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Monday, December 10, 2007
Perfume Can Harm Us?
I recently read something that certainly has me looking at perfumes alittle differently.
According to a report published by the National Academy of Sciences, the following chemicals are commonly used in perfumes and can cause various reactions:
propylene glycol, which is considered to be a chemical that damages the immune system
cyclohexanol, which has a depressive action on the central nervous system
linalool, which has been shown to cause an irregular gait, depression and respiratory problems
methyl ethyl ketone, which can cause unconsciousness, emphysema, and congestion of the liver and kidneys
formaldehyde, which is a known carcinogen with many damaging traits.
There's a problem though because perfume companies are not required to list their ingredients. Why? Because chemical formulas of fragrances are considered trade secrets!
The good news is that organic perfumes are slowly emerging into the marketplace and I'll be trying one of these.
Has anyone tried one of these organic perfumes? If so, can you give us your thoughts.
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