What's In Skincare? Fragrance
What Toxic Ingredients Are In Fragrances?
Perfume 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.
Therefore, fragrance is comprised of multiple secret ingredients that are protected by the industry’s trade laws. For this reason, it is important to steer as clear as possible from fragrance. Lab studies by EWG have shown that this mixture of ingredients are known as hormone disruptors.
In addition, 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. They have classified BHA as “reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen.”
The word fragrance on a label signifies a mix of potentially hundreds of ingredients. Also the exact formulas most companies claim are trade secrets. However, we do know that phthalates, one class of chemicals typically found in fragrance. Consequently it can ultimately disrupt hormones. Fortunately, fragrance isn’t necessary for a product to function well or be effective. Choose fragrance-free creams, cleaning products, and laundry detergents. In addition, check ingredient labels to find out where else fragrance lurks; it can show up in unexpected places, such as diapers or garbage bags.
Safer Alternatives to Fragrances
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. Which offer the smell and longevity of conventional perfumes at much less risk.
There are also many safer ways of freshening your home. For example, for your indoor air you can open your windows and use fans. Also, you can empty stinky trash cans and litter boxes instead of trying to cover them up. You can also turn to natural odor-busters like fresh flowers on the kitchen counter. Citrus peels in the garbage disposal or an open box of baking soda in the fridge.