"The fragrances used in many household and skincare products can cause contact allergy when exposed to oxygen in the air, reveals research from the University of Gothenburg's Faculty of Science in conjunction with the University of Gothenburg to be presented at the dermatologist conference in Gothenburg.The researchers studied how these substances can be activated through contact with oxygen in the air, and how this, in turn, can affect the skin." says Sciencedaily (where you can read the full story).
So, if substances are activated through contact with oxygen, does it mean that almost everything used in a perfume can be a "nasty beast" and the best solution is not to use perfume or to live in a nitrogen atmosphere?
How will this affect the new legislation? Will we step from the "it cause an allergy" era to "it might cause an allergy if it reacts with oxygen" era? Could we imagine a world with more absurd regulations imposed on fragrances?
In the light of this study, several other questions appear concerning the previous tests and regulations that finally lead to the "cultural genocide" of classic perfumes. Maybe the only solution is to use fragrance as it was done 1500 years ago in the Tang dinasty and not like in the Gupta empire. Not directly on skin. Coincidentally, the new launches (2009-2010) are so badly formulated and maybe even very diluted that the fragrances last very little on the skin. Somehow it's more effective to scent the clothes with the last Artisan Parfumeur creations that wearing the pale vetiver.
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