What are the dangers?

When you read about the damaging effects of some perfume chemicals below, keep in mind the fact that most such chemicals have hardly been tested at all, so the information here may represent only a minute proportion of actual adverse effects of perfume chemicals.

Many artificial perfume chemicals are designed to have characteristics which make them more likely to be absorbed by the body and to accumulate in vital organs, even if these consequences are not intended. One notable characteristic is lipophilicity – attraction to fat. This, combined with the ‘enduring’ nature so beloved of the manufacturers, means that the body tends to have difficulty getting rid of them.

Different companies and organisations provide conflicting safety information, such as whether or not chemicals cause irritation, genetic mutations or allergic reactions. Sometimes it is difficult or impossible even to know to what chemical a company is referring. Each chemical can have dozens of alternative names, companies often mis-spell them, and the same name is sometimes used to refer to more than one chemical or mixture.

We can, of course, turn to government sources for reliable information though. Or can we...?