Chemically injured ? Environmentally ill? Chronically fatigued
? Chemicals in your own hair spray or cologne can be ruining your life or health of your partner.
Fragrances and chemicals are dangerous to you and at least 20% of the community who are reactive. People vulnerable with asthma and migraines, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, depression and even high blood pressure react to perfumes and other fragrance products. Chemicals do not belong in a nursery or in a classroom. Chemical composition of fragrances is related to other hazardous wastes, toxic chemicals and pesticides. If you have vulnerable children and infants in your home consider that fragrance free is healthier. Your cologne may be the reason or cause of your child's aggravated health symptoms. Kids now are being assaulted by medications and chemicals that did not exist when you where growing up. Some cities like New Brunswick in Canada and Nova Scotia have banned fragrances in many public places .
FRAGRANCE, PERFUME & COLOGNE – WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?
Perfumes, colognes and body sprays are often called “fragrances.” But under U.S. law, the term fragrance is defined as a combination of chemicals that gives each perfume or cologne its distinct scent. Fragrance ingredients may be produced by chemical synthesis or derived from petroleum or natural raw materials. Companies that manufacture perfume or cologne purchase fragrance mixtures from fragrance houses (companies that specialize in developing fragrances) to develop their own proprietary blends. In addition to “scent” chemicals that we actually smell, perfumes and colognes also contain solvents, stabilizers, UV absorbers, preservatives and dyes. These additives are frequently, but not always, listed on product labels. In contrast, the chemical components in fragrance itself are protected as trade secrets and described on the label only as “fragrance.”
Secret chemicals: Laboratory tests revealed 38 secret chemicals in 17 name-brand products, with an average of 14 secret chemicals per product. American Eagle Seventy Seven contained 24 secret chemicals, nearly twice the average found in other products tested.
Multiple sensitizer: The products tested contained an average of 10 chemicals that are known to be sensitizer and can trigger allergic reactions such as asthma, wheezing, headaches and contact dermatitis. All of these were listed on product labels. Giorgio Armani Acqua Di Gio contained 19 different sensitizing chemicals that can trigger allergic reactions, more than any other product tested.
Multiple hormone disruptors: A total of 12 different hormone-disrupting chemicals were found in the tested products, with an average of four in each product. Three products each contained seven different chemicals with the potential to disrupt the hormone system: Halle by Halle Berry, Quicksilver and Jennifer Lopez J. Lo Glow. In each product, six of these chemicals mimic the hormone estrogen, and the seventh is associated with thyroid effects. Some of these potential hormone disruptors were listed on labels; others were undisclosed and were uncovered in product testing.
Widespread use of chemicals that have not been assessed for safety: A review of government records shows that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not assessed the vast majority of fragrance ingredients in personal care products for safety. The Cosmetic Ingredient Review (CIR), an industry-funded and self policing body, has assessed only 19 of the 91 ingredients listed on labels or found in testing for the 17 products assessed in this study. The International Fragrance Association (IFRA) and the Research Institute for Fragrance Materials (RIFM), which develop and set voluntary standards for chemicals in the “fragrance” component of products, have assessed only 27 of the 91 ingredients listed on labels or found in testing for the 17 products assessed in this study, based on a review of assessments published in the past 25 years.
EVERYONE IS IMPACTED BY FRAGRANCE.
The Campaign commissioned a laboratory analysis of men’s and women’s fragrances as well as scented products marketed to teens of both genders; all products tested contained a range of ingredients associated with health concerns, such as allergic sensitization, and potential effects on the endocrine system or reproductive toxicity.
Products were tested by Analytical Sciences, an independent laboratory in Petaluma, California. The lab found, in all, 40 chemicals in the tested fragrance products. Thirty-eight of these were secret, or unlabeled, for at least one of the products containing them, while the other two were listed on all relevant product labels. Ingredient labels disclosed the presence of another 51 chemical ingredients, giving a total of 91 chemical ingredients altogether in the tested products, including hidden and disclosed ingredients combined. Of the 17 products tested, 13 were purchased in the U.S. and four in Canada.
When sprayed or applied on the skin, many chemicals from perfumes, cosmetics and personal care products are inhaled. Others are absorbed through the skin. Either way, many of these chemicals can accumulate in the body. As a result, the bodies of most Americans are polluted with multiple cosmetics ingredients. This pollution begins in the womb and continues through life.
