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EHN: Age, Cosmetics Use Related to Synthetic Musk Chemicals in Blood
August 19, 2009, 2:33 pm
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Aug 19, 2009

Hutter, HP, P Wallner, H Moshammer, W Hartl, R Sattelberger, G Lorbeer and M Kundi. 2009. Synthetic musks in blood of healthy young adults: Relationship to cosmetics use. Science of the Total Environment 407:4821-4825.
Synopsis by Karen Kidd

Younger people with higher use of personal care products, such as lotions and perfumes, had the highest measured levels of some synthetic fragrances in their bodies.

The more perfumes and body lotions that are used, the higher the levels of synthetic fragrances – called polycyclic musks – that are in the blood, reports a new study that examined college students from Austria.

Levels of another group of the artificial musk fragrances found in personal care products – called nitromusks – appear to be declining in the Europeans since their ban in some countries in the 1990s.

The polycyclic musks were found at about 70 times higher levels in the students than the nitromusks. A younger age and use of lotions and perfumes were predictive of the polycyclic musk levels.

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