Fragrance Free World
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Welcome to Fragrance Free World!
A Healthier Place To Be!
Did you see a button, poster, bumper sticker or something else that brought you here?
Or did you find this sight through some other means?
You're probably wondering why we would want a Fragrance Free World, right? After all, roses have a fragrance. A lot of flowers do. So do foods and spices. Lots of things have a fragrance. What's wrong with fragrance?
Well, those aren't the ones we're concerned about here. Fragrance Free World is trying to get the message out that the "fragrances" that you buy in the store are not natural. Whether you buy a cologne, perfume, "air freshener" or some other product to which a "fragrance" has been added, it just isn't natural. AND, it isn't healthy.
Are you familiar with those commercials for "air freshener" that say things like "candles don't disperse the scent throughout the room"? They're pushing plug-in "air fresheners" or special candles and such that are made to help the scent quickly disperse throughout the room.
But, how in the world do they do that? The answer is chemicals called VOCs. The key word is volatile:
volatile - easily evaporated at normal temperatures
And just to be clear:
evaporate - turn from liquid into vapor
Hence, the fragrance molecules turn into a vapor at room temperature and can disperse throughout the room. The bad news is that the modern fragrance is a mess of chemicals to begin with. So they spread throughout the room. Furthermore, the fragrance is carried by the VOCs, so the VOCs spread throughout the room as well.
They wind up on your clothes, on your skin, in your lungs as you breathe, on any food in the room (even the grocery store), and in your stomach once you eat that food.
The worst news is that some of the same chemicals that everyone screams about if they get in our landfill are also used in modern fragrances. Chemicals in the landfill could wind up in our drinking water. We've likely all read about the benzene - a well-known carcinogen - in a landfill. But now it has a faster route to your body - the modern fragrance!
You look dubious. You're thinking "Surely the government wouldn't let this happen to us. Doesn't the FDA police these things?"
Sadly, the answer is "No".
It's got to do with something called a trade secret. It's the same reason no one really knows what's in Coca-Cola. Or why the KFC recipe is such a secret. The fragrance industry is afraid that if we had their ingredient list, any of us could reproduce that fragrance. As if! Right. I could give you the list of ingredients in my spaghetti sauce, but that wouldn't mean you could duplicate it. There's more to it than that.
Yet their lobbies have lots of money, so they keep their secret.
Honestly, I don't know how those people sleep at night. Knowing what they put in their products, and what it does to people. Clearly, they have no conscience.
Or, maybe their delusional.
For a long time, the fragrance industry claimed that the only possible physical reaction to a fragrance was dermatitis. At the spot on the skin where it was applied.
But that totally defies logic. We now know that our skin absorbs many things that are applied to it. Hence the success of the nicotine patch, the pain patch and the birth control patch. And that's just the beginning. If the scent reaches your nose, then it gets into your nose, and your lungs.
Now, think about the "air freshener" (a badly named product if there ever was one). The grocery stores where I live like to pump gallons of "air freshener" into their stores. My guess is that it is because our city has been named the "Sweatiest City".
Aside - Where I live, there's one grocery that has pretty much run all the others out of town. Any more their only competition is the discount stores turned "super" and the "wholesale" warehouses. About 2 years ago, I found that the soap in their restroom was identified as "fragrance free". It was stated that it was safe for use by those who handled food. It was some time later that I noticed that this soap was gone. About the time they started pumping in the "air freshener". Odd, don't you think?
So this chemical soup-turned-vapor is floating through the air in your grocery store. It gets on your produce. Maybe it comes off when you wash it. It also penetrates plastic. Oh, yes, plastic is very porous. So that means it gets into an awful lot of the food in the grocery. And so, you eat it.
No, I'm not making this up. If I could make things like this up, I'd be competing with Stephen King or some other author.
Sadly, there are many that would like to silence people like me. Trouble makers that we are. Quite politically incorrect.
This is not the mad rantings of one individual. There are many people that are impacted by these chemicals. They can affect anyone at anytime causing incapacitating and even disabling illness. Who can be affected by these chemicals?
* People with Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS)
* People with migraines
* People with Asthma
* Developing Children - Before and After Birth
* People with COPD or other breathing disorders
* People with Emphysema
* People with Autoimmune Disorders (MS, Lupus, and others)
* People with Allergies and Sinus Headaches
* People with frequent colds or respiratory infections
* People with Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, ADHD
* Formerly Healthy People who’ve been exposed to too many chemicals
* Who can say? You could be next!
Have a look around before you decide we're all crazy. 'Cuz we're not. We're just trying to survive. It's been said that we are like the canaries in the mines. Only no one is noticing our illness or our passing.
If you're here because you have a problem with fragrances, or you just dropped in and have decided you no longer want so many fragrances in your world, please send us a message.
Thanks for stopping by!
Finally! A Blog!
Fragrance Free World announces that it now has a blog: Breathe Free Or Die
Picking up the Pace!
Fragrance Free World has taken a back seat in my life for a while now. Not that it's any less a concern, it's even more so. Just due to a lack of time. But, I'm finally making some time and have some exciting things planned: a blog, more frequent updates, and even a forum. Got an idea for FFW? Use the Contact page to submit it.
A Little Bit of Mainstream Press!
Did you see the article in Parade Magazine on Sunday, April 16th? Titled "Make Your Household Healthy", it talked a little bit about VOCs and how prevalent they can be. And how bad they are. It wasn't really strong, but it was at least a mention. You can get the article from the Parade site. From their website, you can print the article. OR, you can email it to a friend, or perhaps to someone who doesn't understand! If you can't find the article, contact me and I can send you a copy.
Our 21st century world is inundated with fragrances. We put them in our air, on our bodies, even on our dishes. Yes really. The last time I bought dishwasher detergent in the supermarket, I had to choose a fragrance. Why do I want a fragrance on my dishes anyway.
The problem with the fragrances in our 21st century world is that they are NOT NATURAL. They consist mostly of chemicals which, as a class, are known as volatile organic compounds (VOCs). They include such items as benzene - a known carcinogen.
What's that you say? Can't be true? Where's the FDA on this? The answer is simple. The fragrance industry has hoodwinked the FDA into believing that they do not have to reveal their ingredients list because they are trade secrets! Outrageous! But it's true.
So, I'm probably fighting a losing battle with my website. Why? Because the PACs and lobbyists of the fragrance industry (think Calvin Klein & Ralph Lauren & others) have much more money than I do.
Oh, to have just one thing they have in Canada - a law requiring cosmetics to have a complete list of ingredients! Read it here.
What does it matter?
Aside from the fact that many VOCs are carcinogens (as if that wasn't enough), today's fragrances cause many other problems. Allergies, Asthmas, Migraines, Irritation of eyes, nose and throat, loss of coordination, damage to liver, kidney and central nervous system. Who knows how far-ranging the effects really are. My husband has suffered with asthma his entire life. But he reports far fewer attacks in the twelve plus years we have been together. See a Day in The Life of Me and My World for more. You can also read my story for my history of fragrance and migraine problems.
A Healthier Place to Live!
I've spent a lot of time thinking about what should go into this website. My purposes are:
- Share information with others who are also sensitive to fragrances
- Increase awareness of the problems created by over-use of fragrance
- Share information about health problems related to fragrances
Be sure to look around the site. I have tried to give some good examples of the fragrances that you encounter in this world of ours. I've also provided a lot of links - references for some of what I put on my site as well as other insights. Lots of good information is out there.
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