A recent EWG study found Galaxolide and Tonalide, two synthetic musks, in the cord blood of newborn babies (EWG 2009). Both musks contaminate people and the environment worldwide, have been associated with toxicity to the endocrine system (van der Burg 2008) and were identified in the majority of products tested for this study. Similarly, a pregnant woman’s use of some fragrances and other cosmetics frequently may expose her growing fetus to diethyl phthalate (DEP), a common perfume solvent linked to abnormal development of reproductive organs in baby boys and sperm damage in adult men (Washington Toxics Coalition 2009). New research also links prenatal exposure of DEP to clinically diagnosed Attention Deficit Disorder in children (Engel 2010). This analysis found DEP in 12 of 17 products tested, at levels ranging from 30 parts per million (ppm) to 32,000 ppm in Eternity for Women.
Numerous other products used daily, such as shampoos, lotions, bath products, cleaning sprays, air fresheners and laundry and dishwashing detergents, also contain strongly scented, volatile ingredients that are hidden behind the word “fragrance.” Some of these ingredients react with ozone in the indoor air, generating many potentially harmful secondary air pollutants such as formaldehyde and ultrafine particles (Nazaroff 2004).
People have the right to know which chemicals they are being exposed to. They have the right to expect the government to protect people, especially vulnerable populations, from hazardous chemicals. In addition to required safety assessments of ingredients in cosmetics, the laws must be changed to require the chemicals in fragrance to be fully disclosed and publicly accessible on ingredient labels.
As our test results show, short of sending your favorite perfume to a lab for testing, shoppers have no way of knowing exactly which of the 3,100 fragrance ingredients may be hiding in their beauty products or even in their child’s baby shampoo. This study focused on several categories of chemicals – specifically volatile compounds, semi-volatile compounds and synthetic musks. The laboratory analyses, while thorough, were not exhaustive, which means that additional chemicals of concern may also be present in the tested products.
SAFER THAN USUAL SOAPS -ALL OF THEM CAN BE DILUTED
Dakota free , Dr. Bronner super mild Castille and unscented baby and bar soap; Aveeno fragrance free cleansing bars; Rokeach kosher ORIGINAL; Clinique unscented, Pure Castille, Kirks original coco hard water Castille soap; Caswell Massey Pure Castille; Erlanders Olive oil soap; Kiss my face Olive soap; Sirenia Coconut soap; Unscented vegetable glycerin; Colonial soap from Trader Joe’s; Oatmeal unscented from health food stores. Botanic Gold.
Compiled by Julia Kendall- died from chemical poisoning (1935 - 1997); distributed by Environmental Healing Network What's in dryer sheets and the new detergents with added laundry softener.
Alpha-terpineol -- Causes CNS disorders ... "highly irritating to mucus 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 skin contact."
BENZYL ACETATE is carcinogenic and linked to pancreatic cancer . "From vapors: irritating to eyes and respiratory passages, exciting cough." "In mice: hyperaemia of the lungs." "Can be absorbed through the skin causing systemic effects." "Do not flush to sewer."
BENZYL ALCOHOL -- Causes CNS disorders and 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 -- Causes CNS disorders and on pn EPA's Hazardous Waste list. Symptoms: "local irritant and CNS stimulant" ..."readily absorbed through body tissues" ..."irritation of eyes, nose and throat" ..."dizziness, confusion, nausea, twitching muscles and convulsions." "Avoid inhalation of vapors.
CHLOROFORM is toxic. Anesthetic. Carcinogenic and on EPA's Hazardous Waste list. "Avoid contact with eyes, skin, clothing. Do not breathe vapors ... Inhalation of vapors may cause headache, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, drowsiness, irritation of respiratory tract and loss of consciousness." "Inhalation can be fatal." "Chronic effects of overexposure may include kidney and/or liver damage." "Medical conditions generally aggravated by exposure: kidney disorders, liver disorders, heart disorders, skin disorders."
ETHYL ACETATE – Narcotic that is on EPA's Hazardous Waste list. "It irritating to the eyes and respiratory tract and may cause headache and narcosis and may cause anemia with leukocytosis and damage to liver and kidneys" "Wash thoroughly after handling."
LIMONENE is 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."
LINALOOL is a Narcotic. Causes DNS disorders such as respiratory disturbances and attracts bees." "In animal tests: ataxic gait, reduced spontaneous motor activity and depression ... depressed heart activity ... development of respiratory disturbances leading to death."
PENTANE -- "Danger -- Harmful if inhaled; extremely flammable. Keep away from heat and avoid breathing vapor." "Inhalation of vapors may cause headache, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, drowsiness, irritation of respiratory tract and loss of consciousness. Repeated inhalation of vapors may cause central nervous system depression.
