A group of teens in the Bay Area recently protested against perfume pollution. The teens wore surgical masks and gas masks and carried signs expressing their anger towards certain toxic perfume ingredients. The teens stormed into an Abercrombie & Fitch store in San Francisco’s Westfield Mall, in a peaceful yet effective protest. In retaliation of the teens’ efforts, the store closed to all customers. The police were also notified.
“They made us spray the signature scents every 20 minutes like clockwork, so the store always smells,” a former Abercrombie & Fitch employee admitted. Just as extra oxygen is supposedly pumped into casinos, many fragrances are often pumped into millions of stores across the globe in order to maintain an appealing scent. These scents contain toxic chemicals that have been linked to a number of conditions. It is surprising that the constant aroma does not largely decrease profits.
Recent tests conducted by the nonprofit advocacy group Campaign for Safe Cosmetics showed that “Fierce”, a fragrance made by Abercrombie & Fitch, contains 11 chemicals that are not listed on the ingredients label. Some of these unlisted ingredients are sensitizers which can activate common health ailments such as asthma, headaches, and contact dermatitis.
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