You've been buying them forever - the lotion, the deodorant, your favorite shampoo. These products may be serving a purpose in your life but they've got a secret that you might not be happy about. Most conventional personal care, cleaning and perfume products contain artificial fragrance. You may have even seen the word "fragrance" on the label of a product you have at home. What you probably don't know is that fragrances can be made up of over 100 different "top secret" chemicals. And many of these chemicals trigger allergic reactions as well as other harmful effects in sensitive people.
Transparency is Key
Manufacturers don't want to disclose these ingredients because they feel they are proprietary secrets - and unfortunately under current regulations, they are not required to. But if fragrance ingredients were listed on a product label, many people could avoid the specific ingredients they are allergic to.
Women's Voices for the Earth, a fabulous organization dedicated to eliminating toxic chemicals from women's lives, just released an important report: Secret Scents: How Hidden Fragrance Allergens Harm Public Health that emphasizes the widespread impact of fragrance allergies. They've put together a terrific infographic (shown below) with details from the report.
What Can You Do?
- Avoid products that do not disclose ingredients
- Ask the fragrance industry to stop keeping fragrance ingredients a secret
- Ask your legislators to support the Safe Chemicals Act and the Safe Cosmetics Act
Do any of your favorite beauty or cleaning products contain artificial fragrance?