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ARE AIR FRESHENERS BAD FOR YOU?
Date: 15-02-2018

Tatjana Ahmed, Housekeeping Manager, Grand Hyatt Dubai stresses on the importance of using safe fragrance systems.

Pleasant smells are everywhere - in offices, malls, public institutions, spas, restaurants and of course at home. The aim of scenting an area is to deliver a unique and impactful experience to clients and customers. A scent should be affiliated with your brand and create a subtle bond between you and your customer. After all, smell is the most powerful of our senses. The same applies for home fragrances. Scented candles and oil burners deliver a fresh or festive aroma in the home, depending on preference and season.

Unfortunately, sometimes these scents are quite intriguing and unpleasant as they are too strong. Some outlets in shopping malls as well as some hotel lobbies are just too strongly scented - so strong that it appears already to be unpleasant. 

The side effects

So, what about the risk that scented products pose in the form of allergies and migraines? Many manufacturers claim that they only use quality ingredients such as 100% pure essential oils, which are delivered and installed in the safest way possible. But, studies have showed that the increasing use of air fresheners and scented products in public places and private homes are linked to symptoms such as headaches, asthma and allergies.

Researchers in Canada have discovered that there is a link between home fragrances and respiratory issues in children, therefore home makers are encouraged to think twice before using home fragrances. The good news is that manufacturers are increasingly aware of the negative impact of fragrances and people’s sensitivity. As a result, they become better at creating products that are more suitable for environments in which people are exposed to fragrances for a longer period of time.

This means that aerosols that have been manufactured with the latest technology will dispatch particles in a size of 10 microns and in some cases, less than one micron, compared to older technologies in which the particles are the size of 80 microns. Therefore, the fragrance is also lighter and lasts longer as well. The use of potentially harmful ingredients in fragrances is increasingly regulated around the world, which is good news for consumers.

But, one should never underestimate the impact of exposure to fragrance products, especially aerosols. Fragrances should be made out of natural products and gradually released in to the air over a period of 30 days or so. This would mean there is just a save and pleasantly smelling environment. Customers expect pleasant smelling environments - but it is of utmost importance to ensure that the right balance is maintained. It is advisable to use a professional company to guide and advise the consumers on the right fragrance to use and how to dispatch the fragrance to the area in need.

 

 
 
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