You may have arrived here because you read Troy's informational pamphlet--

What You Need to Know About Fragrance Chemicals to Keep Your Family Health and Safe 

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Below are references for the pamphlet, as well as other reliable sources of information on the topic.


2016 study: Fragranced consumer products: exposures and effects from emissions (Anne Steinemann, PhD)

2019 study by Dr. Steinemann: International prevalence of fragrance sensitivity

Campaign for Safe Cosmetics: Fragrance Disclosure

Harvard Medical School article: Toxic beauty | Are your personal care products putting your health at risk?

Health Risks from Perfume: The Most Common Chemicals Found in Thirty-One Fragrance Products by a 1991 EPA Study

From International Fragrance Association (IFRA) The "transparency list" (This is a partial list of the approximately 4000 chemicals that could be hidden behind the term "fragrance" on any given product).

Breast Cancer Prevention Partners: Fragrance

According to BCPP, avoiding fragrance is the #1 way to reduce your breast cancer risk.

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America Allergy Facts and Figures

Dr. Daniel Pompa: The Most Dangerous Toxin in Homes! (Short Instagram clip)

MUST-WATCH: Stink! The Movie (90 minutes)

Invisible Disabilities® Association: Choose Friendships Over Fragrances

Jessica Alba Exposes Toxic Secrets Behind Household Fragrances! Instagram clip

FDA: FDA Authority Over Cosmetics: How Cosmetics Are Not FDA-Approved, but Are FDA-Regulated (Although with the fragrance loophole, are they regulated at all?)

Environmental Working Group: Body Burden: The Pollution in Newborns

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences: Endocrine Disruptors

Estrogeneration: How Estrogenics Are Making You Fat, Sick, and Infertile Book by Anthony G. Jay

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke:  Neurotoxicity 

Environmental Health News: Obesogens: Chemicals that cause weight gain

SCCNFP: Opinion of the Scientific Committee on Cosmetic Products and Non-food Products Intended For Consumers Concerning Essential Oils 

Key takeaway: 

"None of these studies indicates a difference in allergenicity between a fragrance ingredient synthetically produced or extracted from a natural product... There is no demonstration in the peer reviewed scientific literature that fragrances compounds of natural origin are ‘safer’ than synthetics."

Professor Anne Steinemann, PhD, a world expert on environmental pollutants, air quality, and health effects: "People may choose essential oils because they think they are more 'natural' or 'organic' or in some way 'healthier' but what we found is that there are potentially hazardous chemicals in all of the commercial varieties of the essential oils that we tested."

PubMed: Prepubertal gynecomastia linked to lavender and tea tree oils

Essentially Deadly: The Unspoken Dangers of Essential Oils: ebook

Multiple Chemical Sensitivity Awareness Video 2020, by Maria Rizzo (12 minutes)

 The Chemical Sensitivity Podcast

The Case Against Fragrance: book by Kate Grenville 

Perfume – The Hidden Bane of Your Health is a not-for-profit company that educates and warns the consumer of the health risks associated with use of perfume and fragranced products, and of the harm they are doing to the environment, while putting pressure on governments worldwide to outlaw the manufacture and use of these toxic chemicals.

List of allies in the fight for fragrance-free air: 

Fragrance-free Church? Podcast episode

Chemicals and Christians

TAKE ACTION: suggest that your office, school, gym, church, doctor's office, etc. adopt a fragrance-free policy, such as this sample policy from American Lung Association.  For more examples of fragrance-free policies, and how to go about implementing them, as well as other great educational material on the subject, go to:

Fragrance Free Coalition | Environmental Health & Consumer Information | Fragrance-Free Policies

It is noteworthy to point out that the even the CDC has enacted for their offices this Indoor Environmental Quality Policy which features the following mandates:

"Scented or fragranced products are prohibited at all times in all interior space owned, rented, or leased by CDC. This includes the use of:

• Incense, candles, or reed diffusers
• Fragrance-emitting devices of any kind
• Wall-mounted devices, similar to fragrance-emitting devices, that operate automatically or by pushing a button to dispense deodorizers or
• Potpourri
• Plug-in or spray air fresheners
• Urinal or toilet blocks
• Other fragranced deodorizer/re-odorizer products

Personal care products (e.g. colognes, perfumes, essential oils, scented skin and hair products) should not be applied at or near actual workstations, restrooms, or anywhere in CDC owned or leased buildings."

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