Poison Perfume -Ahh The Sweet Smell of Petrochemicals
Poison perfume is among us. If you think the FDA does a subpar job in regulating what goes into our food supply, you’ll be equally unimpressed, if not appalled at its regulation of cosmetic and personal-care products.
You need to be looking at the labels on your health and beauty products the same way you look at food labels..
There are thousands of chemicals in your products, especially your poison perfume. Many of these chemicals are being absorbed and accumulate in your body. These companies have Carte Blanche to use any ingredient or raw material without government review or approval.
Ahh The Sweet Smell Of Petrochemicals
The Environmental Working Group (EWG) reports that, while many popular perfumes, colognes and body sprays contain trace amounts of natural essences, they also typically contain a dozen or more potentially hazardous synthetic chemicals, some of which are derived from petroleum. To protect trade secrets, makers are allowed to withhold fragrance ingredients, so consumers can’t rely on labels to know what hazards may lurk inside that new bottle of perfume.
What Approval Process?
There is no pre-product approval before a product hits the market and enters your home. A minuscule approval process exists, but only for color additives and ingredients classified as over-the-counter drugs.
Many of the chemicals in your health and beauty products are synthetic and are skin irritants, skin penetrators, endocrine disrupters and some are carcinogenic (cancer causing).
This particular category is the scariest of the bunch because it has the least oversight and regulation. Besides, what does “fragrance” mean anyway? This term was created to protect a company’s “secret formula.” Companies are not required to list the ingredients in “fragrance” so you, the consumer, have no idea what you are slathering on. You could be putting on a concoction that contains tons of chemicals that are hazardous to your health. So Poison perfume is all potentially around you.
According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG) Skin Deep Database, fragrance mixes have been associated with allergies, dermatitis, respiratory distress and potential effects on the reproductive system. It can be found in many products such as perfume, cologne, conditioner, shampoo, body wash and moisturizers.
The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, and EWG, analyzed some common name brand fragrances including Chanel, Giorgio Armani, Bath & Body Works, Old Spice, Calvin Klein, and more
The average fragrance product contained 14 chemicals that were not disclosed on the label (along with another 15 that were listed!).
“Among them are chemicals associated with hormone disruption and allergic reactions, and many substances that have not been assessed for safety in personal care products. Also in the ranks of undisclosed ingredients are chemicals with troubling hazardous properties or with a propensity to accumulate in human tissues.
These include diethyl phthalate, a chemical found in 97 percent of Americans and linked to sperm damage in human epidemiological studies,
Synthetic musks bioaccumulate in the environment and have been detected in human breast milk, body fat, blood, and umbilical cords. They are found in Perfumes, colognes, and scented soap, body wash, sprays, lotions, hair products, detergents, softeners. Here are a few concerns:
WHAT TO LOOK FOR ON THE LABEL: Fragrance, musk ketone, musk xylene, galaxolide, tonalide
HEALTH CONCERNS: Endocrine disruption, organ system toxicity, reproductive toxicity and bioaccumulation.
Musk Xylene is banned in Japan and in Europe
Musk ketone and tonalide are restricted in Europe
The United States does not restrict their use.
VULNERABLE POPULATIONS: All, Pregnant/lactating women, breast-feeding children, hairdressers
HOW TO AVOID: Avoid personal care and cleaning products containing synthetic fragrances (body sprays, colognes, air fresheners).
Who Is To Blame?
EWG explains that ingredients not in a product’s “hidden fragrance mixture” must be listed on the label, so makers disclose some chemicals but “lump others together in the generic category of ‘fragrance’.”
EWG blames the U.S. government in part, pointing out that the Food and Drug Administration “has not assessed the safety of the vast majority” of secret chemicals used in spray-on products such as fragrances.
The Bottom Line!
“Fragrance secrecy is legal due to a giant loophole in the Federal Fair Packaging and Labeling Act of 1973, which requires companies to list cosmetics ingredients on the product labels but explicitly exempts fragrance,” reports EWG.
As such, the cosmetics industry has kept the public in the dark about fragrance ingredients, “even those that present potential health risks or build up in people’s bodies.”
Toxins And Our Environment
Since 1985, over 20,000 new chemicals have been introduced and are soaking our environment, our children and you. And yes! the FDA and EPA allow it. These industries are, to a great extent, unregulated. To learn more about toxins in your home and body and your children, check out The Toxic Truth. The magnitude of the problem will astound you.
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