No one likes to visit a smelly house. I’d be mortified if a guest pointed out an odor at my home or workplace.
Modern problems require modern solutions, and Bath & Body Works provides one solution. That solution is air fresheners, termed Wallflowers by Bath & Body Works.
Scented products have become extremely popular; I’m sure you use some yourself. Bath & Body Works has capitalized on this trend; they have a market value of roughly $17B in 2021.
But what about the Bath & Body Works Wallflower? Is it safe to use, or is it toxic to humans and pets?
|Human Adults||Safe in moderation|
|Dogs||May be unsafe|
|Birds||May be unsafe|
What is Actually in a Bath & Body Works Wallflower?
Wallflowers are plug-in air fresheners that come in two parts. The diffuser (called a Wallflowers plug); and the refill, which contains the scent.
I quite like the different designs the plugs come in; some are really cute! However, the problem is in the refill.
The company says that Wallflower Refills contain fruit, flower, and tree essences. They also advertise essential oils in the product.
Sounds great, but the refills also contain many other chemicals.
The National Resources Defense Council did a study on air fresheners in 2007. They found that 86% of air fresheners from various brands contained hazardous chemicals. Even products advertised as “all-natural” contained these chemicals.
These chemicals are called phthalates (pronounced thal-ates)—and they can be harmful.
But do Bath & Body Works Wallflowers contain phthalates?
Unfortunately, I don’t have a conclusive answer. The official ingredients do not mention phthalates.
But, the list may not contain all ingredients. Bath & Body Works Wallflowers was not one of the products listed by the NRDC as having phthalates in them.
Are Bath & Body Works Wallflowers Toxic To Humans?
I found quite a few complaints about Wallflowers giving problems to users. One reviewer became nauseous from using Wallflowers in their room. The Wallflower left a lingering smell on everything in the room.
Another blog post showed some minor damage done to some furnishing. The company advises keeping Wallflowers 12 inches away from any surfaces.
I also found a safety data sheet on the company’s website. The liquid itself can cause skin irritation, so do not touch it without gloves if it gets out.
Unless you find yourself allergic, using Wallflowers casually seems to be perfectly alright. Many users have reported only positive results from using Wallflowers.
Are Bath & Body Works Wallflowers Toxic to Babies?
Everyone should be extra careful with babies. Did you know that babies begin to use their sense of smell while only 10 weeks in the womb? Newborn babies have a particularly sensitive sense of smell.
Any strong smells at all may interfere with their feeding.
Infants and children have tender lungs because their bodies are still developing. Wallflowers and most scented products work by projecting tiny particles in the air.
If those particles get into a child’s lungs, it can be harmful to them.
Do Bath & Body Works Wallflowers Cause Allergies?
Obviously, asthma patients should not use Wallflowers or any scented product. Allergy-prone people should also be wary.
The vapors released will aggravate any existing problems, so be cautious.
Some people have reported a runny nose, watery eyes, or itchy skin after using Wallflowers.
Are BBW Wallflowers Toxic to Animals?
Animals generally have a much better sense of smell than humans do. This means they are even more sensitive to odors and harmful vapors than us.
Ingesting the liquid refills is even more dangerous to them.
Air fresheners use Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) to disperse fragrances into the air. Many studies show that VOCs can cause many adverse health effects to both animals and humans.
Some VOCs can even cause cancer in animals and are suspected of causing cancer in humans.
Are Bath & Body Works Wallflowers Toxic For Cats?
All the scientific sources I read said that cats are sensitive to unnatural smells.
Here’s a quote from Dr. Patrick Mahaney on petmd.com:
“Cats have had an increase in feline asthma as a result of living in households where there are air fresheners, incense and cigarette smoke—or even just the aroma of cleaning products.”
Essential oils are also harmful to cats. The oils will harm a cat’s liver.
As Wallflowers contain essential oils, I would keep my cat from smelling or touching them.
Are Bath & Body Works Wallflowers Toxic For Dogs?
Dogs do not have a specific problem with air fresheners like cats, but they are still sensitive to smells. I have seen complaints that dogs started to have allergies after turning on a Wallflower.
Others said that their dog started itching or developed feeding problems.
This is not the case with all dog owners, though. If you want to use Bath & Body Works Wallflowers, then keep a close eye on your dog.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Do Bath & Body Works Wallflowers contain toxic chemicals?
Most air fresheners contain Volatile Organic Compounds to disperse fragrance in the air.
VOCs remain in the air long after the fragrance is gone and are toxic if inhaled.
Is it safe to use Bath & Body Works Wallflowers?
If you have no existing allergies or asthma problems, it is probably safe to use them in moderation.
Is it safe to use Bath & Body Works Wallflowers with babies?
It is better to not use any artificial air fresheners in the same house as a baby. Babies’ lungs are sensitive, so precautions are necessary.
Is it safe to use Bath & Body Works Wallflowers with pets?
Wallflowers can cause problems for felines. Other animals may vary, but birds especially are sensitive to air borne particles. All animals will be harmed if they ingest the refill liquid. Aquatic animals will be harmed if the liquid falls into their water.
I like air freshener products in moderation. Smell is a sense which is firmly attached to memories.
A whiff of mom’s cooking can bring all kinds of childhood nostalgia.
Air fresheners do not solve the problem of bad odors; they only mask them. The best way to solve foul odors in your home is with proper ventilation and cleaning.
Many people use Bath & Body Works Wallflowers with no adverse effects. If you want to try it out, then go ahead!
I only advise caution; lookout for symptoms like watery eyes, headaches, and allergies that come suddenly. If any of these issues appear suddenly, then turn the Wallflower off.
If you have pets in your house, I would not use any artificial air fresheners.
Our furry friends are much more sensitive to environmental changes than we are. They cannot always communicate their discomfort to changes.
A clean and well-ventilated home will suit you both much better.