What Toxic ingredients are in Fragrance?
Perfumes is a tricky product for conscious consumers especially in the United States.
Under the FDA, fragrance (a commonly used ingredient in perfumes and body care) is a word that can mean multiple different ingredients. Fragrance is comprised of multiple secret ingredients that are protected by the industry’s trade laws. The reason it is important to steer as clear as possible from fragrance is that lab studies by EWG have shown that this mixture of ingredients are hormone disruptors.
Another ingredient found commonly in perfumes is BHA (butylated hydroxyanisole) which is commonly used as a preservative and stabilizer. BHA has been shown to be a hormone disruptor and the U.S. National Toxicology Program (a part of the National Institute of Health) has classified BHA as “reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen.”
Needless to say, perfumes and fragrances are difficult to navigate as an ingredients conscious shopper. Luckily, there are more and more companies that are beginning to release natural perfume oils powered by essential oils that offer the smell and longevity of conventional perfumes at much less risk.
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