When attending English country dances in Oak Park, please refrain as much as possible from wearing or using products that contain synthetic fragrances. These include perfumes and colognes, scented personal products like lotion, deodorant, soap, shampoo, and conditioner, and scented laundry detergent and fabric softener.
Unscented commercial products, as well as products that use only essential oils for fragrance, are usually well tolerated. At the dance venue, we will provide fragrance-free hand soap and hand sanitizer.
Increasing numbers of people are developing allergies and sensitivities to a variety of chemical ingredients used in commercially-produced fragrances. Such fragrances are found in a wide range of household and personal products. Since we do not ingest these fragrances, their ingredients are not regulated by the FDA. However, we do bring them into our systems by skin contact and by breathing them in, and many of these ingredients are toxic to all humans. Even if you do not notice any symptoms, these toxins are harmful to you, and long-term exposure may cause you to develop severe chemical sensitivities. In sensitive individuals, the toxic chemicals may act as respiratory irritants, cardiac stimulants, or neurotoxins, and the resulting symptoms range from uncomfortable to life-threatening.
Thank you for your help in keeping the dance environment healthful for everyone!