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In substantial quantities, perfume ingredients, regardless of natural or synthetic origins, may all cause health or environmental problems. The wisdom to be gained is “do not do anything too much or too little.” In other words, “moderation in all things ‘good.’ The fragrance industry needs to take this proverb to heart, because even its lifespan may be at stake with more and more health-conscious people actively deciding not to indulge in the trappings of fragrances.
Much remains to be learned about the effects of fragrance on human health and the environment. Evidence in peer-reviewed journals shows that some fragrances can cause asthmatic reactions in some individuals, especially those with severe or atopic asthma. Many fragrance ingredients can also cause headaches, allergic skin reactions or nausea. In some cases, an excessive use of perfumes may cause allergic reactions of the skin. For instance, acetophenone, ethyl acetate andacetone, while present in many perfumes, are also known or potential respiratory allergens. Perhaps the findings will be that they are toxic to the immune system. Since the harm presented by many of these natural or synthetic chemicals is dependent on environmental conditions and their concentrations in a perfume, it is better to error on the side of caution. For instance, a finding by the IFRA (International Fragrance Association) claims that opoponax resin is too dangerous to be used in perfumery. Opoponax does have medicinal properties in proper dosage.
We all have been lured by the presence of musk in perfumery. Ah, to be laid in sweet embrace; but the poor deer has to be killed for its “musk pod.”
Again, it is best to keep it in the realm of medicine–to be used in various cardiac, mental, and neurological disorders and in various compound formulations. As for taking the synthetic route: that is the ultimate horror for a sustainable existence. While saving the male musk deer, we need to save ourselves as well.
There is scientific evidence that nitro-musks, such as musk xylene, can cause cancer while common ingredients, such as polycyclic synthetic musks, can disrupt the balance of hormones in the human bodies. Even some natural aromatics, such as oakmoss absolutes, contain allergens and carcinogenic compounds.
Synthetic musks are pleasant in smell and relatively inexpensive; as such, they are employed in large quantities to cover the unpleasant scent of laundry detergents and many personal cleaning products. Due to their large-scale use, several types of synthetic musks have been found in human fat and milk as well as in the sediments and waters of the Great Lakes.
These pollutants tend to pose additional health and environmental problems when they enter human and animal diets.
We need to squelch our desires for aromatic materials. Moreover, we are endangering many species–sandalwood, agar wood, musk, for example–causing even illegal trafficking and harvesting.
Primum nil nocere: First, do no harm.
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- What was known in the 90’s about Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (Remarks by the then Congressman Bernie Sanders of Vermont)
- Household Products Database and Toxicology Data Network of the NIH. Compare with EWG, an independent environmental organization.
- Check out Dr. Molot’s 12,000 Canaries Cannot Be Wrong: What’s Making Us Sick and What We Can Do about It.
- Check out Tide, the Detergent.
- Check out Chemical Body Burden.
- Check out “Your Amazing Brain.”