Contact can cause eye irritation. Prolonged exposure may cause dermatitis (skin rash).
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1,4-dichlorobenzene and para-dichlorobenzene 1,4-Dioxane known carcinogens chemicals penetrate the skin. 1,4-dioxane PEG, polyethylene, polyethylene glycol, polyoxyethylene, sodium laureth sulfate or oxynol, Polysorbate 60 and polysorbate 80 do not sound like things your baby should sniff while you cuddle him or her? Look at the ingredients of your moisturizers and other body lotions. 2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1,3-diol or Bronopol used as preservative forms carcinogenic nitrosamines in cosmetics, shampoo, lotions and even baby products . Take care!
2-Butoxy-1-Ethanol or butylcellosolve are in most aerosol propellants. Alkyl Phenoxy Polyethoxy Ethanol or phenol is a natural pesticide in everything ! Read your labels on every bottle or propellant you have in your home. Ammonia or ammonium chloride, ammonium hydroxide, benzalkonium chloride and quaternary ammonium compounds irritate skin, eyes and breathing passages and cause skin cancer. Take a look at your stuff under the sink in the bathroom! Read your labels. Plants, animals and fish don't like it. Why should you? The EPA lists ammonia as a toxic chemical so why is it in a wide range of household cleaning products including glass cleaners, all-purpose cleaners, disinfectants and more. Watch out for Ammonium Chloride, Ammonium Hydroxide, Amyl Acetate from banana oil, pear oil that irritate skin and effect the brain cells. Neurotoxins cause central nervous system and depression. Its in your furniture polish, nail finishes, nail polish remover and perfume. Benzalkonium Chloride is used as a disinfectant in hand soaps, dish washing detergent, disinfectants and cleaners. Benzene kills off your mucus membranes, poisons you if you swallow some and the fumes are toxic. The EPA and OSHA admit its a threat to public health but oven cleaners, detergents, furniture polish, spot removers, nail polish remover are full of this . What is the EPA doing on this? Ask! Ask in which century do they plan to phase these toxic products out of use. Bronopol 2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1,3-diol Butane, butoxyethanol , Butyl cellosolve, 2-butoxy-1-ethanol, ethylene glycol monobutyl ether, butoxyethanol, butyl oxitol are all highly toxic synthetic solvents and grease cutters designed for the purpose of eating thru living matter . What are your membranes, your liver, your skin and your brain? They are found in degreasers, window cleaners, and other household cleaning products. Butyl Oxitol , Butylparaben, Carbon Disulfide , Caustic Soda a few more to watch. Chlorine or sodium hypochlorite, hypochlorite, chlorine dioxide, sodium dichloroixocyanurate, hydrogen chloride, hydrochloric acid, Chlorine Dioxide can be fatal upon inhalation. Chlorine and its bye products cause injuries and deaths. Chlorine gas was very efficient in the killing of millions in concentrations camps and now chlorine gas is everywhere killing germs and what else ? Check the list of chemical injuries, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia and other health problems in the last 50 years. Chlorinated drinking water causes bladder and rectal cancer and Ohio is famous for its high level of bladder cancer. Is it the chemicals in the water or the chlorine or both? Chlorine is listed an a hazard yet its in dishwasher detergent, tub and tile cleaners and even put in swimming pools as well as drinking water enforced by the health department. They obviously have not heard of OZONE and ULTRA VIOLET for disinfection. Cocamide DEA or cocami edi ethanolamine form carcinogenic nitrosamines and are in most dishwashing liquids, shampoos and cosmetics. Cocamide Diethanolamine is not too friendly either. Colors and Dyes (FD&C or D&C) are artificial colors made from petrochemicals and cause cancer. Skin absorption as well as allergies are caused by these delightful dyes found in your children’s food, ice creams, sweets and medicines, and are also irritants to the skin and eyes. They are found on labels as FD&C or D&C and followed by a color and a number. Yellow, amber, green or blue products are obviously dyed with synthetic color as are most all-purpose cleaners. Your medications are full of them so you do not mistake one poison for another. The medications for people suffering from allergies have these dyes in them. D-limonene is an eye and skin irritant causing neurotoxicity. D limonene is in paints, pet flea-control products, lice treatments and cleaning products. So called safe products made of citrus have this as the main ingredient. DEA (also known as diethanolamine and monoethanolamine are specialists in causing skin and eye irritation. They create carcinogenic nitrosamines when they react with other chemicals like nitrates. Check household cleaning and personal care products to find them. Diammonium EDTA , Diazolidinyl Urea , Diethanolamine , Diethylene Dioxide , Diethylene Ether Diethylene Oxide Diethylene ether, dioxane is listed as a hazardous air pollutant in the 1990 Clean Air Act. Check your window cleaners. EDTA known as ethylene-diamine-tetra-acetic and diammonium EDTA are experts in irritating mucus membranes and skin leading to allergies, asthma and skin rashes. They bind with heavy metals trapped in lakes and streams so fish and fowl can get their dose and transfer it to you before they die. These chemicals are in your laundry detergent.
