Around three to five thousand fragrance chemicals are used to manufacture fragrances, and a fragrance can comprise of around thirty to five hundred different chemicals. Almost none of the combined or single ingredients are tested for safety for CNS safety in spite of many of these chemicals comprising of carcinogenic and/or neurotoxins. There is no regulatory, safe or legal meaning on labels that state hypo allergenic or fragrance free. Most of these products contain a masking fragrance that is usually not labelled as a fragrance but is a required by the Federal Drug Association. Many consumers that have purchased fragrance free products have reported a sensitivity reaction.
Two ingredients commonly used in fragrances which were found to have neurotoxins are musk ambrette and AETT. However, AETT which is an ingredient used in womens fragrances Brisbane, passed the safety test and has been used for over twenty years in fragrances. Even in spite of some perfumes and fragrances causing health problems, the ingredients are confidential business information and are considered trade secrets. Certain fragrances have now been recognized as a trigger of sinus problems, migraine headaches, asthmatic attacks and allergic reactions, as they are more common and found in personal care products and household products. In addition many fragrances have now been listed as a source of environmental pollution and indoor air pollution.
The fragrance industry still remains self regulated and the standards remain voluntary which can be dangerously misleading. Millions of men, women and children use fragrances daily in their personal care, cleaning and household products of which many believe that the products are safe. The actual safety of fragrances still remains largely untested making the use of fragrances still uncertain. All humans breath in VOCs daily even when smelling flowers or the garlic aroma when cooking.