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What do the tests show?

It’s not practicable to present the test results of all 3,164 fragrance ingredients listed by the International Fragrance Association.

What’s presented here are three different snapshots of fragrance ingredients and their health effects, using the same lists quoted above in “ingredients of fragrance”:

  • The first few of the 3,163 ingredients
  • The twenty most-used ingredients
  • The 26 restricted ingredients

The tests show that virtually all of these ingredients can have negative effects on human health.  Some are immediate - headaches, asthma, rashes - while others might take decades to declare themselves as cancer and auto-immune diseases.  If a substance makes you sick straight away, it's easy to make the connection.  But the long-term health effects might not show up as symptoms for many years. 

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