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Fight Perfume Pollution

1. Call companies to request complete ingredient disclosure and warning labels.
2. Email to voice your support for national fragrance regulations. Visit Environmental Health Network for more information.
3. Send letters to your congressional representatives asking them to demand analysis of fragrance chemicals, accurate labeling of all products, and expansion of right-to-know regulations, so companies will disclose all ingredients.
4. Voice your displeasure to establishments that use air fresheners.
5. If you have an adverse reaction to a fragrance, report your experience to the Consumer Products Safety Commission (800-638-2772), the FDA (202-401-9725), and the manufacturer.
6. To obtain research reports or to test the toxicity of your own product, air, or other sample, contact a reputable lab, like Anderson Laboratories (802-295-7344).
7.  Take individual responsibility for what you let seep down your own drains. Wastewater plants are not equipped to handle fragrance chemicals, which contaminate waterways and wildlife.
8. By purchasing only nontoxic products, consumers send the message that companies will make more money and gain loyal customers if they start using safer ingredients.

For more information on synthetic fragrance, read Good Scents: Natural Perfumes and Easy Greening: Air Fresheners.

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11:08PM PDT on Apr 15, 2013

Great article. Thank you.

5:38AM PDT on Apr 15, 2013

I often avoid using our elevators here at work due to the mixture of both ladies and men perfumes/colognes. They make my eyes water, and hard for me to breath- if in a hurry and several folks are waiting for the elevator- so long as I don't have to go all the way to the 17th floor I use the stairs to avoid the stench- i would rather smell the musty smell of an old staircase then some of the stinky perfumes people wear these days.

12:57AM PDT on Apr 15, 2013

Thanks Mel.

6:13AM PDT on Apr 14, 2013

Most fragrances are extremely toxic and destroying our society and our population's health.

12:28PM PST on Jan 10, 2011


4:38PM PDT on Sep 26, 2009

Harsh chemicals are poison and for me they were a cause of migraines; I finally found a company that uses tea tree oil, citric acid and thyme oil in their household cleaning products.

I also received $120 in free products when I became their customer. If you don't always have the time to make your own cleaning products or cosmetics for that matter then email me for more info at

Cheers ;)

7:08PM PDT on Jul 24, 2009

I have to put ditto and bravo on all the comments about how hard it is to go out in public when I get very sick from peoples' chemicals wafting into my air space. I am one of those people adversely affected by these chemicals to the point of having Multiple Chemical Sensitivity and must wear a filtration mask when I leave my home to limit my exposure to other peoples' chemicals affecting me. I do have to ride public transportation with this condition, too. There are grocery store chains that I avoid because of the detergent aisles. I don't go out to movies (not that there are many worth going to these days) or other places, because of peoples' chemicals they're wearing. They don't realize that they're actually creating an accessibility barrier for people adversely affected by their perfumes and scented personal care products (their chemicals). I don't use commercial cleaning chemicals either. I'm very grateful to Annie Bond and others for the natural cleaning recipes posted on this site. They've been a godsend. I use these recipes exclusively, because they don't make me or the environment so sick like the stuff with the deadly chemicals. I really like the science info for why these recipes work, too. Very few ingredients are actually needed for nearly all daily housework. Fragrances and scented commercial personal care products are just as deadly as the chemical cleaners people have been brainwashed to keep buying and using.

10:45AM PDT on Jun 14, 2009


1:20PM PDT on May 7, 2009

Last week, my husband and I were given a "loaner vehicle" by a large Chevrolet dealer in Texas to use while our nice truck was in the repair facility. I hadn't been in the loaner until my husband took me with him to exchange vehicles. Dangling from the rear-view mirror were six, yes, SIX tree-shaped air fresheners. Even though we rolled down both windows, as an asthmatic, I was in serious trouble by the time we arrived. When I complained about the horrible, overwhelming stench, the dealer's excuse was that as a "work truck", it really smelled bad; hence, my complaint fell on deaf ears. This should be illegal!

12:50PM PDT on May 7, 2009

In recent years, I've lost my tolerance for almost all scents. I often have to be around children whose parents use extremely strong scented laundry detergent, and I get awful headaches and am often lightheaded when I'm around them. Last year, I had to stay in a hotel for work, and this hotel (Crown Plaza- Seacaucus) sprayed a scent in all areas of the hotel, including the rooms. I was nauseated and had an awful headache during the 3 days I was there. It made it extremely difficult to do my job. I really hope more awareness causes companies to lighten up on the scents (both the companies making the products and the companies that use them, like the hotels).

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