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Why Air Fresheners and Scented Candles Can Wreck Your Health

Why Air Fresheners and Scented Candles Can Wreck Your Health

The Daily Mail

John Naish

September 2, 2015

  • UK spends nearly £400 million a year on candles, incense and aerosols
  • John Naish explores the hidden dangers of the hugely popular products
  • Investigators warn they can cause tumours, lung damage and asthma

“…SC Johnson maintains, however, that all its fragrance ingredients, even those not listed, are safe: ‘While they are not disclosed, the remaining ingredients also must meet our strict standards.’The company is at loggerheads with environmental health campaigners, however, over its use of the synthetic musks galaxolide and tonalide.

The American pressure group, Women’s Voices for the Earth (WVE), produced a report in April claiming the musks can build up in our bodies and particularly in breast milk. WVE believes that these musks are potentially dangerous, particularly to babies, because they may interfere with hormonal development. ‘The potential health impacts of synthetic musk exposure so early in life are still unknown,’ it warns…”

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