We take Enliven’s chemical-free environment seriously–and you do, too
Multiple Chemical Sensitivities can develop in different ways. The most common perception of chemical sensitivity is for someone to have had a single, life threatening exposure to a single chemical and become sensitive to it. However, the increase in people reporting sensitivity also seems tied to the plethora of chemical exposures in everyday life. Very few studies have been done on individual chemicals re: their safety to the consumer, overall: even fewer studies have been done on the effect of multiple exposures to multiple chemicals on a daily basis.
A study published by National Institutes of Health (NIH) states:
The volume of chemicals in commerce increased a great deal during the 20th century… In just the 25 years between 1970 and 1995, the volume of synthetic organic chemicals produced tripled, from about 50 million tons to approximately 150 million tons. And today it is much more…The other thing that has changed is the diversity of use of chemicals, especially in consumer products and building materials, with manufactured substances replacing natural materials. One estimate is that chemicals are used in 96 percent of manufactured materials and products.*
Another study published by NIH concluded:
(The) Prevalence of diagnosed MCS has increased over 300%, and self-reported chemical sensitivity over 200%, in the past decade. Reducing exposure to fragranced products could help reduce adverse health and societal effects.**
Our bodies are complex, and there is increasing evidence that many can’t tolerate the plethora of exposures we have on a daily basis. Genetics may play a part, but the reason why some react while others don’t is still not clearly understood.
To make it even more complicated, sensitivities differ; products that work for one person may not work for another, which can make navigating life just a teeny-tiny bit difficult. Sometimes life-threateningly difficult.
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard someone say they are the most sensitive person on the planet, so if something works for them it won’t be a problem for anyone else. Please believe me when I tell you that is patently untrue.
Bottom line: is not enough for Enliven to provide a clean, healthy environment that promotes health. Our guests, too, have a responsibility to keep Enliven’s environment healthy for all. Please respect our policies and refrain from bringing anything into Enliven that has a scent of any kind.
The pages in this section contain helpful info re: what it takes to stay at Enliven, what it looks like to live fragrance-free, information about chemical sensitivities and yet another opportunity to share our policies.
If you have questions regarding sensitivities, product safety or our policies, please contact us!
*The Challenges of Chemicals in Today’s Society https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK268889/
**National Prevalence and Effects of Multiple Chemical Sensitivities https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5865484/
You never buy anything anymore because you love the way it makes you smell.
You are aware of the health dangers of fragranced products, which are known to be neurotoxic, carcinogenic and endocrine disruptors.
You look for products with the fewest ingredients possible.
You don’t use “unscented” products because you know they often contain masking fragrance, which contains chemicals that can also be bad for you.
You are extremely careful when choosing naturally scented products because you know even natural scents can cause harm since essential oils are often chemically extracted. You also understand that anything that has a scent that lingers for longer than an hour isn’t likely as natural as they want you to believe.
All of your hair care, body care, makeup, deodorants, shaving products and styling products are fragrance free and without chemically adulterated essential oils.
You wash clothing with a free and clear detergent or simple soap base without essential oils. You never use commercial fabric softeners or dryer sheets.
You research safe options when buying something new.
You clean with non-toxic products, and do not use any products to make things smell better. You know that things that are actually clean smell great, and don’t need a fragrance to disguise anything. Surfactants leave residue, a film that covers the surface and can often harbor odors, bacteria and feed biofilm. Clean surfaces are not covered by film of any kind.
You know that you don’t have to be touched for fragrance to transfer to your skin, hair and/or clothing.
You know exposures often happen when well-meaning people don’t understand how toxic fragrance is for you.
You know your need for a fragrance-free environment will often be met by the argument that the dangerous fragrance/scent is ‘not that bad’. Or, you come across people that insist they are ‘the most sensitive people on the planet’ and that if something works for them, it must work for you.
It does not.
And you know it’s likely you will pay the toll for exposures with symptoms and/or damage that lasts far beyond the moment of exposure — for days, weeks, months, and sometimes years.
If you have been mostly fragrance/scent-free but still dabble in scent, there’s still hope for staying here as long as you follow our DOs and DON’Ts. 🙂
To start, here’s our list of DON’TS (everyone likes to get the bad news out of the way first, right?!)
