Fragrance chemicals can trigger allergies, asthma and migraines in many people.
According to new research, "Overall, 34.7 % of the population reported health problems, such as migraine headaches and respiratory difficulties, when exposed to fragranced products" (Steinemann, 2016).
Fragrance overuse at work and school is an indoor air quality issue. It can have medical effects similar to second-hand smoke.
Please share this information to increase fragrance sensitivity awareness at home and work:
Many "over-cologners" don't realize they're overdoing scents. They may not smell the scent any longer, due to olfactory fatigue or differences in olfactory acuity.
Most people are reasonable and considerate, and will lessen or stop their use of scents when asked. They do not want to purposefully cause you medical distress. They understand the etiquette of shared space.
We encourage you to request that others reduce the use of fragranced personal products at gatherings, work and school.
See the tab "Build Awareness" above. Here's some wording to try:
We welcome suggestions on diplomatic but direct ways to inform folks that their scents are causing medical distress.
Easily save time and money by making your own unscented hand soap, laundry detergent, shampoo and moisturizers. Click the Fragrance-free Alternatives tab above for recipes and suggestions for fragrance-free alternatives to try. See if they work for you too!
Updated September, 2017.