Can fragrance change lives?

A new cartoon video series called "Making Scents" produced by IFRA (the International Fragrance Association North America) simplifies how fragrances are made and tested for safety. The narrator gushes toward the end about the value of fragrances and suggests that they may even change lives. What do … [Read more...]

Waterford, Conn, joins cities with fragrance bans

Policies limiting or banning the use of fragrance is a growing policy trend that we've been following closely. Today Waterford, Conn, joins Portland, Oreg, and Detroit, Mich, in asking people to refrain from wearing perfume or cologne into Town Hall, according to Waterford's Patch.com. Robert M. … [Read more...]

How to ask for a fragrance policy

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Want to approach an agency, business, faith community, or healthcare facility and ask them consider starting a fragrance policy? Follow these simple steps to ensure that the process is friendly and informative. … [Read more...]

Axe may get the ax at high school

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Read "Axe Cologne" and what comes to mind? Possibly an image of high school guys doused in the stuff hoping to attract girls. This week The Upper Cape Cod Regional Technical School in Bourne, MA, has taken up the issue of indoor air quality and is considering banning perfume and cologne, including … [Read more...]

Portland now first US city to voluntarily ban fragrance

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The city council of Portland, OR,on February 24  passed a fragrance-free policy that discourages public workers from wearing scented products to work. The ban effectively makes Portland the first city in the U.S. to voluntarily create with fragrance-free public spaces. The action is voluntary, … [Read more...]

Should you wear scented products to work?

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Employers have begun asking workers to refrain from wearing and using scented personal and cleaning products at work. Now there are at least a dozen major institutions across the US covering over 100,000 people. What do you think? … [Read more...]

First US fragrance policy at work turns 10

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Peggy Wolf is a nurse and member of the organization Healthcare without Harm. She advocated for the first fragrance-free policy in the US, modeled on the QEII Hospital in Halifax. … [Read more...]

Halifax celebrates 20 years fragrance free

A generation of young business people in Halifax are fragrance-free at work

In 2011 Halifax marks its 20th anniversary as the first city in North America to go fragrance free at work. The idea started in a local hospital and spread to other businesses. Now an entire generation of young people has grown up without wearing scented beauty and body products in public spaces. … [Read more...]

Most Americans self-conscious of body odor

Most Americans are highly self-conscious of our bodies' natural odors, and we pay dearly to mask them, to the tune of about 2 billion dollars per year in the US.

The Scentinelle has a way of striking family and friends awkward feelings about their body odors. Some have expressed worry or shame that I will think that they stink. Others take precautions before seeing me--like not eating garlic, using mouthwash or applying extra deodorant--and then tell me … [Read more...]

Cream and lotions spoil after a year

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I reached into the back of the medicine cabinet and discovered a tube of hair grooming cream. It wasn't exactly ancient; I remember buying it around the time of my wedding, which was about four years ago. The tube was more than half full. I decided to pop open the cap and take a sniff. … [Read more...]