Ethoxylated Alcohols Ethylene, Glycol Monobutyl , Ether Ethylene, diamine-tetra-acetic , Ethylparaben Flame Retardants are all mutagenic and carcinogenic to animals. Absorbed through the skin from clothing and bedding as is formaldehyde which is an irritating, allergy-producing neurotoxin and carcinogen causing insomnia, coughing, headaches, nausea, nosebleeds, skin rashes and allows for development of sensitivities to many other chemicals. 2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1,3-diol, diazolidinyl urea, DMDM hydantoin, imidazolidinyl urea and quaternium 15. All break down into formaldehyde used in deodorizers, nail polish and hardeners and is a common air pollutant used in permanent press sheets, mattresses, foam, plastics and building materials. School kids and seniors living or schooling in the new prefabricated or manufactured buildings are falling like flies from the effects of the formaldehyde poisoning in these buildings or even the formaldehyde Fragrances are 95% derived from petrochemicals. Hundreds of chemicals make up the term fragrance. Ethylene chloride, formaldehyde benzene and more. Allergies, skin irritations, headaches nausea are all aggravated if not caused by chemicals as well as allergens.
CHEMICAL SENSITIVITIES CAN BE CAUSED ,PROVOKED AND AGGRAVATED BY FRAGRANCES
Glycol Ether brings about irritation of the skin, eyes, nose and throat, and create havoc to the reproductive system. Liver and kidney damage can be caused by absorption of these Ethers. Some household cleaning products, paints, cosmetics and perfumes use them. Read labels on your stuff. These are absorbed by skin so why are they allowed in the products people use as cosmetics? Hydrochloric Acid dissolves and destroys tender tissues upon direct contact. Eyes, nose and throat easily irritated by vapors burn and result in permanent damage. Rust removers are known to use this acid. Hydrogen Chloride Hypochlorite, Imidazolidinyl ,Urea, Diazolidinyl urea , are most commonly used cosmetic preservatives after the parabens. This primary cause of contact dermatitis is in many cosmetics, baby shampoos, personal care products and fragrances, hair products, ointments, lotions. Lindane is toxic causing convulsions and seizures yet used in shampoos for head lice. MEA, Methanol or methyl alcohol brings on eye and skin irritant to cause blindness. It is neurotoxic yet found in household products such as glass cleaners, some paint removers and strippers, art products. Methyl Alcohol Methylparaben Methyl n-Butyl Ketone , Monoethanolamine , Morpholine are extremely toxic and are irritating to skin, eyes and mucus membranes, cause liver and kidney damage while reacting with nitrites to form nitrosamines. These you will discover in most of your cleaners, furniture polishes and car wax. n-Hexane, Naphthas , Napthalene used as moth balls cause irritation to eyes and skin, cataracts, corneal damage and kidney damage. These are carcinogens, extremely toxic to small children and infants and causes blood damage to the fetus. They are in mothballs, air fresheners, deodorizers, carpet cleaners and toilet bowl cleaners. Nonylphenol is an endocrine disruptor and should be avoided.
PLANTS TO ABSORB TOXINS
Areca palm- Chrysalidocarpus lutescens -8.5 of all indoor air toxins.
Lady palm - Rhapis excelsa- 8.5, all indoor air toxins.
Bamboo palm - Chamaedorea seifrizii ,-8.4,benzene,trichloroethylene and formaldehyde.
Rubber plant - Ficus robusta,-8.0, formaldehyde.
Dracaena 'Janet Craig' -Dracaena deremensis, 'Janet Craig , 7.8, all indoor air toxins, especially cigarette smoke.
English ivy -Hedera helix-- 7.8, formaldehyde.
Dwarf date palm -Phoenix roebelenii-7.8, xylene (found in paints, solvents and adhesives).
Ficus Alii -icus macleilandii 'Alii'--7.7, all indoor air toxins.
Boston fern-Nephrolepis exaltata 'Bostoniensis'--7.5, formaldehyde.
