Are Fragrances Drugs By Design?

From the FDA

drugs FDA

Drug by definition:

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What about fragrances when they target our brains and brain functions, including moods and perceptions?

From the fragrance industry:

Aromachology and the brain

To use fragrance technology to transmit feelings directly to the brain

???

That sounds a lot like drugs to me!

From the FDA… Is it a drug?

FDA Is it a drug

Scent marketers can admit to targeting our brains and emotions with their concoctions, yet neither they nor the businesses they sell their products to are licensed psychiatrists whose services (or drugs) we’ve consented to receive, nor are they licensed to practice medicine or administer drugs to us, nor do they have our informed consent to alter our brains or bodies, and not only that, their “drugs” have not been approved as safe for any segment of the population, by any independent regulatory agency in existence.

The FDA on essential oils as drugs:

FDA Is It a Cosmetic a Drug or Aromatherapy drug

Why are other fragrances not regulated as drugs when they are clearly designed to alter our brains?

aromachology cognitive effects

How are they making sure there are no adverse or negative  “cognitive mediation” effects from the products they subject us to?

HINT: They aren’t! So many of us experience cognitive issues and brain fog after inhaling their substances! It is well known that even the best drugs can cause immediate adverse effects in some people. Some drugs cause birth defects in future generations. Who is making sure that these drugs are not harming current and future generations?

The fragrance industry is entirely self regulated.

Fragrance Industry tested 1000 of 3163Do you feel comforted by this when known carcinogens, neurotoxins, endocrine disruptors, and other harmful chemicals are used in everyday fragrances?

Breathing is not optional. Our brains are our personal property. They are our body’s control centers. When external agents that include toxic chemicals are used to alter our brains without our informed consent, without our permission, is this not the same as being drugged without consent, or assault when the effects are painful as they are to those of us who get migraines, asthma, and otherwise become disabled by them?

Is It a Cosmetic a Drug or Both?

FDA does not approve cosmetics, although we do approve color additives used in cosmetics. It is the responsibility of cosmetic manufacturers to ensure, before marketing their products, that the products are safe when used as directed in their label or under customary conditions of use.

FDA Is It a Cosmetic a Drug or Both 1

If fragrances contain ingredients that are also used in registered drugs, but they don’t make claims of acting like drugs, they “merely” have the same effects as the drug ingredients that they contain, does that mean they are or aren’t drugs?

On Mood Altering

mood-altering
adjective
(especially of drugs) capable of changing one’s emotional state.

From the fragrance industry:

Fragrance Industry how fragrances affect mood

Oh-oh!

“They can also contribute to feelings of irritation, stress, depression, and apathy”!

And there’s an “anatomical basis for this”

If exposure to fragrance chemicals affects the limbic system of our brains, and can alter our ability to think and function of our own free will, is that not the same as being drugged?

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FDA It is a drug if it affects the function of the body and brain function is a body function

The FDA and fragrance industry’s own statements show fragrances are drugs!

FDA law defines a drug

The brain a part of our body. If a fragrance alters our brain function, it’s a drug!

Usually when we take drugs, they are prescribed by a licensed and trained practitioner, and we do so with informed consent, unlike date rape drugs (and fragrances) which are administered without consent, because someone wants to take advantage of us when we can’t resist. Fragrance chemicals are everywhere now, and avoiding them has become impossible.

Breathing is not optional.

Fragrances are volatile and permeate the air we all have to breathe. Remember how the non-smoking section signs did nothing to stop smoke from entering them. If there are fragrance chemicals in the building, be they for scent marketing, “freshening” the air (to cover up other chemical off-gassing), being worn or otherwise used by building occupants, then the chemicals are moving around everywhere.

These chemicals do not respect personal boundaries, or property lines. Laundry products with fragrance and other chemicals in them are ceaselessly crossing property lines as they are emitted from dryer vents that were designed to emit moisture, not toxic chemicals. Multi-unit building air is also contaminated as the molecules move and  infringe on people’s right to enjoy fresh air in their own homes and outdoor spaces.

Fragrance Industry why we useFragrances do NOT make clothes (or anything else) smell clean.

