Millions of American women read fashion, beauty and lifestyle magazines each month. But every time we open one, we’re forced to breathe chemicals linked to allergies and hormone disruption, among other health problems, because of fragrance samples embedded within their pages.
A 2010 study by the Environmental Working Group and the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics found that top-selling perfumes contain, on average, 14 different hazardous chemicals that aren’t listed on their labels.
Many of these perfumes contain toxic chemicals like diethyl phthalate, which has been linked to developmental, reproductive, endocrine and immune system problems, as well as allergies and hormone disruption. Typically, perfumes also include paraben preservatives, which have been linked to early onset of puberty in girls. Additionally, artificial fragrances assault the millions of Americans who suffer from allergies, multiple chemical sensitivity, and migraines.
We can choose not to buy toxic perfumes, but we can’t do anything about the perfume samples that scent magazine pages.
I'm calling on the CEOs of Condé Nast, Time Inc, Hearst Magazines and Fairchild Fashion Media to stop poisoning our air and ban fragrance samples from the magazines that they publish.
Will you sign this petition and share it with your friends? Thanks!
Here’s a sample Facebook post:
I just signed the petition to top magazine publishers to stop poisoning our air and ban fragrance samples from magazine pages. Will you join me by signing the petition and sharing with your friends? http://tinyurl.com/poisonperfume THANKS!
Here's a sample tweet:
Sign this petition to ban toxic fragrance samples from magazines! http://tinyurl.com/poisonperfume #banperfumepages PLS RT!
Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff, www.MommyGreenest.com