Recent studies “… found that nearly 38% of Americans report adverse effects when exposed to some kind of fragranced product” (Steinemann, Exposure Assessment). It is suspected that many more live with various adverse health effects, but do not make the correlation.
For a growing population, exposure to perfumes, colognes and other chemical fragrances can cause serious consequences. In 2003, a study revealed that 12.6% of the population reported a hypersensitivity to common chemicals in everyday products (2003, Adams). People living with Multiple Chemical Sensitivities (Chemical Injury, Environmental Illness, Toxic Encephalopathy) report such debilitating symptoms as migraines, pain, vertigo, memory loss, paralysis, seizures, unconsciousness and worsening of condition with each reaction.
Synthetic fragrances found in perfumes (as well as fragranced products such as laundry detergents, deodorants, lotions, hair sprays, soaps, etc) can create a barrier between those with MCS and their loved ones. Sadly, many with MCS often miss out on family gatherings, special events and even simple visits with friends and family, causing them to feel isolated and alone.
For more information on chemicals in fragrances and Environmental Illness, visit the Cleaner Indoor Air Campaign.
(Steinemann) Steinemann, Anne C. Exposure Assessment – FAQ. Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Public Affairs. Washington University.
(2003 Press Release, Adams) Adams, Brandon (September 2003). “More than 12% of the Populations Reports Extreme Sensitivity to Low Levels of Common Chemicals.” Journal of Environmental Health Perspectives (EHP). Article references 2003 Study, Caress.