Clean has no smell.

Marketing manipulation has convinced people that everything has to be fragranced. Cost-cutting has reduced the amount of cleaning staff. Cost-cutting has also meant our products and materials are more toxic than ever before, continually off-gassing harmful chemicals into the air, and the air “freshener” industry conveniently stepped in with products to cover up the stench and deaden our ability to perceive clearly!

When fragrance chemicals are designed to alter our cognitive abilities and are released into the air we have to breathe, shouldn’t the ingredients be independently tested and regulated?

Shouldn’t the concoctions be independently tested and regulated for synergistic effects?

Shouldn’t those who are dispensing them be regulated and be required to get our informed consent before we are subjected to inhaling the fragrances drugs which are designed to alter our ability to think clearly when used for scent marketing and selling products?

Aromachology1

Olfaction Emotion & the Amygdala 2004_hughes(PDF)
“Particular emphasis is placed on the diversity of functions attributed to the amygdala. It’s role in modulating the encoding and retrieval of long-term memory is investigated with reference to lesion, electrophysiological, immediate early gene, and functional imaging studies in both rodents and humans. Additionally, the influence of hormonal modulation and the adrenergic system on emotional memory storage is outlined.”

Aromachology limbic system

If they are targeting the amygdala and limbic system with secret scent concoctions, could this not have something to do with the rise in amygdala related disorders?

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 scent marketing manipulation close-upEconomist, “Scents and sensitivity”, Dec 6, 2007 print edition

Scents and sensitivity
Subliminal smells can have powerful effects


The findings do, however, demonstrate what might be a powerful method of manipulation. Indeed, Dr Li considers the potential uses to be vast. Business meetings might be made more pleasant by releasing appropriate fragrances into the air in unsmellable amounts. Conversely, fights might be started by putting people in the presence of a faint foul odour. Advertising hoardings might benefit from a little olfactory tweaking and cinema audiences could be reduced to floods of tears at the appropriate moment. The sweet smell of success might, in other words, actually be undetectable.

~ re “Subliminal Smells Can Guide Social Preferences” in Psychological Science (Wen Li, Isabel Moallem, Ken A. Paller, and Jay A. Gottfried, Vol. 18(12), 1044-1049).

 

scent marketing manipulationClick > economist scentsandsensitivity for PDF

psychology

Psychologists must be licensed to practice. If stores, hotels, and other businesses are buying fragrance concoctions from the scent marketing industry to alter our perceptions, they are doing so without a license to practice on us.

psychologists are licensed

Common Scents Marketing ~ Dr John Molot

A drug is defined as any substance that is intended to affect the structure or function of the body.

These chemicals induce functional changes in the limbic system of our brain, making us feel relaxed and more open to suggestion. The aim of the exposure to specific scents is to achieve immediate behavioural responses – stay, browse, and buy. Our brains are being manipulated to make decisions that we might not otherwise make because we are being exposed to these chemicals. The scent industry has studies showing that using their products increases sales and profits. Are we actually being drugged?

The chemical ingredients used in scented products are proprietary, meaning that we do not have the legal right to know the contents. The scent industry might proclaim that their products are safe but the safety of these chemicals, both individually and in combination, is not well known. In particular, they have potential for neurotoxicity. If they can affect human function, they could also cause side effects, just like any other drug. Many people with chemical sensitivites, asthma, allergies, and migraines react strongly to these scents. Shouldn’t we at least be warned before entering the store that it could be hazardous to our health? …

Other people are required to have licenses to practice influencing our minds and brains.

When they mess up and case adverse health effects, there are repercussions.

psychologist psychiatrist and prescriptions CMHA

What we breathe, we also absorb. What secret chemical blends are we actually absorbing? What other health effects do they have now and on future generations?

 secret scents

Chemicals used in fragrance concoctions have been linked to endocrine disruption, asthma, autism, learning disabilities, migraines, obesity, diabetes, respiratory problems, birth defects, digestive problems, central nervous system impairment, to name a few.

