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Heads up everyone:
I’m veering away from my usual format to alert you about a new hazard coming
soon to a store near all of us – scented product packaging
If you have an interest in living fragrance-free or are forced to deal with perfume and fragrance assaulting your health, you will want to pay close attention to this Prairie Inspiration Newletter. Look in the "For Your Health" section for details.
For subscribers who don’t have a personal interest in the issue, I hope you will still read the information; you may have more interest than you expect as the odiferous packaging will be invading your space too.
For Your Health
There are companies who have found a way to incorporate synthetic fragrance and artificial flavorings into the plastic used to package items intended for sale; their purpose is for the product to give off an identifying scent even before you open the box, bag or bottle. The theory is that if you can smell the product, it will entice you to buy.
This sounds good from a marketing view point; it is not a good idea from the viewpoint of those who suffer adverse health effects from breathing in the chemicals that compose fragrance oil and perfume.
Imagine the chemical stew of fragrance and scents that will fill the air in stores and homes from dozens or even hundreds of scented packages on the shelves. Not only will this pollute the air in the store, it will also find it’s way into your home even if you don’t buy the products. The chemicals and scent will permeate a good share of the unscented products in the area, effectively preventing anyone who wants to avoid scented packaging from having the freedom to do so.
This spreading effect is demonstrated currently when scented items, such as candles and potpourri, are not sealed well enough to prevent the fragrance oils from seeping out. Avoiding stores or departments that carry scented candles, potpourri and the like is enough of a challenge; it will be much more difficult to avoid these new packages as many of the items proposed are food items sold in grocery stores.
This is an air quality issue, a general health concern and impinges on the personal freedom of people who do not wish to breathe fragrance oil chemicals.
You can read more about the scented plastic and packaging at the links below:
More about Fragrance Oils & Perfumes:
This concept of opposing this new technology is hard to understand for those who love perfume and surrounds themselves daily with their favorite scents. Perhaps the best way to explain the potential severity of the problem, is to compare it to the effect of cigar, pipe or cigarette smoke on someone with a lung disease. The smoker often finds the smell of the smoke pleasant, while it can threaten the life of someone with asthma or reactive airway disease.
So it is with the chemicals used to make synthetic fragrance oils and people whose health is threatened by them.
These chemicals are used in perfumes, cologne, bath and body products, hair products, candles, air fresheners, cleaning products and just about anything else you can think of with a scent that is not natural to the item. They not only cause problems for the chemically sensitive individual, but are a major cause of skin irritation and allergies and headaches. Perfumes and fragrance oils are also a common trigger for asthma attacks and aggravate many other breathing problems.
Read through the following references to learn more about the potential health risks of fragrance oils:
Air Freshener chemicals shown to decrease lung function and exacerbate lung diseases; an example of how this issue affects everyone:
Air Fresheners May Reduce Lung Functions
In-depth evaluation of synthetic fragrances:
Health Conditions Effected by Fragrances
Debunking some commonly held misconceptions about synthetic fragrance and perfume:
Fragrance Facts & Fiction
Fumes from Butter Flavoring for microwave popcorn; an example of a chemical in food flavoring causing disease:
Study abstracts on various health effects of perfumes & fragrance chemicals:
Health Effects of Perfume
Perfume and Neurological Effects
What we can do: