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Welcome to My Fragrance-Free Workplaces Blog

Smoking disappeared from public places not only because state legislatures or city governments banned it, but because a rising tide of people began to argue that secondhand smoke was damaging the health of millions of people. I’m convinced that within a few years the use of fragrances in all forms will almost disappear from the … Continue reading Welcome to My Fragrance-Free Workplaces Blog

Jack, a Los Alamos Lab Technician, Develops Chemical Sensitivity and Fragrance Sensitivity

  Jack's story appeared in my 2000 book titled Casualties of Progress: Personal Histories from the Chemically Sensitive.  After the passage of almost two decades, I no longer hesitate to openly say what was fairly obvious in the story below.  He worked at Los Alamos.  It is indeed shocking to see how one of the … Continue reading Jack, a Los Alamos Lab Technician, Develops Chemical Sensitivity and Fragrance Sensitivity

What Does Wood Smoke Have to Do with Fragrance Sensitivity?

  The short answer is that people who have developed sensitivity to perfume, cologne, aftershave, and other fragranced products like cleaning products usually also begin reacting to other toxic chemicals in the environment. Reducing your exposure to wood smoke could help you tolerate better those unavoidable exposures to fragrances that you encounter in your daily … Continue reading What Does Wood Smoke Have to Do with Fragrance Sensitivity?

A Fascinating Longer Interview with Jon Whelan About Fragranced Products

  The following 34-minute interview is well worth viewing. To see how full it is of powerful material, you may want to first watch the segment that begins at about time code 15:30 and continues to about 16:20. During this segment Whelan is filmed in a blue shirt sitting next to a bookcase while having … Continue reading A Fascinating Longer Interview with Jon Whelan About Fragranced Products

Film Titled “Stink” Explores Issues with Synthetic Fragrance Ingredients and Other Toxic Chemicals

  The first video below is a short trailer for the 2015 movie Stink that is an outstanding presentation of key issues concerning fragranced products that will make you want to order the film from Netflix. The second film, an interview with Director Jon Whelan, is an interesting look behind the scenes of making a documentary … Continue reading Film Titled “Stink” Explores Issues with Synthetic Fragrance Ingredients and Other Toxic Chemicals

A Coal-Fired Power Plant Closes in Holyoke, Massachusetts

The Toxics Action Center of Massachusetts just sent me a fundraising appeal containing the following excellent six-minute video about an old coal-fired power plant in Holyoke, Massachusetts. Given the amount of soot the plant was belching into the surrounding area until it was finally closed, it's hardly surprising that the incidence of asthma in Holyoke … Continue reading A Coal-Fired Power Plant Closes in Holyoke, Massachusetts

Living in a Prison with Fragrance Sensitivity

  Over the decades during which I've been gathering information on multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS) and fragrance sensitivity issues, a most unusual case came to my attention via a hand-printed letter from a man named Kemp Horton, who has been a prisoner in the Arizona State Penitentiary since 2002.  In his rambling letter covering several … Continue reading Living in a Prison with Fragrance Sensitivity