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    Default Help from those knowledgable in the chemical composition of fragrance

    Please pardon my ignorance. Also, I've been known to be a tad paranoid, but I was just reading an article on AOL, about the Top 5 Suspected Everyday Carcinogens, that you may not be aware of. The number 3 one on the list was Titanium Dioxide, and they mention it can be found in cosmetics. They say that it has been woefully understudied to this point, and more studies regarding its ability to pass through skin must be done. Is Titanium Dioxide ever a part of fragrance?
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    It could be but there wouldn't be much reason that I know of, it usually turns up in the 50+ SPF sunblock.

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    I have no specific information about this chemical but they do put sunblocking chemicals in frags to slow down light-related breakdown.
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    Default Re: Help from those knowledgable in the chemical composition of fragrance

    The high-proof perfumer's alcohol that accounts for the vast majority of all edp/edt/edc's, is far more carcinogenic than most of the ingredients the IFRA bans.

    That said, I don't believe titanium dioxide is used in fragrance, possibly not used at all. It would be far more prevalent in foundation makeup, lotions, and sunscreens.

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    Not fragrance, but lots of other places. From Wikipedia, emphasis added:

    Titanium dioxide dust, when inhaled, has recently been classified by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) as an IARC Group 2B carcinogen possibly carcinogenic to humans. Titanium dioxide accounts for 70% of the total production volume of pigments worldwide. It is widely used to provide whiteness and opacity to products such as paints, plastics, papers, inks, foods, and toothpastes. It is also used in cosmetic and skin care products, and it is present in almost every sunblock, where it helps protect the skin from ultraviolet light.

    Many sunscreens use nano particle titanium dioxide (along with nano particle zinc oxide) which does get absorbed into the skin.

    It has also been recently incorporated as a photocatalyst into dental bleaching products. It allows the use of decreased concentrations of hydrogen peroxide in the bleaching agent, thus claimed to achieve similar bleaching effects with fewer side effects (e.g. transient sensitivity, change in tooth surface topography, etc.)

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    Default Re: Help from those knowledgable in the chemical composition of fragrance

    I think they used to use lead pigments for white. THAT, I would worry about. TiO2 is damn near innocuous. I'm all for safety, but a bit of sanity is also called for. In fact, if TiO2 is banned, I am pretty sure the greatest danger remaining at that point will be further economic ruination and eventual social backlash. On the positive side, less titanium for white stuff means cheaper climbing gear.
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    I believe titanium dioxide is used in paint and cosmetics because of its opaque white color. I can't imagine why they would use it in perfume.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DULLAH View Post
    The high-proof perfumer's alcohol that accounts for the vast majority of all edp/edt/edc's, is far more carcinogenic than most of the ingredients the IFRA bans.

    Yea, you didn't need to tell me that. **gulp** ...... I'm just kidding.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JonB View Post
    I believe titanium dioxide is used in paint and cosmetics because of its opaque white color. I can't imagine why they would use it in perfume.
    Agree. Unless your EdT has the appearance of whole milk, I doubt there's titanium dioxide in it. Also, the vapor pressure of TiO2 is extremely low, meaning that it wouldn't contribute at all to a fragrance's scent.
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