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Why You Need to Ditch Dryer Sheets.

Posted April 9th, 2013


April 5, 2013

Alexandra Scranton

Mmm, the fresh scent of laundry that’s been dried with dryer sheets.

Wait a minute—how do dryer sheets do that?

Unfortunately, dryer sheets can contain some harmful chemicals—including hidden fragrance chemicals that lots of people are sensitive to—that vent off into the air we breath and rub off on our clothes and then onto our skin. Yikes! And the kicker is that dryer sheets aren’t even necessary to our laundry—so they’re just an extra source of exposure to toxic chemicals.

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Secret Scents: Hidden Chemicals in Fragrance

Posted March 22nd, 2013

Huffington Post

Alexandra Scranton

March 19, 2013

Have you ever used a scented product that resulted in itchy, red, or blotchy skin? Or have you had a rash that’s hard to predict or control that you suspect might be caused by products in your home? If so, you are not alone. Millions of people in the U.S. have been sensitized to ingredients in fragrance, making them predisposed to allergic reactions like contact dermatitis. In fact, “fragrance allergy” is one of the most common diagnoses among dermatology patients.

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Scents and Sensitivity.

Posted March 12th, 2013

Huffington Post

March 8, 2013

Molly Rauch

Before Heather Collins enrolled her five-year-old daughter, Sophie, in ballet classes at the local recreation center in Boulder, Colorado, she went to the ballet studio to sniff around. Literally.

That’s because Sophie is one of an estimated 2 percent to 11 percent of Americans with fragrance allergy. For some, the symptoms of a fragrance allergy involve skin irritation. For Sophie, the symptoms are a little more serious. An encounter with perfumes, a laundry vent wafting scented detergent, most cleaning products, or air fresheners, not to mention shampoos, moisturizers, or sunscreens, can send her to the emergency room with respiratory problems.

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Fragrance Chemicals Toxic to Many

Posted February 22nd, 2013

United Press International

February 21, 2013

Allergic reaction and sensitivity to fragrance chemicals in cleaning and personal care products affects millions, a U.S. women’s health advocacy group says.

The report, “Secret Scents: How Hidden Fragrance Allergens Harm Public Health,” by Women’s Voices for the Earth found fragrance in household and personal care products was one of the most frequently identified allergens.

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Toxin-Free Cosmetics Expand Market-Share.

Posted February 19th, 2013

Women’s E-News

February 7, 2013

Molly M. Ginty

Toxic chemicals have been removed from some makeup, but the ugly truth is that these ingredients persist after a decade of controversy. The good news is that consumer resources are coming to the rescue. If these words sound magical, to women’s health advocates, they are: the names of cosmetics that are specially brewed to be free of harmful chemicals.

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Tide Now “Free & Clear” of Cancer-Causers.

Posted January 30th, 2013


January 30, 2013

Emily Main

Tide has announced that it will be removing a chemical called 1,4-dioxane from its Free & Gentle laundry detergents, a decision spurred in part by pressure from advocacy groups and in part from a California Supreme Court decision.

Two years ago, the nonprofit Women’s Voices for the Earth (WVE) published results of its own testing, which revealed that Tide Free & Gentle contained 89 parts per million (ppm) of the cancerous contaminant, while Tide’s regular formulation contained 63 ppm.

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Procter & Gamble Must Scrub Carcinogen Dioxane From Tide.

Posted January 29th, 2013

Environmental News Service

January 25, 2013

Procter & Gamble, makers of Tide and Tide Free & Gentle detergents, has agreed in a California court to reduce the levels of the chemical 1,4 dioxane in its laundry products.

The Oakland-based nonprofit organization As You Sow filed a lawsuit against Procter & Gamble for high levels of 1,4 dioxane in their detergents without a warning label in violation of Proposition 65, the California law governing toxic chemical exposure in consumer products.

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Procter & Gamble reducing probable carcinogen in Tide.

Posted January 29th, 2013

Business Journal

January 27, 2013

James Ritchie

Procter & Gamble Co. will alter its Tide formulation to lower the amount of contamination with a potentially cancer-causing chemical, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reported.

The compound in question is 1,4 dioxane. P&G said in this Forbes article the chemical “comes in as a trace contaminant or a byproduct developed in the process of making these products.”

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Tide: Getting stains – and the carcinogen – out.

Posted January 29th, 2013


January 25, 2013

Sandy Bauers

After pressure from an environmental group, a 78,000-signature petition and a court suit, Proctor & Gamble, which makes Tide and Tide Free & Gentle detergents, has agreed in a California court to significantly reduce the levels of the chemical 1,4 dioxane in its laundry products.

The substance is classified as a carcinogen under California’s “Proposition 65,” an initiative that requires the state to maintain a list of chemicals that cause cancer or birth defects. 1,4 dioxane was listed in 1988.

Women’s Voices for the Earth, a women’s environmental health advocacy group and one of the groups demanding that P&G remove the chemical, called the agreement a public health victory.

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Join Us in the Fight to Protect Salon Workers!

Posted January 15th, 2013

Pretty Toxic blog

January 15, 2013

Dawn Marino

It has been brought to our attention here at Pretty Toxic that a recent issue of American Salon Magazine features the Brazilian Blowout Acai Professional Smoothing Solution as a 2012 Professional Choice Winner.

Readers weighed in and the results were published during the fall, as well as on the Brazilian Blowout Company’s site. January’s issue has a full-page advertisement dedicated to the product, labeling it as a 2012 Professional Choice Winner.

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