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Kate Grenville had always associated perfume with elegance and beauty. Then the headaches started. Like perhaps a quarter of the population, Grenville reacts badly to the artificial fragrances around us: other people’s perfumes and all those scented cosmetics, cleaning products and air fresheners. 

On a book tour in 2015, dogged by ill health, she started wondering: what’s in fragrance? Who tests it for safety? What does it do to people? The more Grenville investigated, the more she felt this was a story that should be told. The chemicals in fragrance can be linked not only to short-term problems like headaches and asthma but to long-term ones like hormone disruption and cancer. Yet products can be released onto the market without testing. They’re regulated only by the same people who make and sell them. And the ingredients don’t even have to be named on the label. 

This audiobook is based on careful research into the science of scent and the power of the fragrance industry. But, as you’d expect from an acclaimed novelist, it’s also accessible and personal. The Case Against Fragrance will make you see - and smell - the world differently.

©2018 Kate Grenville (P)2018 Audible, Ltd

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Very Enlightening

This book came at the perfect time for me. I am one with scent sensitivity and deal with it in the workplace. I would enjoy reading this for a book club, it would invoke much discussion and debate. It will take you on a scent journey. Kate Grenville did a great job researching!

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Oh my goodness!

I didn’t know what to expect when I first picked up this book, but the information I gained by reading cover to cover has changed my life (and hopefully those around me).
It doesn’t matter what walk of life you come from, you will benefit from this book. You will be more aware of the air we breathe, things we touch and the people with whom we share our company.

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  • Caro
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Get it

Buy it, get one for your friends and everyone else and we'll have a happier, healthier world. Really good book, interesting, well-researched and well-narrated. I've bought it as a book and also as an audio book and when I'm feeling horribly ill from someone's deodorant or perfume, at least I know I'm not the only one. Hopefully, now the word is out we can all become more aware of the effect that fragrance has on us and on other people nearby. Get it.

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