Perfumes and fragrances may smell good but a 2010 study suggests popular brands reek of long-term health problems for all of us.
Did you know that many popular perfumes don’t list harmful fragrance chemicals linked to sperm damage, hormone disruption (which is linked to some cancers, thyroid disease, obesity, diabetes, and other serious health problems), reproductive toxicity, and allergy problems?
Become your own healthcare advocate and learn what’s in your cosmetics so you can protect your health by reducing toxic exposure.
According to the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics website when you’re shopping for fragrance you should avoid products listing fragrance, natural fragrance, or synthetic fragrance as an ingredient because chemicals of concern commonly found in fragrance – like those listed above – won’t appear on the label.
Chemicals of Concern:
Diethyl phthalate, Dibutyl phthalate, Ethylene Oxide, Nitrosamines, Benzophenone, Parabens, Butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA), Galaxolide, Musk xylene, Musk ketone, Octinoxate, Tonalide, Styrene
Popular fragrances tested in the 2010 study that contained chemicals not disclosed on the labels included: American Eagle Seventy Seven, Chanel Coco, Britney Spears Curious, Giorgio Armani Acqua di Gio (for men), Old Spice After Hours Body Spray (for men), Quicksilver (for men), Calvin Klein Eternity for Men, Bath & Body Works Japanese Cherry Blossom, Calvin Klein Eternity for Women, Halle by Halle Berry, Hannah Montana Secret Celebrity, Victoria’s Secret Dream Angels Wish, Jennifer Lopez J. Lo Glow, AXE Body Spray for Men, Clinique Happy Perfume Spray, and Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue.
If you want a scented product, make sure it is scented with pure essential oils that were extracted through a cold-press process, not by using solvents. You can also visit Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Cosmetic Safety Database to find safer fragrances and other personal-care products.
The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics coalition, a project of the Breast Cancer Fund, works to protect the health of consumers, workers and the environment through public education and engagement, corporate accountability and sustainability campaigns and legislative advocacy designed to eliminate dangerous chemicals linked to adverse health impacts from cosmetics and personal care products.
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