• Don’t bring any type of fragranced or scented item into Enliven.
• Don’t bring perfume or cologne.
• Don’t bring fragranced shaving products, makeup, deodorants, hair products, etc.
• Don’t bring essential oils.
• Don’t bring fragranced medications. This can include hormone creams or other medications in cream form.
• Don’t bring clothing that has been washed in fragranced detergents or washed in natural but scented laundry detergent.
• Don’t bring clothing washed with fabric softeners or dried with dryer sheets.
• Don’t bring a coat, purse, footwear, makeup/toiletries bag or suitcase previously used when fragranced.
• Don’t wash your fragrance-free purchases if your washing machine and dryer have been used with fragranced detergents, softeners or dryer sheets.
And now for the DOs!
• DO Stop using perfume and fragranced products at least four weeks before arrival.
• DO Purchase new clothing, purse, footwear, and/or suitcase from a store that does not spritz items with fragrance (i.e. not a major store at a mall.)
• If ordering new clothing online, DO make sure they do not scent their clothing or store items layered with dryer sheets (this is a common practice, as dryer sheets kill insects!)
• DO triple-bag non-fragranced clothing in thick plastic bags that do not smell like plastic. (Costco’s clear 33 gallon bags work well.) Close bags tightly to prevent cross-contamination.
• DO make sure all items are completely dry before sealing bags.
• DO Pack purchased non-fragranced clothing, footwear, coat, fragrance-free toiletries, etc. in fragrance-free suitcase.
• DO triple-bag suitcase and tie securely if not immediately flying.
Travel is a smelly business! Please do the following upon arrival to make sure those smells are left behind and not deposited on Enliven’s sheets.
• Shower with fragrance-free products. Wash your hair repeatedly and scrub your skin to remove fragrance residue.
• Bag the clothes you wore on the plane.
• Wear only fragrance-free clothing during your stay.
• Use fragrance-free products during your stay. Whole Foods carries fragrance-free items (365 brand). Fragrance-free products can also be ordered from Amazon. You will need:
• fragrance-free deodorant
• fragrance-free lotion
• fragrance-free shampoo (provided for guests)
• fragrance-free conditioner (provided for guests)
• fragrance-free styling products
• fragrance-free makeup
• fragrance-free face wash
• fragrance-free body wash (provided for guests)
• fragrance-free shaving products
Why Are Fragrances So Toxic?
Way back in 1986, the National Academy of Sciences recommended Congress test fragrances for neurotoxicity. Unfortunately we are still waiting on that study, however, other studies have been done. The EPA tested fragrances for chemicals in 1991 and found a list of the following toxic perfume chemical ingredients: acetone, benzaldehyde, benzyl acetate, benzyl alcohol, camphor, ethanol, ethyl acetate, limonene, linalool and methylene chloride – usually in some combination. According to InvisibleDisabilities.org, these chemicals can cause central nervous disorders, kidney damage, respiratory failure, ataxia and many less serious but still troubling symptoms such as GI tract irritation, dizziness, fatigue and more.
In 2010, Environmental Working Group (EWG) and the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics (CSC) performed and analyzed lab tests on 17 popular fragrances. This study revealed the presence of the following toxic perfume chemicals in just this small selection of brands:
Other studies have been done reporting a range of toxins, many undisclosed, in popular fragrances. For example, styrene was determined to be “a reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen” in 2011 by both the National Toxicology Program and the National Academy of Science, and can be found in some fragrances.
So, to put it all together:
By reserving a room you agree to our policies.
Enliven is a chemical-free, fragrance-free/scent-free, and mold-free B&B.
This means you and anyone traveling with you must be chemical-free, fragrance-free/scent-free and mold-free.
Examples of unacceptable chemicals, scents and/or fragrance are as follows:
• Essential oils
• Scented laundry detergents of any kind
• Dryer sheets of any kind
• Fabric softeners
• Scented or fragranced deodorant, hair products, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, face wash, make up, etc.
