Finally, Science is on the side of all that is right and good in the world, declaring that air fresheners and scented candles can indeed be irritating, and not just in the way that makes you mouth-breathe and feel skeezy inside.

"Home fragrances" like air fresheners and scented candles can trigger allergies and even cause severe asthma attacks, according to a new study presented at the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology conference this week. That sickly-smelling fresh nature scent is probably chock-full of volatile organic compounds, including scary stuff like formaldehyde. No wonder your nose is revolting against those gnarly artificial attacks upon its sensibility.

"There has been a shift among home fragrance consumers that pleasant smelling homes are not just for the holidays. We also are seeing a trend by manufacturers to market these products as aromatherapy which implies health and mood-boosting benefits although there are no scientific studies to support these claims," said author Dr. Stanley Fineman. He suggested opening the window as an alternative, if your lungs haven't already given out from years of air-freshener abuse.