From lotion and shampoo to blush and even lipstick, fragrance seems to be everywhere in personal care products. A few years ago the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics released a report, Not So Sexy, that found harmful ingredients in fragrance that companies keep secret from the public. Now, a new report by our partners at Women’s Voices for the Earth, Secret Scents: How Hidden Fragrance Ingredients Harm Public Health , has found that tens of millions of people suffer from skin and respiratory allergies caused by chemicals in fragrance. Unfortunately, it’s nearly impossible for us to avoid specific fragrance allergens because companies keep fragrance ingredients a secret.
In the E.U. manufacturers of personal care products are required to disclose the presence of 26 common fragrance allergens. Many of these companies make the same products in the U.S., but most don’t disclose allergens because it’s not required by U.S. law. There is absolutely no reason why vital public health information should be kept a secret.
The solution is simple: Companies should disclose fragrance ingredients in products so that we have the choice to avoid certain ingredients like allergens. There is absolutely no reason why vital public health information should be kept a secret.
Please take a moment to tell the fragrance industry to stop keeping fragrance ingredients a secret!