Fragrance Facts Fan Flames
UPdate Fall 2002
The October 2002 issue of Flavour
and Fragrance Journal contains an article by nurse and scent activist
Betty Bridges, titled "Fragrance- Emerging Health and Environmental Concerns".
Apparently the article has created "quite a stir" and the next issue of
the journal will carry an article with the opposing viewpoint. Flavour
and Fragrance is a refereed journal addressing issues of concern
to the industry.
A few facts from the Bridges article:
- Perfume was found to be an
environmental factor associated with the
The full article is available on Bridges'
highly informative Fragranced Products Information Network website, www.fpinva.org/FragranceReview.htm.
development of asthma in children in
the United Arab Emirates.
- An epidemiological study of bronchial
asthma among children in Moscow found that children living near perfume
factories had a higher incidence of asthma.
- In response to increasing skin allergies
to fragrance materials, the
Scientific Committee on Cosmetic Products
and Non-Food Products of the European Commission has recommended that known
skin sensitizers be listed on labels.
-In Japan, nitromusk compounds were
banned in the early 1980s due to
environmental concerns, and some common
sensitizers are prohibited from being used in fragrances. These measures
have reduced allergies to common fragrance sensitizers in Japan.
- A study of scented products by the
US Environmental Protection Agency concluded that scented products contained
some materials that were of toxicological significance at low levels, and
that further work and study were needed in this area.
Bridges has also recently posted a Fragrance
Facts brochure which she is
making freely available for reproduction.
It can be found at