So why are these substances not regulated as drugs when it’s quite clear that they are not only drugs, but are capable of (and deliberately designed to) alter our brain functions, and are probably more harmful to health than cigarettes?

Fragrance Industry agenda

So what standards do apply?

Fragrance Industry safety evaluationReasonable risk to who? Us or them?

“Perfume is a $6.1 billion industry in the U.S. and $29 billion worldwide. Add to that the billions more spent to create other fragrances used in soaps, lotions, deodorants, detergents and other household products.”
~ January 2015 by a former Republican congressman

The Scent Industry Expands Lobbying Efforts | Hill Climber

http://www.rollcall.com/news/the_scent_industry_expands_lobbying_efforts_hill_climber-227112-1.html

Industry Lobby Opposes Disclosure of Fragrance Ingredients

http://www.sej.org/publications/watchdog-tipsheet/industry-lobby-opposes-disclosure-fragrance-ingredients

https://www.opensecrets.org/lobby/clientsum.php?id=D000064833&year=2014

If their products are safe, why are they spending so much $ opposing regulations?

It looks like the EPA had concerns about the safety of fragrance chemicals in pesticides.

FACT fragrances are safe in pesticides

Fragrances in Pesticides?

There is MORE regulation for the safety of fragrances used in pesticides (cides are designed to kill) than there are for fragrances we are subjected to on a 24/7 basis!

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fragrance industry transparency

AirFreshenerList09

Benzene is used in air “fresheners”
“A 1948 toxicological review of benzene came to the conclusion that there is     no safe exposure level”
http://www.preventionstartshere.org/dirtysecrets/

A Few Other Serious Issues

Neurotoxins: As far back as 1986, the U.S. National Academy of Sciences identified fragrance ingredients as one of six categories of neurotoxins (chemicals that are toxic to the brain) that should be thoroughly investigated for impacts on human health. However, this research has not been demanded or funded. The FDA has taken no action on a petition submitted to the agency in 1999 requesting fragrance components to be listed on labels.

Role of perfumes in pathogenesis of Autism
The highly mutagenic, neurotoxic, and neuromodulatory chemicals found in perfumes are often overlooked and ignored as a result of a giant loophole in the Federal Fair Packaging and Labeling Act of 1973, which explicitly exempts fragrance producers from having to disclose perfume ingredients on product labels.

Physicians for Social Responsibility
What are the health hazards of exposure to fragrances in consumer products and cosmetics? How can our regulatory system effectively address such hazards?

EWG’s FRAGRANCE  Score = 8 (7-10 = High hazard)

Prenatal exposure to common household chemicals linked with substantial drop in child IQ
“While avoiding all phthalates in the United States is for now impossible, the researchers recommend that pregnant women take steps to limit exposure by not microwaving food in plastics, avoiding scented products as much as possible, including air fresheners, and dryer sheets, and not using recyclable plastics labeled as 3, 6, or 7.”

Did you know some fragrance chemicals have narcotic effects? And that they can be addictive?

perfume dior addict

The Addictive Power of Toxic Perfumes and Colognes

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Intoxicating fragrance: Jasmine as valium substitute
Summary:
Instead of a sleeping pill or a mood enhancer, a nose full of jasmine from Gardenia jasminoides could also help, according to researchers in Germany. They have discovered that the two fragrances Vertacetal-coeur (VC) and the chemical variation (PI24513) have the same molecular mechanism of action and are as strong as the commonly prescribed barbiturates or propofol.

… Via the air breathed in, the scent molecules go from the lungs into the blood and then transmitted from there to the brain. Electrophysiological measurements of neurons in the brain areas responsible for the sleep-wake cycle showed that the GABA-effect on those nerve cells active in sleep was enhanced by the fragrances.

“something that disrupts a person’s thinking, feeling, mood, ability to relate to others and daily functioning is…”

When scent crosses the ethical line


“Scent affects mood and scent affects emotion,” says Kevin Bradford, a marketing professor at the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business. “It works without you having the opportunity to filter it. To me, that is extremely unethical.”