Peace lily -Spathiphyllum sp.--7.5, alcohols, acetone, trichloroethylene, benzene and formaldehyde.
Corn plant -Dracaena fragrans 'Massangeana'--7.5-all indoor air toxins.
Golden pothos -Epipremnum aureum--7.5, all indoor air toxins.
Kimberley Queen fern -Nephrolepis obliterata---7.4, all indoor air toxins, especially formaldehyde and alcohols.
Florist's mums -Chrysanthemum morifolium-- 7.4- formaldehyde, benzene and ammonia.
Gerbera daisy -Gerbera jamesonii- 7.3, all indoor toxins.
Dracaena 'Warneckei' -Dracaena deremensis 'Warneckei'-- 7.3, benzene.
Dragon tree -Dracaena marginata--7.0, xylene and trichloroethylene.
Red emerald philodendron -Philodendron erubescens-- 7.0, all indoor air toxins.
Syngonium -Syngonium podophyllum-,-7.0, all indoor air toxins.
Parlor palm -Chamaedorea elegans--6.6, all indoor air toxins.
SOLVENTS IN TOILETRIES
toluene , benzal chloride,
methylene chloride ,
300 other known tested toxins and are accepted by our EPA and FDA in our cosmetics. Also found in food and water.
CHEMICALS APPROVED BY EPA AND FDA ARE CAUSING
Autoimmune diseases, multiple chemical sensitivity asthma and allergy, sinusitis, depression, addictions, lack of orientation. Cancer and a host of symptoms few are trained to recognize and treat. Recycled hazardous wastes and pesticides are included as ingredients for shampoos and nail polish, hair spray and fragrances. Chemicals restricted in industry are FDA approved in your baby’s shampoo.
While 30% Americans are known to be suffering from toxicity in the environment you are still breathing, absorbing or eating dangerous chemicals. All fragrances are suspect. Odors affect the brain as you breathe just like cocaine whether you have diagnosed symptoms or not.
Check ingredients and suspect the word inert. Aerosols containing ammonia, chlorine and chloride, air fresheners and disinfectants containing pesticides or other dangerous to human life materials are used liberally without warning. Don’t become a chemical injury or allergy statistic. Cancers, depressions, autoimmune disease, senility, arthritic type symptoms, fatigues or even high blood pressure are being aggravated and even caused by an increasing chemical onslaught. Watch your chemical load.
DANGEROUS CHEMICAL FUMES IN CARPETING
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Adhesives 4-pc (4-phenylcyclohexene) and many chemicals such as styrene come from sb latex backing and create the fumes associated with regular new carpets. These cause headaches, runny eyes and nose and odors persist for months and years. After an EPA headquarters incident when hundreds of employees became ill of sick building syndrome, the chemical companies supplying sb latex to the carpet industry coordinated a styrene butadiene latex manufacturers council. Tests where done to appease the public. Vinyl-backed carpet tiles were tested. They emitted a distinct chemical odor, such as vinyl acetate and formaldehyde. The cpsc study did not find any negative health could result from this, but people breathing the fumes did. Health complaints associated with carpets include neurological, central nervous system and respiratory problems. Asthma, allergies, multiple chemical sensitivity (mcs) and environmental illness (ei) are on the increase as people become exposed to low level exposures whether chronic or in one onslaught. Volatile organic chemicals (vocs), styrene, 4-pc, and formaldehyde are the worst. Although some states warn people of their presence in carpets, the industry persists in using carpet adhesives and seam sealants, cushions and pads, emitting dangerous toxic chemical fumes. Carpet adhesive is spread over the entire surface and is usually sb latex. Seam sealants release 1,1,1-trichloroethane and toluene. Many carpets with nylon face fibers are stitched into polypropylene primary backing and positioned with styrene butadiene latex (sb latex, called sbr for styrene butadiene rubber) adhesive on the underside. two pounds per square yard of adhesive is the usual secondary sb backing for most carpets. Polypropylene is the primary backing for others. Some carpets have fabric or polymer secondary backing, attached with a thin coat of sb latex. Synthetic foam cushion laminated directly to carpet is another form of backing. Backing materials of styrene butadiene latex are highly reactive compounds, made of toxic components. 4-pc, sblatex, polypropylene or polyurethane. Carpet cushion of bonded urethane, prime urethane, sponge rubber, synthetic fiber, and rubberized jute are cushioning material. Urethane made by foaming urethane and methyl butane. Sponge rubber cushion is synthetic rubber material than has been vulcanized or foamed. Carpet dyeing, resistant scotch guard (tm), antistatic, antimicrobials are all no good for you.
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