Sharing: A Petition to Women’s Magazines

Since making the switch to natural cosmetics, I’ve realized that I’ve become very sensitive to synthetic fragrances. My working theory is that my new sensitivity is related to the fact that my body has gradually begun to detox from all of those synthetic chemicals and fragrances that had built up in my body after years of daily use—which I think is a good thing. But it also means that I have a hard time walking past a smelly store or standing in an elevator with a perfume-laden person without developing a coughing fit.

Sadly, the same thing happens when I flip through the pages of some magazines—those perfume samples can make my eyes water and my throat feel like it’s closing right up. Which is a problem, since as a magazine editor, I flip through magazines all the time for research and inspiration. (Note: I do still wear perfume on occasion—I just stick with the natural and organic versions!)

Yesterday, Paige Wolf pinned a link to a petition on and I knew I had to share it with you. It’s a petition to the CEOs of several magazine companies to ban fragrance samples from the magazines they publish. While I understand why these publishing companies choose to include fragrance samples in their magazines, I wholeheartedly (and respectfully) support this goal, and I have signed the petition.

However, I can also see a potential compromise here: if fragrance samples are that essential to these magazines, perhaps there is a better way to package them so that those of us who want to avoid them can do so?

Do perfume samples bother you, too? Click here to view and sign the petition. I hope if you choose to sign, you’ll leave me a comment and let me know! —Aleigh

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5 Comments on Sharing: A Petition to Women’s Magazines

  1. Rachael said on

    Signed! I hate being accosted by smells when I open a magazine, and going through and ripping out all the samples is the first thing I do whenever I get one.

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    • indigo+canary said on

      Yay! Thanks for signing the petition. —Aleigh

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  2. Megan said on

    I feel the exact same way as you! They used to give me a headache after being around them for too long, but NOW they make my throat heart, go red, and give me a headache within like 5 minutes of being around them. Heading to sign that petition right now!

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    • indigo+canary said on

      Hate that we both have this problem, but I have to say I’m glad I’m not the only one! 🙂 Thanks for signing the petition. —Aleigh

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  3. Amanda said on

    To receive magazines in the mail without the fragrance samples, all you have to do is change your subscription settings online. A large number of people are similarly affected by the samples, so companies have created that option. All samples should not be banned for people who enjoy trying the seasons new scents!

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