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Friday, December 19, 2008

Scents for Cents

UPDATE: Related articles
Fresh scents may hide toxic secret
Fresh, clean air does not come in a can
Pet Health
I have a friend whose house used to be full of those scent sprayers plugged into every wall outlet in her house. This made it almost impossible for me to ever visit her.

As she was always complaining of headache I mentioned that she could try using pure essential oils in a spray bottle and it would work better and be healthier, as well as save her a lot of money.

After the switch she told me about all the headaches cleared up and how much better she felt.

It isn't just that these products contain endocrine disrupting chemicals, they are also replete with formaldehyde and petroleum distillates. All of these chemicals do impact your health, just like Lysol.

Their impact on pet health is at issue as well.

Dollars and Scents
By Kiera Butler

A breezy history of the air freshener.
Mother Jone November/December 2008 Issue

1930s - Lysol is America's most popular contraceptive. Really.

1952 - Little Trees first hung on rearview mirrors.

1956 - Glade introduces the air freshener spray can.

1974 - Glade solid scent sticks hit shelves.

1989 - Plug-in air fresheners exude ambience 24-7.

1994 - Man sprays Prince Charles with a can of air freshener.

1997 - US air freshener sales reach $239 million.

2002 - Renuzit unveils the Super Odor Neutralizer.

2004 - Air Wick releases Relaxation and Revitalization scents. Febreeze launches Scentstories "scent-themed" discs. Sample: Exploring a Mountain Trail.

2006 - Glade presents the Scented Oil Light Show—designed for girls 8 to 12.

2007 - Enviro group finds hormone-disrupting chemicals in "all-natural" air fresheners, asks EPA for further testing. SC Johnson sues Dial for stealing its three-scents-in-one idea.

2008 - US air freshener market hits $2.3 billion—not including scented candles

and from TIME

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