Perfumes, colognes and body sprays can add wonderful moments in our lives. Many people can identify a loved one or a specific person by a certain fragrance. People may have different perfumes for different uses, one for daily use, one for work, one for special occasions, and so on.
However, we should be more careful when purchasing perfume or cologne. A recent study shows that top perfumes have hazardous chemicals and may be harmful to public health.
The 43-page study by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics and the Environmental Working Group commissioned laboratory analysis of 17 big-selling fragrance products. Those tests showed the products together contained 38 unlisted chemicals. The findings were released under the heading “Not So Sexy: The Health Risk of Secret Chemicals in Fragrances,”
According to the report, chemicals were found in lab test but not listed on product labels in several famous top-selling products including American Eagle Seventy Seven, Chanel Coco, Britney Spears Curious, Giorgio Armani Acqua Di Gio, Calvin Klein Eternity, Hale, Hannah Montana Secret Celebrity, Victoria’s Secret Dream Angels Wish and many more.
Those unlisted compounds can trigger allergic reactions and some may be considered hormone disrupters, raising the question: is it legal to hide ingredients?
Failing to name the chemicals in a fragrance is legal under the Federal Fair Packaging and Labeling Act of 1973. Perhaps it’s time for an update, right? Though that law requires companies to list cosmetics ingredients on product labels, it explicitly exempts requiring breaking out the specific components of a perfume or cologne. Instead, when a consumer reads the ingredients of those products, she finds only the generic category of “fragrances.”
So, what are the options if you would like continue to “smell good” but do not want to take a chance on dangerous chemicals? Try natural perfumes, fragrances or colognes. Most products use only natural ingredients or pure essential oils, a safe alternative for your body.
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