Products with Artificial Fragrances should be Avoided: Study

Products with Artificial Fragrances should be Avoided: Study

Many personal care products available in the market these days include artificial fragrances and a new research has claimed that overexposure to such products is leading to sickness. Hand soaps, body washes, candles, room fresheners, detergent powder and household cleaners include added fragrance. The study team estimated that 98.5 percent of people are exposed to such fragranced products on a daily or weekly basis. The study team also noticed that nearly one-third of the Australian population reported adverse health effects from fragranced products.

Commonly, fragranced products lead to migraine, respiratory problems and asthma attacks to those in the highly vulnerable group. Compared to household air fresheners, more people report sickness due to car fresheners as generally the air flow inside the vehicle is limited. The study team also found that twice as many people would prefer to use fragrance-free products in indoor environments.

The study team also found that over 70 percent of respondents weren’t aware of hazardous air pollutant emissions from fragranced products.

Study lead author Anne Steinemann, a world expert on environmental pollutants, air quality, and health effects, said, “People may think they need these fragranced products to clean the air or disinfect but it can only make the problem worse. Instead of using these strongly scented chemical cleaning supplies simply use bicarb and vinegar or even just plain water.”

The research paper informed, “Overall, 33% of Australians report health problems, such as migraine headaches and asthma attacks, when exposed to fragranced products. Of these health effects, more than half (17.1%) could be considered disabling under the Australian Disability Discrimination Act. This is the first study in Australia to assess the extent of adverse effects associated with exposure to common fragranced products. It provides compelling evidence for the importance and value of reducing fragranced product exposure in order to reduce and prevent adverse health effects and costs.”

Earlier studies have found that too much use of fragrance in an indoor environment leads to negative performance among office staff and also impacts mood.