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    What is it?

    Fragrances/Parfum in cosmetics and personal care products are linked to breathing difficulties and allergies.

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    About 2,600 chemicals are commonly used in perfume; 95% of chemicals used to scent cosmetics are synthetic compounds derived from petroleum.

    Twenty-six of these chemicals are on the EU banned list. Mostly synthetic ingredients, fragrances can indicate the presence of up to 4,000 separate ingredients, many toxic or carcinogenic.  Symptoms reported to the FDA include headaches, dizziness, allergic rashes, skin discoloration, violent coughing and vomiting, and skin irritation. Clinical observation proves fragrances can affect the central nervous system, causing depression, hyperactivity, irritability, inability to cope, and other behavioral changes.  

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    From California Proposition 65, "The Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986"

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