soap, shampoo, hand lotion, nail enamel remover , hairspray, laundry detergent,
dishwashing liquid, vaseline lotion , air fresheners, bleach powder, fabric
softener, shaving cream, after shave , solid deodorant) - Narcotic. Respiratory
bees." "In animal tests: ataxic gait, reduced spontaneous motor
activity and depression ... development of respiratory disturbances leading to
death."depressed frog-heart activity." Causes CNS disorder.
METHYLENE CHLORIDEin: shampoo, cologne, paint and varnish remover) -Banned by the FDA in 1988! No enforcement possible due to trade secret laws
protecting chemical fragrance industry. On EPA, RCRA, CERCLA Hazardous Waste lists.
"Carcinogenic Absorbed, stored in body fat, it metabolizes to carbon
monoxide, reducing oxygen-carrying capacity of the blood." "Headache,
giddiness, stupor, irritability, fatigue, tingling in the limbs." Causes
a-PINENE in: bar and liquid soap, cologne, perfume, shaving cream,
deodorants, dishwashing liquid, air freshener. Sensitizer damaging to the immune system.
g-TERPINENE in: cologne, perfume, soap, shaving cream, deodorant, air freshener) - "Causes asthma and CNS disorders."
a-TERPINEOL in perfume, cologne, laundry detergent, bleach powder, laundry bleach, fabric softener, stickup air freshener, vaseline
lotion, cologne, soap, hairspray,
after shave, roll-on deodorant) - highly irritating to mucous membranes..
Aspiration into the lungs can produce pneumonitis or even fatal edema."
Can also cause excitement, ataxia (loss of muscular coordination), hypothermia,
CNS and respiratory depression, and headache. Prevent repeated or prolonged
HOW DO YOU DO THAT IF ITS YOUR DETERGENT OR AFTER SHAVE OR OR CREAM OR SOAP?
Unable to secure MSDS for the following chemicals: 1,8-CINEOLE;
b-CITRONELLOL; b-MYRCENE; NEROL; OCIMENE; b-PHENETHYL ALCOHOL; a-TERPINOLENE
95% of chemicals used in fragrances are synthetic compounds derived from petroleum. They include
benzene derivatives, aldehydes and many other known toxics and sensitizers -
capable of causing cancer, birth defects, central nervous system disorders and
allergic reactions. Neurotoxins: At Home andyes""> the Workplace, Report by the Committee on Science &
Technology, U.S. House
of Representatives, Sept. 16, 1986. (Report 99-827)
Central Nervous System disorders (brain and spine) include Multiple
Sclerosis, Parkinson's Disease, Alzheimer's Disease, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.
Chloroform was found in tests of fabric softeners: EPA's 1991 study.
A room containing an air freshener had high levels of p-dichlorobenzene (a carcinogen) and ethanol: EPA's 1991 study.
An FDA analysis (1968-1972) of 138 compounds used in cosmetics that most frequently involved
adverse reactions, identified five chemicals- alpha-terpineol, benzyl acetate,
benzyl alcohol, limonene and linalool
that are among the 20 most commonly used in the 31 fragrance products
tested by the EPA in 1991!
Thirty-three million Americans suffer from sinusitis an inflammation orinfection of sinus passages).
Twelve million Americans have asthma. Asthma and asthma deaths have increased over 30% in the past 10 years.
Headaches cost $50 billion in lost productivity and medical expenses and 157 million lost work days in 1991.
"Focus on Fragrance and Health," by Louise Kosta, The Human
Ecologist, Fall 1992.
Written by: Julia Kendall, Co-Chair, Citizens for a Toxic-Free Marin; Phone:
Reference: Lance Wallace, Environmental Protection Agency, Excerpts from"Health Hazard Information" References: Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS)