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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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