Living Fragrance Free

Florida Dance Schedule

  1. Wed - Apr 26 — Gainesville: Irish
  2. Wed - Apr 26 — Tampa: Scandinavian
  3. Fri - Apr 28 — Orange Park: English Country
  4. Sat - Apr 29 — Gainesville: Mayfair Ball
  5. Apr 29-30 — Barberville Spring Frolic!
  6. Sun - Apr 30 — Gainesville: Advanced Contra
  7. Mon - May 1 — Gainesville: English Country
  8. Tue - May 2 — Melbourne: English Country
  9. Tue - May 2 — Venice Area: English Country
  10. Tue - May 2 — Lake Worth: Irish Céilí
  11. Tue - May 2 — Fort Walton: Contra
  12. Wed - May 3 — Gainesville: Irish
  13. Wed - May 3 — Tampa: Scandinavian
  14. Fri - May 5 — Pinellas Park: Contra
  15. Fri - Mar 5 — Melrose:
  16. Fri - May 5 — Orange Park: English Country
  17. Sat - May 6 — Cocoa Beach: Contra
  18. Sat - May 6 — Boca Raton: Contra
  19. Sun - May 7 — Gainesville: Contra
  20. Mon - May 8 — Gainesville: English Country
  21. Tue - May 9 — Melbourne: English Country
  22. Tue - May 9 — Venice Area: English Country
  23. Tue - May 9 — Lake Worth: Irish Céilí
  24. Tue - May 9 — Fort Walton: Contra
  25. Wed - May 10 — Tampa: Scandinavian
  26. Wed - May 10 — Gainesville: Irish
  27. Fri - May 12 — Melbourne: Contra
  28. Fri - May 12 — Orange Park: English Country
  29. Fri - May 12 — Melrose: Contra
  30. Fri - May 12 — Tallahassee: Contra
  31. Sat - May 13 — Pinellas Park: Contra
  32. Sat - May 13 —Davie: Contra
  33. Sun - May 14 — DeLand: English Country
  34. Mon - May 15 — Gainesville: English Country
  35. Tue - May 16 — Melbourne: English Country
  36. Tue - May 16 — Venice Area: English Country
  37. Tue - May 16 — Lake Worth: Irish Céilí
  38. Tue - May 16 — Fort Walton: Contra
  39. Wed - May 17 — Gainesville: Irish
  40. Wed - May 17 — Tampa: Scandinavian
  41. Fri - May 19 — Jacksonville: Contra
  42. Fri - May 19 — Sarasota: Contra
  43. Sat - May 20 — Gainesville: Contra
  44. Sun - May 21 — Boca Raton: Contra
  45. Mon - May 22 — Gainesville: English Country
  46. Tue - May 23 — Melbourne: English Country
  47. Tue - May 23 — Venice Area: English Country
  48. Tue - May 23 — Lake Worth: Irish Céilí
  49. Tue - May 23 — Fort Walton: Contra
  50. Wed - May 24 — Gainesville: Irish
  51. Wed - May 24 — Tampa: Scandinavian
  52. Fri - May 26 — Orange Park: English Country
  53. May 26-28 — Florida Folk Festival
  54. Sat - May 27 — Pinellas Park: Contra
  55. Sun - May 28 — Coconut Grove: Contra
  56. Mon - May 29 — Gainesville: English Country
  57. Tue - May 30 — Melbourne: English Country
  58. Tue - May 30 — Venice Area: English Country
  59. Tue - May 30 — Lake Worth: Irish Céilí
  60. Tue - May 30 — Fort Walton: Contra
  61. Wed - May 31 — Gainesville: Irish
  62. Wed - May 31 — Tampa: Scandinavian

Living Fragrance Free

A significant and growing number of people suffer from sensitivity to solvents, coal tar and petroleum products including perfume and fragrance. These chemicals act not only as respiratory irritants, but also as cardiac stimulants (sky rocketing blood pressure, palpitations) and neurotoxins (symptoms include tremors, mental confusion, equilibrium loss, blurred vision). Exposure to small amounts of these chemicals can cause symptoms. This is not a preference issue - it is a serious health issue. Chemical sensitivity results from long term exposure to solvents and products in doses thought to be safe: this could happen to any one of us. I was over 40 when the symptoms first occurred.

Because a dance hall is an enclosed spaces, even small amounts of fragrance, scented or toxic products on a few people can add up quickly to intolerable amounts. The motion and heat of dancing increases the dispersion and effect. Even when I cannot smell the fragrance at the dance, it clings to clothing. I notice it when I remove my t-shirt. Our fellow dancers with chemical sensitivities can attend only if we all work together to reduce the amount of toxic chemicals. I frequently have to leave dances because of excessive fragrance. Fragrance-free soap, laundry detergent, shampoo, conditioner and skin lotion should be used.

This is my selection of products for living as near to fragrance-free as possible. If you have additional products, email them to the webmaster.

   Hand and bath soap - Dove and Ivory have acceptable fragrance free soaps. Basis fragrance free is better but not readily available.
   Body Wash and Shampoo - Atsko Body Wash and Shampoo is excellent. It was developed to remove fragrances and chemicals left by other products.
   Shampoo and conditioner - I need a dandruff shampoo, so I use Head and Shoulders or Pert (both scented) followed by Earth Sciences shampoo, Atsko shampoo, and Earth Sciences conditioner.
   Hair Spray - Magick Botanicals has a fragrance free hair spray along with a wide variety of fragrance free products.
   Shaving - Aveeno shaving gel and skin lotion.
   Bath oil - Kiss My Face (herbal scent) but I never have a problem.
   Deodorant - Kiss My Face, Le Stick or Earth Sciences Liken Plant.
   Laundry detergent - Fragrance free All, Cheer and Seventh Generation are acceptable but I prefer Atsko Sensi-Clean.
   Dish washing - Seventh Generation, sink and washer.
   Unscented Products distributes a variety of fragrance free products.

   Nasal spray - Frequent use of a saline (non-mediacted) nasal spray helps.
   Medication - Butabital helps some for neurotoxins symptoms.

   Fragrance - If you must wear a fragrance, use an essential oil with a very delicate pure herbal or floral scent.

The "Ban Perfume" image is available as a button. Email webmaster if you would like one (or more is you are willing to distribute them at your dances).

Here are a few links to other Fragrance Free sites.

Avoid fragrances and perfumes. Not cool.

Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety

Fragrance-Free Encounters

A FRAGRANCE-SAFE CAMP



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