Well, that organization's website looks really dodgy - not just the bad design, and the seeming obsession with Clarins, and the hysterical erratic tone of many of the commentaries, but there's no "About Us" page!
However, I'm always really surprised at how so many of you guys/gals are ready to just laugh off any concern about ingredients in perfumes. How many of you who laughed off the whole subject even looked at that website first, or even looked at any of the articles about Coumarin?
Some of the articles are just hysterics, but some are links to more reputable websites, science magazines, news articles etc. One of the articles linked to on the site is titled "Even Very Low Levels Of Lead Cause Brain Damage In Children. The toxicity of lead isn't controversial anymore, and I wouldn't imagine any of you dismissing it, but I can just imagine if there had been internet forums in 500 B.C. alot of you would have guffawing and laughing it up about the wacky claims that lead-lining in wine carafes is causing retardation in children, chronic fatigue and and premature death in adults, and complaining at how these crazy anti-lead maniacs just want to steal all our life's pleasures!
There's another article linked to on that site " L’Oreal High On Leaded Lipstick List. " about there being 5 times as much lead in many women's lipsticks as is allowed by the FDA. Is that something to laugh off also? Companies tend to be allowed to put toxic crap in products like lipstick or toothpaste which are not meant to be eaten, even though, especially with lipstick, for practical purposes people are basically eating them - since most of it gets licked off.
The fact is that we live in a world where most of what we buy comes from giant corporations who do not give a labratory rat's crap about our health. They'll put whatever they can get away with in their products. Alot of these chemicals have not been tested in depth, and no one knows their effects in small amounts. I use all the same perfumees as the rest of you, but given the corproate environment we live in, to me the basic stance I take is that I take it seriously if a consumer rights organization or independent scientists make claims against them,
And that wikipedia article on Coumarin doesn't make it sound particularly safe - just that it's less dangerous than wafarin! It even says " OSHA considers this compound to be only a lung-specific carcinogen..." and that it's been banned for all kinds of uses! I mean frankly, I have no idea whether it's dangerous or not in perfumes, but why just laugh everything off automatically?
Again, I don't have much faith in what that woman's website says (that organization is just one woman by the way) but still, I don't understand why people so automatically dismiss the slightest suggestions that all these weird chemicals we use every day might be dangerous,