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Health Risks Of Fragrances: Do Body Sprays and Perfumes Have Health Risks?

possibly harmful chemicals contained in fragrances; industry stakeholders says "products are non-toxic"


The axiom “you are what you wear” often puts pressure on people to look and smell their best. From deodorants to body spray to perfumes of different fragrances, the aim is always to turn necks and to have people asking “what cologne are you wearing?” while you chortle and reply “essence of the good life”, with little thought about the health risks of fragrances

Lately, it has been reported that the fragrance you wear could put you in a significant amount of health risk. People often go for a well-known celebrity brand of perfumes in order to get the absolute best and to leave no chance to health issues; however, even the high and mighty brands may have a few discrepancies of their own.

Bodysprays, perfumes, deodorants, antiperspirants, and the likes all come in a wide variety of fragrances and individual mixture of chemicals which are usually not disclosed or clearly written on the bottle. This is obviously a well-guarded company secret and allows every fragrance making company to have an edge over the other.

However, with the growing health problems related to allergic reactions after the use of a perfume, it is pertinent that these unknown chemicals are well listed and more tests carried out on the harmful effects on the human body in both long and short term.

Health Risks Of Fragrances Report

A collection of perfumes was sent off for further testing at an independent laboratory for further research on the composition and the possibilities of other inclusions that may be harmful to the skin. Here is a list of some of the products in question:

  • Calvin Klein Eternity for Men
  • Halle by Halle Berry
  • Britney Spears Curious
  • Quicksilver
  • Hannah Montana Secret Celebrity
  • Giorgio Armani Acqua Di Gio
  • Glow by Jennifer Lopez
  • Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue
  • Calvin Klein Eternity for men
  • Abercrombie & Fitch Fierce
  • Clinique Happy Perfume Spray

The report showed the presence of 38 “secret” compounds that were contained in at least 17 popular brands. There was an average of 14 chemicals in each product. Some of these chemicals were linked to benzyl benzoate, tonalite, and diethyl phthalate which had hormone-disrupting characteristics.

Consequently, many of these products are under stringent review by the Fragrance Association as well as the Research Institute for Fragrance Materials

Law for Fragrance

Since its inception in 1973, the Federal Fair Packaging and Labeling Act allowed the concealing of cosmetic ingredients, rather, these chemicals may be represented as a lump fragrance to protect the interests of companies as well as consumers.

However, measures are put in place to conduct full-scale research on the thousands of fragrances hitting the market on a daily basis. It may not be completely feasible to ensure the safety of every fragrance that is in distribution so it is best to be vigilant while trying the myriad of perfumes and fragrance products out there.  


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