David Suzuki and Cdn Lung Assoc. urge going fragrance-free
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All of our hard work with these organizations is paying off!
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David Suzuki Foundation in partnership with the Canadian Lung Association
Join the growing movement for fragrance-free homes and workplaces!
Removing unnecessary scented products from where you live and work can
be beneficial for your health, the health of those around you, and the
environment. Read on for tips on how to go fragrance-free at work and at
For the past few decades, companies and advertisers have done an
impressive job of casting a romantic light on perfumes and colognes. And
we now live in an age where you can buy scented air fresheners that
instantly make your car smell like a pine forest and candles that can
make your living room smell like a big bowl of potpourri. What isn't
disclosed on the tidy billboards and romantic TV commercials are the
hundreds of potentially harmful chemicals that are used to provide these
What does "fragrance" really mean?
The vast universe of fragranced consumer products includes the obvious
scented products like colognes, perfumes, and air fresheners. But it
also includes countless body products (e.g., shampoos, conditioners,
lotions, deodorants), cleaners, candles, laundry detergents, and more.
Each product can contain dozens or even hundreds of fragrance-related
chemicals, but companies are not required to provide this information to
In the case of cosmetics, the generic term parfum or fragrance on the
ingredient list can represent a complex cocktail of chemicals. "Parfum"
was the most commonly reported ingredient in the David Suzuki
Foundation's 2010 cosmetics survey and can be found in nearly every type
of personal care product.
Even products labelled as "unscented" and "fragrance-free" may contain
masking agents — that is, fragrance chemicals that hide odours (source:
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