Are fragrances safe for use around children?
When used as directed, the ambient scent or aroma effect from the Aera diffuser is safe for continuous inhalation. The Monell Chemical Senses Center in Philadelphia, USA just reported the results of a 3-year human trial to answer the question, “Does exposure to continuous indoor fragrance result in an acute impact on health?” The answer is NO. The trial was done with a Prolitec commercial device using the same technology as Aera. (For more information see Sections 8 and 16 of the Safety Data Sheet for the fragrance or essential oil.)
Is it safe for pets?
Concerns have been raised that essential oils (also known as naturals) may be harmful to pets. While these claims have not been proven, as pet owners we take the assertion seriously. The ultra-low trace quantity in the ambient air should not be harmful to pets. If there is concern, a veterinarian should be consulted.
You might also be interested in this link to an article the ASPCA wrote about pets and essential oil diffusers:
Directions for proper use:
Aera creates a hypoallergenic ambient scent effect using only trace quantities of fragrance oil in the air. However, concentrations are much higher within 12 inches of the fragrance oil output hole on the capsule during operation.
Keep noses of all kinds at least 12 inches away from the diffuser when in operation.
Always keep out of reach of pets and children.
Use only as directed.
What do you mean by hypoallergenic?
The word hypoallergenic is responsibly used in situations where a considerable effort has been made to minimize the chance of allergic reaction. The high-tech Aera device creates a hypoallergenic scent effect with a ratio less than 10ppm (parts per million) between fragrance molecules and air molecules. This is well below the airborne concentration threshold that might trigger a physiological allergic response.
Is Aera eco-friendly?
Yes, Aera is the most eco-friendly air freshener on the market. Unlike aerosols, Aera uses no propellants and produces no harmful volatile organic compounds, or VOCs (volatile organic compounds). Unlike many air fresheners, Aera uses no ethanol or similar solvents to enhance the evaporation of fragrance chemicals. Aera’s signature fragrances also opt for safe synthetics whenever natural ingredients cannot be sustainably sourced, protecting endangered species like sandalwood and avoiding the harvesting of wildlife.
Regarding the safety of air-fresheners…
Prolitec commercial fragrances used for public space ambient scenting and Aera home
fragrances are formulated with human health and ecological restrictions. All fragrances can
only contain ingredients approved by IFRA (International Fragrance Association) and compliant
with the safety standards for continuous inhalation 8 hours a day; 7 days a week for a natural
lifetime. These safety standards are established by regulatory authorities in most countries. In
the U.S. the standards are set by the U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Health and Safety
and Health Administration Sub Part Z and the State of California Proposition 65 – Safe Drinking
Water and Toxic Enforcement Act administered by the Office of Environmental Health Hazard
Admiration (OEHHA). Proposition 65 requires the state to maintain and update a list of
chemicals known to the state to cause cancer or reproductive toxicity. In general, Prolitec does
not use ingredients on the Proposition 65 list. If there is any use, it is strictly limited to the
maximum safe quantity specified by OEHHA.
How should I clean spilled fragrance?
Aera's signature fragrance oils are extremely concentrated and should be cleaned immediately. Wash the surface spilled upon with soap and water. If rubbing alcohol will not further damage the surface where the fragrance leaked, it is a good solvent for removing fragrance from surfaces (or your hands). Be careful not to get alcohol in your eyes.
Do Aera fragrances contain Lilial?
Lilial is a common fragrance ingredient that has a nice floral scent. It was recently restricted in the EU from use in skin-contact cosmetics. It is not restricted and there is no known health risk associated with the use of Lilial in air care applications like Aera. That said, in March 2021, we proactively started a program to replace Lilial with other ingredients by the end of 2022.
Do Aera fragrances contain Galaxolide?
The fragrance ingredient Galaxolide, a synthetic musk widely used in commercial fragrance products, has come under evaluation by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) as part of their Community Rolling Action Plan (CoRAP). This means that Galaxolide will be evaluated by ECHA for suspected environmental and human health impact. Galaxolide is present in only a few Aera fragrances. Where it is present, the average concentration is less than 1%.
Even though the evaluation has not begun and the results may not be known for months or years, we have started a program to discontinue the use of Galaxolide in existing and new Aera fragrances.