Living Fragrance Free

Florida Dance Schedule

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

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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