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In ancient times perfumes were created by extracting oils from flowers and herbs. Somewhere in the late eighteen hundreds it was discovered that chemicals could be used to create perfumes. Cheaper faster and more stable a single perfume would have approx. 90 chemicals, now to create a scent it's more like 1000.
According to the US National Academy of Sciences, 95 per cent of chemicals used in fragrances are derived from petrochemicals.
It is no wonder that so many people can not walk by a department store cosmetic counter, with out getting a headache and or nausea. These compounds are found in everything from Fabreez, laundry soap, reed diffusers, candles and food products.
December 2009, Chek 6 reported a news story. A Victorian resident had purchased a reed diffuser from a large department store. She decided she didn't like the scent, poured it down the drain and went to bed. The next day her drain pipe had melted and was destroyed from the liquid. Even reed diffusers that are made with essential oils contain 80% perfume oils because essential oils are two thick to go up the reed.
Fragrance oils contain parabans, phthalates acetone, ethanol, toluene, methylene chloride, benzaldehyde, benzyl acetate, benzyl alcohol, formaldehyde, limonene, linalool, g-terpinene, beta-phenethyl, musk amberette, musk xylene, musk keytone and other synthetic compounds that green beauty experts decry as harmful to our bodies and the water cycle they are washed into.
Researchers at Edinburgh University suggested in August that pregnant women exposed to certain chemicals found in perfume could be passing on fertility problems to their unborn sons. In response, the Cosmetics, Toiletry and Perfume Association reassured nervous mums-to-be that there is a legal obligation to ensure that products are safe
These are the same toxic chemicals that are on the hazardous waste lists of the EPA (Environmental Protective Agency), and the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act. In 1992, the US Food and Drug Administration did chemical analyses on a number of products. The report is called, "Polar Organic Compounds in Fragrances of Consumer Products". Of the fragrances tested in this analyses, Giorgio cologne for men, Giorgio perfume, and Chantilly spray mist contained ninety percent of the chemicals listed in the EPA's hazardous waste list.