Why Should We Care About This?
Fragrance 3,163 Ingredients Hide Behind the Word
Question [to the EWG]: Is it true that the cosmetics industry can put any chemical into a product's "fragrance" without showing it on the ingredients list?
What do they put in there?
Answer [from the EWG]: It's true. When you see "fragrance" on a personal care product's label, read it as "hidden chemicals." A major loophole in FDA's federal law lets manufacturers of products like shampoo, lotion, and body wash include nearly any ingredient in their products under the name "fragrance" without actually listing the chemical.
Companies that manufacture personal care products are required by law to list the ingredients they use, but fragrances and trade-secret formulas are exempt. An analysis of the chemical contents of products reveals that the innocuous-looking fragrance� often contains chemicals linked to negative health effects. Phthalates, used to make fragrances last longer, are associated damage to the male reproductive system, and artificial musks accumulate in our bodies and can be found in breast milk. Some artificial musks are even linked to cancer. And if you've got asthma, watch out-- fragrance formulas are considered to be among the top 5 known allergens, and can trigger asthma attacks. The same kinds of chemicals are often used for fragrances in cleaning products, scented candles, and air fresheners.
Here’s what you need to know…
The skin care industry is envious of all of you here because they know they will never be able to capture in a bottle, the beautiful glow that comes with:
Eating whole foods
Drinking a few litres of water daily
Using pure essential oils as your health + self care
Being active daily
Taking balanced + bioavailable supplements
Living a joyful life
Having meaningful relationships
Getting into deep sleep each night … there is nothing like a lavender, cedarwood or vetiver sleep!
It’s not about being perfect … it’s about making informed decisions