The Fragranced Products Information Network was started in 1997 as a grassroots effort to provide information and education on the dangers of our highly scented world.   There was limited information readily available on health concerns of the fragrance in scented products. Most of the available information was on skin effects such as irritation and allergy.

During the 1980s the use of fragrance materials to scent products had soared. Perfumes went from special occasion use to daily wear. Functional products such as cleaners and laundry products were heavily scented and advertising campaigns were based on how the product smelled. The sales of fragrance materials and chemicals doubled during the 1980s.

Most personal care and functional products contain added fragrance. When we use soaps, lotions, shampoos, cleaners, detergents, and other commonly used items we are exposed to literally hundreds of chemicals used to scent these products. Exposure is not limited to what is personally used. Fragrance chemicals are volatile and get into the air quickly.  Each time we breath, fragrance from each scented item used by each person enters our lungs..

With increased usage and exposures concerns emerged. There were increased complaints that fragrance triggered asthma, migraines, allergies, and other health effects. Synthetic musk compounds present in most scented products were being found in waters from rivers and streams. The volatile compounds used in fragrance also impacted air quaility.

Concerns were also being raised about flavors and other additives used in foods. Materials used to scent products are often the same as those used to flavor foods.

FPIN's primary purpose is to gather and compile information so that it is readily available and easily accessible. Credible information is necessary to be able to make informed choices. While it is obvious this site promotes the concept that fragrance in products pose serious concerns; links and information on other prospectives are provided as well. This allows visitors to have a broader prospective of the complexity of the issues.

With so much information, much of it overlapping, it has been organized in broad general categories. The user can then access more specific information in each category.  New information is constantly becoming available. Like many other grassroots efforts, money and time is in short supply.  The site is updated when I have a chance to do so.  I hope you find  the site informative, useful, and thought provoking.