Undisclosed Ingredients In Fragrance
Makeup, perfume, and cosmetics have been around for centuries. Smelling of Chanel No.5 or Gucci Bloom has become a sign of luxury only the wealthy can afford. It's become social status. Statistically, sales of extravagant fragrance products have dropped significantly in the last few years. People are finally discovering the truth. These companies going out of business may just save humanity.
The largest cosmetics companies produce millions of products every year that go from manufacturing facilities directly onto store shelves and into our homes, with no government review. It's been 80 years since a federal law was passed to regulate the cosmetics industry in the United States. The industry has been completely self-regulated since 1938. Tens of thousands of new chemical ingredients have been invented and used in everyday products. However, less than 10% of these ingredients have been tested for safety.
The worst part, is that companies are not required to disclose what ingredients are used. The word 'fragrance' is a trade secret, and is used to describe over 3,000 different chemicals. Kelly Hsiao, founder of Block Island Organics said, “While the FDA requires the disclosure of ingredients on a product’s label because of the Fair Packaging and Labeling Act, fragrance is an exception since it does not need to be listed individually.”
Fortunately, we are fighting the good fight. Sales of such products are decreasing, consumers are shopping consciously and more aware. Organizations and groups are beginning to fight corporate greed. Things are looking up...
In 1991 the Environmental Protection Agency tested conventional, synthetic perfumes and found a long list of toxic chemical ingredients, including acetone, benzaldehyde, benzyl acetate, benzyl alcohol, camphor, ethanol, ethyl acetate, limonene, linalool, methylene chloride as well as phthalates, stearates, and parabens.
These ingredients can evoke numerous health issues, including nervous system damage, kidney damage, respiratory failure, ataxia, intestinal inflammation, dizziness, fatigue and more.
Learn more about the effects of toxic chemicals HERE!
Ways To Avoid Toxic Fragrance:
1. Read Ingredients and Labels. Look for 'fragrance' or 'parfum'. There is no such thing as 'natural fragrance' - they're lying to you. If the product contains 100% essential oils, it is safe to use. Essential oils are derived from our earth, and 100% safe with no chemicals. Learn more about essential oils HERE!
2. Do NOT use store-bought cleaners, hygiene products, or soaps. Use handmade products, or make your own.
3. Use products that disclose 100% of their ingredients - and know the effects and potential risks of those ingredients.