Teens Decry "Sperm-Killing" Perfume at Abercrombie & Fitch

By Matt Baume
|  Thursday, Sep 30, 2010  |  Updated 1:37 PM PDT
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Heading into an Abercrombie & Fitch store can become a fragrant experience.

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What's the link between the sexy atmosphere at Abercrombie & Fitch and millions upon millions of dead sperm?

According to a dozen teenage protesters at a downtown retail outlet, it's all about the fragrance. Dispatched from Marin by an organization called Teens Turning Green, the protesters decried the company's practice of pumping perfumes into the air at its stores and to passers-by near the doors.

For a few minutes, the teens marched around the store, chanting about toxic fumes. Store security responded quickly, calling police and throwing everyone out -- even customers.

The protesters called for an end to the application of fragrances in the store, or at least post warning signs.

Airborne chemicals are indeed a concern, particularly to those with chemical sensitivities. The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, which spearheads protests such as these, recently released a report claiming that the A&F fragrance "Fierce" contains 11 chemicals not disclosed on the label. Those chemicals included one that has been shown in some small studies to alter DNA in sperm. There's no scientific consensus yet on the chemical's safety.

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