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Table 3 Reported frequency of use of personal care products by men and women stratified by adults and adolescents

From: Exposure to environmental phenols and parabens, and relation to body mass index, eczema and respiratory outcomes in the Norwegian RHINESSA study

  Adults (≥ 18 years) Adolescents (10–17 years)
  Frequency of use (%) Frequency of use (%)
Products   Never or < 1/week 1–3 days/week 4–7 days/week or > once daily Never or < 1/week 1–3 days/week 4–7 days/week or > once daily
Perfume spray Women 23.7 17.4 58.9 29.6 29.6 40.9
Men 42.6 19.0 38.4 *** 48.9 17.8 33.3
Perfume (not spray) Women 91.1 2.2 6.7 97.7 2.3 0
Men 93.0 4.7 2.3 91.1 2.2 6.7
Deo-spray Women 97.8 0.4 1.8 97.7 - 2.3
Men 87.0 4.7 8.3*** 82.2 6.7 11.1*
Deostick Women 2.1 3.9 94.0 11.4 13.6 75.0
Men 9.7 4.7 85.6** 17.8 13.3 68.9
Moisturizing cream Women 8.5 17.8 73.7 34.1 22.7 43.2
Men 56.4 21.0 22.6*** 73.3 11.1 15.6**
Lotions Women 26.3 31.4 42.4 52.3 36.4 11.4
Men 90.3 5.8 3.9*** 86.7 6.7 6.7**
Cleansing cream Women 35.3 14.9 49.8 65.9 18.2 15.9
Men 93.7 4.3 2.0*** 86.7 6.7 6.7
Make-up Women 7.7 14.9 77.4 25.0 11.4 63.6
Men 100 - -*** 100 - -***
Nail-care Women 72.0 20.8 7.2 67.4 25.6 6.9
Men 100 - -*** 100 - -***
Shaving-products Women 84.7 13.6 1.7 84.1 15.9 -
Men 51.2 42.8 6.0 *** 93.3 4.4 2.2
After-shave Women 98.2 0.9 0.9 100 - -
Men 83.3 14.3 2.4*** 100 - -
Hairspray Women 69.4 18.7 11.9 93.2 6.8 -
Men 95.3 3.9 0.8*** 97.8 2.2 -
Hair-styling products Women 65.3 18.6 16.1 93.2 4.5 2.3
Men 41.4 17.1 41.7 *** 22.2 20.0 57.8***
Hair-colora Women 57.1 31.5 11.6 86.4 13.6 -
Men 99.2 0.8 -*** 100 - -**
Hair-bleacha Women 69.8 25.0 5.2 88.6 9.1 2.3
Men 99.6 0.4 -*** 100 - -
  1. *P-value ≤ 0.05; **P-value ≤ 0.01; ***P-value ≤ 0.001 for difference in frequencies of use between genders (Pearson’s chi square test) aFrequency of use categorie: Never or less than 1 time/year, 1–6 times/year, 6–12 times/year or more than once/month)