• Fragranced medical creams
The items listed above are only examples. The list is not an exhaustive list of items that would violate Enliven’s Policy of No Chemical, No Fragrance/No Scent and No Mold.
Our Policy of No Chemical, No Fragrance/No Scent and No Mold is very strict and necessary to keep this environment safe for our guests.
Management reserves the right to refuse accommodations or to terminate your accommodation, if in Management’s sole and exclusive, subjective opinion, you are not chemical-free, fragrance-free/scent-free and/or mold-free.
If you arrive in violation of the No Chemical, No Fragrance/No Scent and No Mold Policy, as determined by Management, in Management’s sole and exclusive, subjective opinion, you will not be able to stay until you and your belongs are fragrance-free (usually requiring the purchase of new clothing.) You will lose the entire cost of your stay unless we are able to rebook your reservation. If we are able to rebook, we will refund the amount we have been able to recoup.
If you or your belongings have a discernible mold issue, you will not be able to stay until you and your belongings are mold free. If you are not able to remediate the mold issue, you will lose the entire cost of your stay unless we are able to rebook your reservation.
If you suspect a mold issue at Enliven, the suspected issue will be researched immediately. Refunds will be given only in the event an issue is revealed by an inspection by a mold inspector, ERMI and/or HERTSMI tests indicate a problem exists.
If, during your stay, you are determined by Management, in Management’s sole and exclusive, subjective opinion, to be in violation of the No Chemical, No Fragrance/No Scent and No Mold Policy, your stay will be terminated and you will be required to immediately vacate the premises. If your stay is terminated for violation of the Policy, you will not receive a refund.
If, during your stay, you violate the No Chemical, No Fragrance/No Scent and No Mold Policy, and Enliven incurs cleaning costs in excess of the normal and usual cleaning costs associated with a guest’s stay, you will be liable for the excess cleaning costs.
If litigation is required to enforce Enliven’s Policies, recover the excess cleaning costs or other damages, remove a guest, obtain an injunction or specific performance of this agreement, the prevailing party will be entitled to recover its reasonable attorney’s fees and court costs. Venue for any litigation will be in King County Superior Court of Washington.
Enliven is NOT allergen-free. There is a dog on the premises; he is not allowed in the guest areas but those with dog allergies will be better served elsewhere.
Enliven requires an enormous amount of work to maintain its healthy state. Please respect it and report any issues immediately. Your cooperation is needed to keep Enliven’s environment healthy.
About the house
Enliven is a completely smoke-free environment. No smoking of any kind is allowed.
Enliven is a quiet, contemplative environment. No children under 5, please.
Check-in is 4 p.m. Check-out is 11 a.m.
Early check-in or late check-out may be possible but only with prior notice. Unauthorized late check out will result in being charged the room rate for that day.
Quiet Hours are from 10 pm to 7 am.
Rates are per room, per night, single occupancy unless otherwise noted. Rates are quoted in USD; all applicable taxes and fees are included in the total billed.
A non-refundable deposit of half your total stay is charged at time of booking.
The balance of your room charges are charged automatically to the credit card on file upon arrival. If you wish to make other payment arrangements please let us know on arrival.
If you stay beyond check out without pre-approval, you will be charged the room rate for that day.
Incidentals (laundry, grocery store runs, etc.) are charged when incurred or at the end of your stay.
A minimum $250 cleaning fee will be charged to your credit card on file if there are policy violations that require cleaning above and beyond the standard 5 hour deep cleaning we do between guests.
If your room is damaged in any way or policy violations prevent us from being able to rent the room for more than one day after your stay, you will be charged the daily room rate until the room is again viable to rent.
Please contact us for clarification of any of our terms, conditions, policies, cleaning practices, etc. All work together to help keep Enliven safe and healthy for all. 🙂
Enliven is a small B&B serving a very specific market, so cancellations are a big deal.
By reserving a room you agree to our policies. Make sure you understand and are in agreement with all policies before scheduling. Please call or email if you have any questions. Your deposit is non-refundable, a commitment on your part to reserve a coveted space on Enliven’s calendar, met by a commitment on our part to provide you with the room you have reserved.
To cancel a reservation, please call us at 425-481-4819.