Survey of Chemical Substances in Consumer Products, 92, 2008

Survey and health assessment of chemical substances in essential oils and fragrance oils


The focus of this investigation has been on the use of essential oils and fragrance oils for dispersion of fragrances in the home by use of candle diffusers and electrical fan diffusers. Data on chemical substances were received from producers and chemicals analyses performed to get information on the content of some fragrance allergens. The results of the investigation do not indicate any health risks by occasional use of aromatic oils, subject to the fact that only a limited number of substances have been assessed. On the other hand, based of the results of the investigation it cannot be rejected that daily use of 5-10 drops of oils in smaller rooms for a prolonged period in the long term may result in airway irritation.

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