Scented Products Carry a Whiff of Danger

| 8/10/2011 10:36:28 AM

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That fresh pine scent may be harming your health and polluting the environment. A study of 25 scented products—from air fresheners and dryer sheets to deodorants, shampoos, and hand sanitizers—found that they collectively emitted more than 100 volatile organic compounds, reports Environmental Health Perspectives.

Specifically, University of Washington researchers found 133 VOCs in the 25 products, according to EHP, with the most common chemicals being the familiar limonene (citrus) and pinene (pine) scents. They also found lots of ethanol and acetone, which are used as carriers for fragrance chemicals.

Here are some of the more surprising findings about the 133 compounds:

• 24 of them are classified as toxic or hazardous under federal law.

• Only one was listed on any product label.

H. Utz
8/15/2011 11:23:35 AM

Thanks, Keith and Utne, for getting this really important information out there. I've been getting ill from others' scented products for more than 10 years now and try to avoid them whenever possible. People just have no idea that they're slathering themselves with petrochemicals. I really appreciate your effort in publishing the hard facts. I've been researching this topic for many years and recently reposted an article I wrote about it on my blog. For more info, see:

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