According to Aradhna Krishna, a professor at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business, scent marketing falls into the category of sensory marketing. In her book, Customer Sense: How the 5 Senses Influence Buying Behavior, she defines sensory marketing as “marketing that engages the consumer’s senses and affects their perception, judgment and behaviour.”

The Canadian Marketing Association’s code of ethics states that marketers must not knowingly mislead consumers. In the United States, the Federal Communications Commission says it is unethical to transmit information below the consumer’s threshold of awareness. According to Bradford, “scent could be introduced to the environment at a level lower than what consumers could possibly detect, and it would still affect their emotions. Consumers should be able to detect the things that are influencing them.”

From the fragrance industry:

Fragrance Industry Stated BenefitsMarketing and manipulating our perceptions also has a role here.

Given the information we have, shouldn’t this stuff be regulated at least as much as drugs are?

And if aromatherapy oils are considered drugs, then aromatic substances released into the air to affect our brains and emotions to make us shop more should certainly be regulated as drugs!

 

Not that I think for a minute that the FDA does an adequate job regulating drugs. Drugs which are by and large made of chemicals. Drugs which have caused countless deaths because the pharmaceutical (chemical) industry has hidden research showing adverse health effects. Drugs that are made of chemicals known to cause adverse health effects.

 

Phthalates, for instance, in addition to being in food packaging, toys, and many fragrances and fragranced products (including everyday personal care, laundry and cleaning products) are also used in drugs, supplements, and medical supplies.

This has to stop!

Not only are people becoming disabled and developing chronic health conditions from these products, the health and well-being of future generations is at stake.

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In the meantime…

Until these substances are regulated the way they should be, (and the toxic ingredients removed from use) if we don’t want to be subjected to unauthorized drugging, cognitive impairments, and other disabling effects these chemicals cause, where exactly do we go to breathe fragrance-free air, buy fragrance-free food or clothing, or find anything else really, that hasn’t been contaminated with fragrance chemicals?

We are exposed to fragrances everywhere now. They have been added to so many products and places that they are impossible to escape, even when cloistered in a bubble, as almost everything we bring into the bubble has been contaminated by 2nd or 3rd hand fragrance residues from somewhere along the supply chain.

Instead of regulations that protect industry profits, we need regulations that protect our health, our environment, and the health of future generations.

Let’s make it happen! For us and for future generations!

We all need clean, drug and pollution free air to breathe.

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30 responses to “Are Fragrances Drugs By Design?

  1. Impressive case for labeling fragrances as drugs. Why do we need trade mark unique scents from a bottle when our natural pheromones already give us our unique scents?

    • Not only labeling, but seriously restricting their use!

      • I agree but relabeling changes the entire landscape of their use. They might have to be prescribed by a doctor and I imagine like any other drug if they had negative side effects — would be open to litigation for causing harm.

        • I’m thinking about their use in public places. I suppose warnings on the doors of hotels, stores, etc that use scent marketing or air “fresheners” would be in order, like what they did with smoking
          “Warning: this place contains tobacco smoke which is know or suspected to cause harm to your baby, lungs, etc”

          “Warning: this place contains fragrance which is know or suspected to cause harm to your baby, your brain, etc”

        • That would be ideal. In addition to encouraging companies to use less nasty formulas, price and access to info could reduce use among members of the population (or businesses) that are only using it to cover up a lack of cleanliness, and promote healthier behavior from those who engage in that kind of self harm due to ignorance, or for other reasons. It could encourage those who need it to get the mental health care they need to overcome the issues that lead to use of these products and encourage people to make better choices (both for them and everyone around them). Lack of self esteem and addiction are common reasons for use even among those who are aware that they are harming themselves, and plain old cognitive dissonance or other personality disorder type issues can hold people back from making better choices for themselves, too.

          The more we understand about how chemical damage to the brain makes it easier for people to justify or harder to break away from unhealthy habits, the easier it will be to help them to help themselves. Room for developing addiction/damage correction related treatments could spawn further studies for supplements that would help to heal damage (beyond what has already been done and in a manner that would re-introduce it to the mainstream on a wider scale) and further progress with removal of these products from public areas, if big pharma took a minute to learn from healthcare professionals (the ones that focus on actually healing disease). Education and getting people to vote with their dollars is faster than legislation, but getting more people to pay attention to the scientific data that has already been made available and making additional data more widely available would help a lot.

