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The health risks of secret chemicals in perfumes.

Perfume is now considered among the top five allergens in North America and European countries and is associated with a wide range of skin, eye and respiratory reactions. Repeated, cumulative exposure to chemical sensitizers like allergenic fragrance ingredients increases the chance that a person will develop allergic symptoms later in life.

Secret chemicals in perfumes, some with the potential to act as hormone disruptors, others, sensitizing chemicals associated with allergic reactions such as asthma, wheezing, headaches and contact dermatitis, are not listed on labels due to a loophole in federal law that allows companies to claim fragrances as trade secrets.

Read report from the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics (PDF): http://safecosmetics.org/downloads/NotSoSexy_report_May2010.pdf

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