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Fragrance chemicals harm human health – consumer should know about them
We all are consumers and we all have the right to know if toxic chemicals are hiding in products we purchase, including the beauty and personal care products we use every day. However a policy labeling loophole allows manufacturers to hide unlabeled, unregulated toxic fragrance ingredients in the products they sell.
Dozens sometimes even hundreds of chemicals can hide in beauty and personal care products that contain fragrance. Many of these fragrance chemicals are linked to harm to human health.
We all have a right to expect that the beauty and personal care products we buy are safe. Ingredients linked to cancer, hormone disruption, and reproductive harm must be labeled so that consumers can make informed buying decisions.
However, the vast and growing $70 billion global fragrance industry is entirely unregulated. No national law checks the safety of fragrance chemicals or requires labeling of fragrance ingredients for consumers or even disclosure to regulatory agencies.
Breast Cancer Prevention Partners’ newest report Right to Know: Exposing Toxic Fragrance Chemicals in Beauty, Personal Care and Cleaning Products documents the extent of this widespread problem.
Among the report’s most shocking findings:
- The most hazardous product of all was a children’s shampoo called “Just for Me”,marketed to kids of color in a hair relaxing kit. This product contained 24 chemicals linked to chronic health effects. Most of the 24 were fragrance chemicals that did not appear on the label.
- Fragrance chemicals made up 3/4 of the toxic chemicals in the beauty and personal care products tested.
- Several of the products that had the most hazardous chemicals were fine fragrances endorsed by popular celebrities.
Many personal care products tested contained more hazardous chemicals than the cleaning products tested!
HEJSuport joins Breast Cancer Prevention Partners and many more environmental and health organizations worldwide and calls for full fragrance ingredient disclosure so consumers can make safer, more informed purchases.
We feel confident the report Right to Know: Exposing Toxic Fragrance Chemicals in Beauty, Personal Care and Cleaning Products will help us all make the case for mandated fragrance ingredient disclosure and stricter regulation of the fragrance industry worldwide.