          • If you look into the sources of pollution and health harm, which are predominantly from petrochemicals and fossil fuel based substances, and then look into the corporations who are producing them, you will see in many cases that the same entities are also manufacturing medical equipment and pharmaceuticals. More recently some have added neutra-ceuticals to their portfolios… Think about that for a while…

  2. Great article ♡♡♡ You are as always hitting the nail straight on the head!
    Hope it truely sinks in! We are unwillingly and unknowingly being attacked by tons of DRUGS that are not only altering our health hormones, nervous system etc. but our essence, our own free will, our cells including our DNA and genes too! Right down to our ‘Being Human’. This needs to change drastically before it’s just too late!

    Big Reiki Hug ♡♡♡

    • I wish more people wanted to know, and cared enough to act on this information…

      • Speaking of trying to get people to act on this info… I noticed a couple links at the bottom of the article and some of the graphioc inserts mention something of the source of the info, but is there a comprehensive list of sources available for the points made here? Something that looks a a little more concrete than an individual re-iterating what we know but which most people who haven’t spent time studying it or learned the hard way will want to see from a “trusted or authoritative source”?

        • I used to add ALL the links and references to back up everything I say in each post, but so few people followed them, and they are very time consuming to do, especially when one has severe brain fog and other health problems, so I stopped, unless I have some extra energy at the time.

          There are links and references available in numerous places all over this site.

          If anyone is up to creating more professionally “acceptable” articles, and doing the grunt-work to address these issues at the regulatory levels, please do, and please share what you’ve done here too.

  3. They try very hard to convince everyone of the contrary and it seems they’re doing a good job of it, sadly we only realize whats poisoning us when it’s generally too late and we are seriously poisoned and suffering dearly from
    Toxic Injuries : (

    Thank God for those generous souls like yourself who spend their very limited time and strength arousing awareness and offering true help in keeping us all so well informed! : ) ♡♡♡

    • Sadly, even with so many people having adverse effects, they aren’t finding out the info they need… Parents are not being informed that they need to avoid these poisons. The doctors are being taught to prescribe and recommend pills and creams and things that make the pharmaceutical industry more profitable, they are not being taught how to diagnose and eliminate environmental causes of illness and functional disability.

      I am worried about future generations. There will be so much unbearable suffering… Shopping will not alleviate it… we are running out of resources to extract and make disposables from. Too many people will be too sick to plant new resources.

      Oy, sorry for that. It is hard to be optimistic at times.

      • It’s hard to be optimistic period when one is suffering an illness with disability that is not truely recognized and you are told there is no treatment or cure for : (

        This is what makes ‘prevention’ such a vital issue! It could save so many lives and so much suffering.

        You can at least feel good about warning others, whether they heed these warnings or not is up to themselves, not much more you can do about it.
        Don’t let it get you down, you do a Great Job supporting us all and keeping us well informed!

        God bless you♡

        • Thanks Therese…

          I’m more or less used to being in this boat (except the setbacks are really hard after improvements) … but I don’t know if I can ever get used to watching so many others, especially children, falling (being pushed) into it due to the structure of the elected and hi-jacked systems that put profits from polluting over the health and well-being of people and planet.

          It feels like every grain of sand I can move in a good direction gets buried under a shovel full of fracked or tarred sands…
          So many billions of dollars can do that…

          I saw a headline the other day from the Guardian ‘It is profitable to let the world go to hell’
          http://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/2015/jan/19/davos-climate-action-democracy-failure-jorgen-randers?CMP=share_btn_link

          “How depressed would you be if you had spent more than 40 years warning of an impending global catastrophe, only to be continually ignored even as you watch the disaster unfolding?”

