Report on Perfume

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Long report on:- Chemical in Perfumes

Submitted to:- Miss Ramsiz T.Shah

Submitting date:- April 14, 2009

Group members

Ali Asghar Larik 6507

Nabeel Aftab 6661

Muhammad Sajjad Tariq 6686

Muhammad Arsalan Hashmi 6691

Table Of Contents:-

Executive Summary................................................................................................. 3

Introduction...............................................................................................3

Findings and discussion

I CHEMICALS IN PERFUMES:HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERN ................................................................................................4

II ANALYSIS OF PERFUMES............................................................................................. 5

III THE LIMITS OF EXISTING LEGISLATION...........................................................................................6

IV ACCEPT THE RISKS OR TAKE PRECAUTIONS?..................................................................................... 6

Conclusion............................................................................................. 7

References............................................................................................. 7

Executive Summary
The goal of this investigation was to quantify the use of two groups of chemicals ' phthalates and synthetic musks ' in a random selection of perfume brands. Greenpeace commissioned a laboratory to test 36 brands of eau de toilette and eau de parfum for levels of the two chemical groups.The results confirm that some synthetic musks, most notably the polycyclic musks galaxolide (HHCB) and tonalide (AHTN), and some phthalates, especially diethyl phthalate (DEP), are widely used by the perfume industry.This suggests that regular use of perfumes could substantially contribute to individuals’ daily exposure to these chemicals, some of which have already been recorded as contaminants in blood and breast milk. Furthermore, there is increasing evidence of potential endocrine-disrupting properties for certain musk compounds. In this context, these results reinforce the need for legislation that will drive the replacement of hazardous substances with safer alternatives.The current development of new EU legislation on the manufacture and use of chemicals, known as REACH (Registration, Evaluation and Authorisation of Chemicals), provides the opportunity to set out requirements for such substitution as a vital contribution to protecting the public from exposure to hazardous chemicals.

Introduction
The widespread use of hazardous chemicals, combined with lack of adequate information and government control, has brought us to the chemical crisis we face today. In so many aspects of our daily lives, we use and release into the environment, often inadvertently, a wide range of chemicals.The hazards posed by the majority of these substances have never been properly assessed. At the same time, current legislation fails to control exposure even to chemicals that are known to possess hazardous properties, irrespective of whether safer alternatives already exist. As a consequence, from remote, inaccessible regions of the globe to the domestic environment, we find increasing evidence of chemical contamination.

CHEMICALS IN PERFUMES:
A HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERN
Two groups of hazardous or potentially hazardous chemicals commonly used in perfumes and other personal care products are phthalate esters, commonly known as phthalates, and synthetic (artificial or man-made) musks. As a consequence of the extensive and high-volume use of these chemicals in products, they have become widely distributed through both the natural and the urban environment.The ubiquitous presence of synthetic musks and phthalates in the environment and in consumer products, many of which are very slow to break down, results in...
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