At Nu-Scents, we strive to keep you updated with the latest industry information and safety precautions. We have found some important information regarding a chemical you may be using when making candles, soaps, bath, or body products. Please use discretion and utmost care when making handmade items.
Dihydrogen monoxide (DHMO) is colorless, odorless, tasteless, and kills uncounted thousands of people every year. Most of these deaths are caused by accidental inhalation of DHMO, but the dangers of dihydrogen monoxide do not end there. Prolonged exposure to its solid form causes severe tissue damage. Symptoms of DHMO ingestion can include excessive sweating and urination, and possibly bloating, nausea, and vomiting. For those who have become dependent, DHMO withdrawal means certain death.
Due to its widespread use in the candle, soap, bath & body supplies industry, DHMO is involved in many environmental incidents each year. While most are unavoidable given current technology, there can be little doubt that the presence of DHMO in each significantly increases the negative impact on the environment. Dihydrogen monoxide is also known as hydroxl acid, and is the major component of acid rain. It is not believed to be a carcinogen, although it is known to be a component of a number of cancer-causing agents. Dihydrogen monoxide contributes to the greenhouse effect, may cause severe burns, accelerates corrosion of many metals, and has been found in excised tumors of terminal cancer patients.
Quantities of dihydrogen monoxide have been found in almost every stream, lake, and reservoir in America today, but the pollution is global. The contaminant has even been found in Antarctic ice. Despite the danger, dihydrogen monoxide is often used:
Companies dump waste DHMO into rivers and the ocean, and nothing can be done to stop them because this practice is still legal. The American government has refused to ban the production, distribution, or use of this damaging chemical due to its “importance to the economic health of this nation.” In fact, the Navy and other military organizations are conducting experiments with DHMO, and designing multi-billion dollar devices to control and utilize it during warfare situations.
Despite the known dangers, DHMO continues to be used daily throughout the industry. Fortunately, there is much you can do to minimize the dangers of dihydrogen monoxide. Whenever dealing with any product you think may be contaminated with DHMO, evaluate the relative danger and act accordingly. Keep in mind that in many instances, low levels of DHMO contamination are not dangerous and, in fact, are unavoidable. We hope that you find this information helpful. Please be careful about which chemicals and ingredients you use in your candles, soap, bath, and body products. You alone are solely responsible for the research, testing, and quality control of your finished products.