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Sniffing it out: are fragranced products bad for your health?

This article was published by SBS Life in February 2017.

 Flickr/ Joanne Wan   CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Flickr/ Joanne Wan CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

It's good news for health, but bad news for perfume lovers.

Danish researchers looking at how common fragrances affect our perception of air quality have found that even nice smells can distract us or make us less productive at work.

The researchers reviewed hundreds of experiments and reports on four of the most common compounds used in fragrances – α-pinene (pine), eugenol (clove), limonene (citrus) and linalool (orange blossom)– which have been published over the last 30 years.

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