Surfacing, I included the wide variety of links because the entire issue is a rather hot topic & reactions run a wide range from the life threatening (asthma) to the absurd. ie: the bus driver. I thought the article should be included to illustrate the point & to be fair.
The point is, these reactions & thus the answer to SirSlartys question is easily searched on the internet.
However, we do discuss a lot of issues here, so let's discuss it. Let's discuss it fairly
. Don't dismiss
the reactions people have as limited to "the very few individuals"
that you might be aware of. It's obviously a bigger issue than that.
So to answer SirSlartys question, here are some of the physical reactions:
Asthma attacks brought on by exposure to perfume
Contact dermatitis, skin redness & rashes brought on by contact with perfume
Headache, sometimes severe (migraine), sinus congestion, dizziness & nausea brought on by exposure to perfume.
Tulane University has done a study which identified perfume as one of the top 7 triggers indoor air pollutants & triggers for asthma.
Here's an article which was published in the Flavor and Fragrance Journal:
"AU: Betty Bridges
TI: Fragrance: emerging health and environmental concerns
SO: Flavour and Fragrance Journal
CP: Copyright © 2002 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
AD: Fragranced Products Information Network, 12602 Reed Rock Road, Amelia, VA 23002, USA
AB: Products containing scent are a part of daily life. The majority of cosmetics, toiletries, household and laundry products contain fragrance. In addition, there is exposure to fragrance from products that are used to scent the air, such as air fresheners and fragranced candles. In spite of this widespread use and exposure, there is little information available on the materials used in fragrance. Fragrance formulas are considered trade secrets and components that make up the fragrance portion of the product are not revealed on labels. Fragrance is increasingly cited as a trigger in health conditions such as asthma, allergies and migraine headaches. In addition, some fragrance materials have been found to accumulate in adipose tissue and are present in breast milk. Other materials are suspected of being hormone disruptors. The implications are not fully known, as there has been little evaluation of systemic effects. There are environmental concerns as well, as fragrances are volatile compounds, which add to both indoor and outdoor air pollution. Synthetic musk compounds are persistent in the environment and contaminate waterways and aquatic wildlife. At present there is little governmental regulation of fragrance. The fragrance industry has in place a system of self-regulation. However, the present system has failed to address many of the emerging concerns. Industry needs to responsibly address concerns and ensure that scented products are safe for users, those inadvertently exposed and the environment. It is essential that an industry that is, and wishes to continue to be, self-regulated should identify and address concerns in a forthright and responsible manner. Copyright © 2002 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd."
My mother-in-law was an emergency room nurse. She told me of a woman who was brought in because her husband found her fainted on the bathroom floor of their home. She had just put on Obsession
. Turns out, she was highly allergic to one of the ingredients in the fragrance.
A huge issue around this is that the people who do not suffer from any of these reactions have little or no compasion or tolerance for the people who do. Yet, the people who do suffer, do indeed suffer. Just because you might not have experience with it, does not mean it doesn't exist. Nor does it mean that there aren't those who take advantage of the situation.
And Surfacing, as for "the very few individuals" being effected, I don't think entire countries would be changing their laws for the sake of a few individuals.