          (the same can be said for the adverse health effects fossil fuels are causing… Rachel Carson was warning us 55 years ago about pesticides… have ‘we” learned? Seems not. Industry marketing still trumps sanity…)

          I guess if there’s anything hopeful, it’s that a lot of people do become more kind when something devastating happens to them personally…

  4. A recent report from Women’s Voices for the Earth is a great place to get informed about some of the other issues

    “Unpacking the Fragrance Industry: Policy Failures, the Trade Secret Myth and Public Health“

    http://www.womensvoices.org/fragrance-ingredients/report-unpacking-the-fragrance-industry/

  5. Fantastic post, Linda! Well done! x

  6. What happens when the scent is natural? I am allergic to the smell of oranges, get asma when there is cooking or barbecue smoke, eye irritation with the smell of many cooking drugs, such as pepper, cinnamon and other.
    So when the smell or the pollution is natural, even if it can cause serious headaches, damage to your baby etc it can be tollerated?

    • I don’t understand exactly what you are asking Pia. Tolerated by who or in what way?

      If the adverse effects are disabling, then an employer would (in most places, and to a point of undue hardship) have a duty to accommodate your needs and prevent exposures so that you can remain able to do your job and stay employed.

      If you are asking about regulations, an orange doesn’t grow up with the intent to profit from people who may suffer an allergic or other reaction from it. It’s also easy enough to stay away from oranges (limonene is getting harder to avoid though, as it’s been added to a lot of products)… A corporation who adds synthetic (or natural) orange oils or extracts to products knowing that it can harm people, and not putting it on the lablels, is quite another beast.

  7. Some years ago, in a poetic stint and under the influence of a lot of carrots (that literally changed the way I saw the world), I came to recognize that everything’s a drug. For me the most critical aspect of chemical pollution is that ingestion (of these drugs) is involuntary – one can only hold one’s breath so long. To subject others without their consent is the ethical issue – whether or not it’s consciously perceptible, the non-consenting party is forced to participate in the consumption (experiment). This goes against the basic principal of informed consent.

  8. Undoubtedly more problematic. But I would expect you could support the notion that pretty well everything we eat (or breathe, or absorb, or – perhaps – even what we see) impacts our physiology and health – and so is drug-like, at least. I’m not meaning to denigrate the argument for regulation – I agree that what we are dealing with in the fragrance spectrum is considerably more dangerous than most foods (for most people); at any rate I think it’s the involuntary/unknown aspect of the exposures that is precisely WHY the ingredients – and the “right” of others to impose exposures – needs to be regulated. #bandryersheets for a start!

    • I agree that everything affects us all in some way or another, that everything is interconnected, but the effects of are not at all like involuntarily administered drugs or toxic chemicals, which can be like being hit over the head with 2 by 4s, on a daily basis (when people in the neighborhood do laundry with toxic and legal products that they have become addicted to – just look at the GAIN and unstopable type product commercials) and which otherwise render people incapacitated, unable to think clearly or act as needed… all without informed consent… That’s a big difference, not at all in the same category as cosmic philosophy, spiritual truths, or quantum theories…

      Industries should not be allowed to pollute and drug people for profit without informed consent, and if there are people who do not give informed consent, then no-one else should have the right to force harmful substances on them (or us) as the case may be.

  9. Here’s another case of involuntary drugging coming up…
    Remember the FDA’s definition of a drug?

    If the products affect our body, they are drugs, not sanitation materials:

    “Gates’ solution to this problem: Partner with Firmenich, a 120-year-old perfume company, to develop an “anti-poop” scent that masks bad odors in the same way noise-cancelling headphones use wave patterns to block noise.

    Essentially, the perfume acts as a high-tech Febreze, blocking the receptors in your nose that cause you perceive bad odors. The hope is that the spraying the product in latrines will encourage people to use them, since the smell will no longer seem so offensive.”

    http://www.businessinsider.com/bill-gates-sanitation-ultimate-poop-smell-blocker-2016-11

  10. Let me add I am super impressed with this post, and excited to contemplate next steps in compiling the research and building the case (still have to read the womensvoices.org study. Anyway, I am serious about the dryer sheet ban; I no longer walk the dog at “cheap time”. I wonder if they’re already banned in Halifax? Do you know of anywhere it’s happened?

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