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Toxic Perfume Ingredients Linked to Cancer, Sperm Damage

In a wildly unregulated system, companies are pouring potentially hazardous chemicals into many everyday scented products, including popular perfumes.


Some of the stuff that perfume makers put in their products really stinks.

Perfume ingredients may smell good to some people (while giving headaches to anyone sensitive to the fumes), but a 2010 study suggests popular brands reek of long-term health problems for all of us.

The researchers found that labels of popular perfumes don't list harmful perfume ingredients linked to sperm damage, hormone disruption (which is linked to some cancers, thyroid disease, obesity, diabetes, and other serious health problems), reproductive toxicity, and allergy problems. And chemicals that may play a role in cancer were found in many of the fragrances analyzed. "This monumental study reveals the hidden hazards of fragrances," says advisor Anne C. Steinemann, PhD, professor of civil and environmental engineering, professor of public affairs, University of Washington. And, as with smoking, it's not just the person using the product that's affected. "Secondhand scents are also a big concern. One person using a fragranced product can cause health problems for many others," she says.

The analysis, performed by the nonprofit Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, a group with coalition members from the Breast Cancer Fund, Environmental Working Group, Clean Water Action, and other public and environmental health organizations, found that many top-selling fragrance products contain a dozen or more secret chemical ingredients not listed on the labels, and multiple chemicals that can set off allergic reactions or disrupt hormones. Many have never been tested for safety on humans.

All 17 of the popular fragrances tested contained chemicals not disclosed on the labels. Brands tested include: American Eagle Seventy Seven, Chanel Coco, Britney Spears Curious, Giorgio Armani Acqua di Gio (for men), Old Spice After Hours Body Spray (for men), Quicksilver (for men), Calvin Klein Eternity for Men, Bath & Body Works Japanese Cherry Blossom, Calvin Klein Eternity for Women, Halle by Halle Berry, Hannah Montana Secret Celebrity, Victoria's Secret Dream Angels Wish, Jennifer Lopez J. Lo Glow, AXE Body Spray for Men, Clinique Happy Perfume Spray, and Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue.

Here's what the researchers found, on average:

•  Ten sensitizing chemicals associated with allergic reactions like asthma, wheezing, headaches and contact dermatitis. Giorgio Armani Acqua di Gio contained 19 different sensitizing chemicals, more than any other product in the study.

•  Four hormone-disrupting perfume ingredients linked to a range of health effects including sperm damage, thyroid disruption, and cancer. Halle by Halle Berry, Quicksilver, and Jennifer Lopez J. Lo Glow each contained seven different chemicals with the potential to disrupt the hormone system.

•  American Eagle Seventy Seven contained 24 hidden chemicals, the highest number of any product in the study.

Medical and public health experts from Harvard and the University of Washington peer-reviewed the study.


Published on: May 17, 2010

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The Cancer Panel report recommends that pregnant women and couples planning to become pregnant avoid exposure to hormone-disrupting chemicals due to cancer concerns. These chemicals that may play a role in cancer were found in many of the fragrances analyzed for this study. "This monumental study reveals the hidden hazards of fragrances," says advisor Anne C. Steinemann, PhD, professor of civil and environmental engineering, professor of public affairs, University of


This may sound cynical, but with us being exposed to so many toxic substances, it's a surprise we're not immune by now even to illegal substances, those that fill places like Washington drug rehabilitation centers. I hear it that in Europe they might bring stuff like garlic on the illegal plant list, however when it comes to so many toxines used in cosmetics and food products they do not act.. funny thing..

it's the new reality

Once upon a time our contact with nature kept us more healthy.. apparently us humans can create a whole lot of things, but too many are harmful.. and there are so many that are under controversy, some that are promoted as being healthy by some and unhealthy by others... legal by some and illegal by others, like Cannabis Seeds UK for example. That's the problem with perfumes too, they contain ingredients that haven't convinced everybody that they are safe.. some allow them to be used in production while others shout that they shouldn't be used.. the safest way would be not to use them.. but it has been decided by producers that the safest way is not to tell that they have been used...

Allergy ?

I think perfumes have a lot of substances with allergen potential. In fact, in the spring a lot of allergies are determined by the level of the pollen and the smells from the air. The perfumes are artificially made and this could be a similar problem for the people. You must test the best perfume for your skin and your health. Best regards, Mike from asigurare rca ieftin

Perfumes and Air Freshners

It is about time the subject of toxic perfumes and so called air freshners(actually air pollutants) are being exposed! There are so many people out there who have sensitivities to these chemicals and just don't know it because they don't have the usual sneezing and wheezing symptoms. People don't associate other reactions (body aches, lethargy, etc) with chemical issues from artificial scents. I just can't understand why so many people still spend tons of money on these products thinking that they smell "good" when they are destroying their bodies organs and creating problems for themselves and others around them. Do they just want to make the chemical companies richer and the celebrities who indorse them richer while the user gets sicker? I wouold support an all out campaign for doing away with chemical scents in every work place just like the ban on cigarettes. Let's get to a point where we can expose the causes of cancer and not have to worry about finding a cure, but instead find the cause and eliminate it!

Scent free and happy!

D & G Light Blue

What was in Light Blue- It has been my personal favorite for some time and I would relly like to know!

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