It may be you, your wife, your husband, daughter or son with chemical sensitivities. Chemical sensitivities often come later in life but can also come to children. It is the chemicals that produce the fragrances that cause headaches, stuffed head, short of breath, whole body feeling sick which may cause a person to spend her/his Sunday in bed.
These fragrances can come from soaps, shampoos, laundry soap, hair spray, perfumes, men’s cologne, antiperspirant, conditioners, gel, fabric softener, dryer sheets, lotions, body wash, candles, dry cleaning, mothballs, and etc. Many of these items come unscented and can usually be found in major grocery stores. For instance, Aqua Net is usually non-offensive; Tide and All have unscented laundry soap. Fragranced products can be absorbed through the skin, which can be harmful to the person using the product.
In an article entitled, "Chemical Sensitivities and other not Readily Apparent Disabilities", the writer (unknown) states that nearly all scented products currently on the market are made largely or entirely of synthetic chemicals, usually derived from petroleum or coal tar. It also states, “Onset of chemical sensitivities often is delayed until later in life, although a person can acquire this disability at any time, since a person’s natural detoxification mechanisms can break down from an overload of toxic chemicals, We all are barraged with such chemicals.”
Mark Stephenson, director of the Christian Reformed Disability Department, states, “Fragranced products can enter the body through the respiratory track, which can be harmful not only to the person using the product, the fetus, but also to others for hours after use.” Please be cognizant of this information when wearing scented products.
Our church's Disability and Worship Committees are concerned about many of our members who are sensitive to fragrances. This year will be an education year about alternate uses for fragranced items so we can learn and grow more sensitive to those whom we encounter.
The last 3 benches on the north side of the main auditorium will be labeled with noticeable Fragrance Free signs. Please respect this area.
We are one family under the authority and love of Christ. Let us consider our brothers and sisters who are sensitive to fragrances. Thank You!