then household chemicals are harmful – and so it is understandable. However, when faced with the next “discovery” of scientists in this area, it becomes a little uncomfortable …
Greenpeace server materials : Elite perfumery is dangerous for health
Updated 02.14.2005, 13:54
The European branch of the environmental organization Greenpeace has published a report according to which the perfumery products of well-known companies contain toxic compounds that are potentially hazardous to health.
The report is timed to coincide with Valentine’s Day in order to, as noted by Greenpeace spokesman Helen Perivier (Helen Perivier), to give loved ones beautiful fragrances, and not dangerous toxins.
A study of 36 samples of popular perfumes and eau de toilette showed that almost all of them contain phthalates – substances that, undergoing transformations in the body, have a negative effect on the liver, lungs, enter the sperm, and in pregnant women – disrupt the development of the fetus.
The most poisonous of these, diethyl phthalate (DEP), was found in 34 out of 36 samples.
In addition, synthetic musks have been found in popular perfumes, which affect the endocrine system and disrupt the exchange of hormones in the body.
Meanwhile, neither phthalates nor musks are included in the list of highly hazardous compounds of the European Union.
Reportedly, environmentalists have appealed to perfumery manufacturers with an appeal to remove these substances from their products.
From the side of firms, no reaction has yet followed.
Previously, hazardous substances were already found in deodorants, shampoos and air fresheners.
Deodorants can be dangerous to women’s health
Updated 01.13.2004, 15:16
Chemical compounds that are widely used in cosmetics such as deodorants may increase the risk of breast cancer.
This group of substances, known as parabens, was found in significant quantities in tumor tissue samples that were studied by British researchers from the University of Reading, near London.
Scientists decided to test emerging data that certain components of cosmetics can provoke cancerous tumors.
They examined 20 different tumor samples and concluded that they accumulate parabens with an average concentration of 20.6 nanograms per gram of tissue.
Moreover, they were presented in a form that could only get through the skin.
Project manager Dr. Philippa Darbre said:
“Parabens are used as preservatives in thousands of cosmetics, foods and medicines, but this is the first study to show they can accumulate in tissues.”
Scientists also noted that parabens, in action, are similar to female sex hormones and can, in principle, accelerate the growth of tumors.
The authors of the work, published in the pages of the Journal of Applied Toxicology, do not undertake to unambiguously judge the connection between the application of deodorants near the mammary glands with the risk of tumors, but believe that this assumption needs to be tested.
The need for additional research was expressed, in an accompanying editorial, by the editor of the journal, Dr. Philip Harvey (Philip Harvey).
Shampoos interfere with the development of fetal nerve cells
Updated 12/08/2004, 12:09
American scientists from the University of Pittsburgh have found that the use of shampoos during pregnancy can damage the development of the fetus, writes The Guardian.
In the manufacture of shampoos and other skin and hair care products, methylisothiazoline is commonly used as a preservative.
According to neurobiology professor Elias Aizenman, this substance can disrupt the development of the nervous system in the fetus, preventing the formation of connections between nerve cells.
Methylisothiazoline also finds use in water purification in factories where it is used in the manufacturing process.
As noted by Dr. Eisenman, this can be dangerous for pregnant women working in such enterprises.
In response to these concerns, representatives of the American Cosmetics, Fragrances and Hygiene Association said methylisothiazoline has passed numerous tests to confirm its complete safety.
Earlier, British scientists conducted a study showing that volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in deodorants and air fresheners can cause intestinal upset in infants.
Another study found that deodorants contain substances that increase the risk of breast cancer.
More research is needed on the safety of everyday cosmetics, Dr. Eisenman said.
Air fresheners harm children and their mothers
Updated 19.10.2004, 15:38
British scientists advise families with nursing babies to stop or reduce to a minimum the use of deodorants and air fresheners in the home, writes BBC News.
It has been found that the volatile organic compounds they contain can cause intestinal upset in the child and depression in the mother.
In a survey of 10,000 mothers, researchers from the University of Bristol, UK, found that, in families where air fresheners – both solid, aerosols, and sprays – were used daily, intestinal disorders in children were observed 32 percent more often.
In turn, the mothers of these children were 10 percent more likely to experience headaches and 26 percent more likely to be depressed.
“People think the more often they use deodorants and air fresheners, the cleaner their home looks and smells better,” says Bristol team leader Dr. Alexandra Farrow, “but unfortunately, cleaner doesn’t always mean healthier.” …
“Women who have babies under 6 months of age spend a lot of time indoors, so they are most susceptible to volatile compounds from aerosols. Meanwhile, lemon juice freshens the air just like deodorant, ”explains Dr. Farrow.
Dr. Chris Flower of the Perfume and Cosmetic Association takes a different look at this issue.
Products such as hairsprays and deodorants must pass safety checks before they hit store shelves. Also, they are not recommended to be sprayed in confined spaces, she says.
Cosmetics and perfumes spoil sperm
Updated 12.12.2002, 22:07
The chemical compound, which has found widespread use in the manufacture of cosmetics, perfumery and plastics, can lead to serious disruptions in sperm production.
American scientists have found that phthalates can lead to the appearance of defects in hereditary information in male germ cells.
The study was carried out by specialists from Harvard University in one of the Massachusetts infertility clinics.
The researchers selected a group of 168 men who were believed to have received the usual “dose” of phthalates through cosmetics and plastics.
he underwent analyzes of urine and seminal fluid. It turned out that the presence of phthalates does not go unnoticed.
According to the head of the study, Professor Russ Hauser, preliminary results of the study suggest that, under the influence of phthalates, the number of DNA damage in the sperm increases.
It is not yet clear how this affects the risk of infertility, the likelihood of miscarriage or the appearance of congenital malformations in a child.
Last month, the US Cosmetic Ingredients Commission, which is funded by the industry, decided to allow the use of three phthalate compounds in cosmetics and perfumery.
However, some continue to question the company’s decision about the safety of phthalates.
There is information about observations in which an increase in the frequency of birth defects in animals was recorded under the influence of this group of compounds, however, there is still no reliable data confirming that a similar pattern is also manifested in humans.
However, phthalates are banned in the EU, for example in the manufacture of children’s toys. The results of this study appeared in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives.