Fragrance Ingredient Disclosure

http://www.safecosmetics.org/fragrance-disclosure/get-involved/fragrance-ingredient-disclosure/If you are a company that makes or sells cosmetics or personal care products, please consider signing onto this letter asking Senate and House leadership to support amending the Personal Care Products Safety Act to mandate full fragrance ingredient disclosure to manufacturers, consumers and to the FDA. The fragrance supply chain is broken and we need help from congress to fix it.  Although it's just one word on an ingredient label, "fragrance" can contain dozens, even hundreds, of chemicals...Read More »

Fragrance

http://www.safecosmetics.org/get-the-facts/chemicals-of-concern/fragrance/Many products list “fragrance” on the label, but very few name the specific ingredients that make up a “fragrance.” This lack of disclosure prevents consumers from knowing the full list of ingredients in their products. While most fragrance chemicals are not disclosed, we do know that some are linked to serious health problems such as cancer, reproductive and developmental toxicity, allergies and sensitivities. Clearly, there is a need for stronger regulations, more research, and...Read More »

Toxic Chemicals Found in Kids’ Makeup Products- What Will You Shop for This Halloween?

http://www.safecosmetics.org/about-us/media/press-releases/toxic-chemicals-found-kids-makeup-products-will-shop-halloween/New report by the Breast Cancer Fund shows you should be worried about more than checking your children’s Halloween candy this year. For Immediate Release: October 13, 2016 Contact: Erika Wilhelm, (415) 321-2920, Ewilhelm@breastcancerfund.org SAN FRANCISCO – Findings from the new report published today show potentially harmful chemicals could be in the products marketed to your kids. Protecting your children’s health and well-being may also require careful inspection of the face...Read More »

Actions

http://www.safecosmetics.org/fragrance-disclosure/get-involved/actions/Demand Unilever disclose their fragrance ingredients The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, a project of the Breast Cancer Fund, is partnering with Rosa and Brandon Silk to demand that Unilever disclose the fragrance ingredients in their Axe Body Spray and all other products. Eighteen year old Brandon – and countless others like him – suffer serious, sometimes deadly, reactions to the secret ingredients in fragranced cosmetics and personal care products. In Brandon’s case his mom, Rosa,...Read More »

Additional Resources & News Articles

http://www.safecosmetics.org/fragrance-disclosure/learn-more/additional-resources-news-articles/Unpacking the Fragrance Industry: Policy Failures, the Trade Secret Myth and Public Health, 2015: http://www.womensvoices.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/Fragrance_Industry_Report_Final.pdf Fragrance Chemicals of Concern on the IFRA List, 2015: http://www.womensvoices.org/fragrance-ingredients/fragrance-chemicals-of-concern-on-ifra-list/ Fragrance Allergens Infographic, 2015: http://www.womensvoices.org/avoid-toxic-chemicals/fragrance/ Fragrance Disclosure Policy Fact Sheet, Breast...Read More »

Trade Secrets

http://www.safecosmetics.org/fragrance-disclosure/learn-more/trade-secrets/Trade Secrets Although it's one word on an ingredient label, "fragrance" can contain dozens, even hundreds, of chemicals. Fragrance manufacturers claim that the specific chemicals used to create their scents are confidential business information, or “trade secrets,” a concept originally codified in the 1966 Federal Fair Packaging and Labeling Act (FPLA). The FPLA prevents the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) from compelling manufacturers to disclose the chemical compositions of their...Read More »

Health Effects and Chemical of Concern

http://www.safecosmetics.org/fragrance-disclosure/learn-more/health-effects-chemical-concern/Sensitization and Allergies Fragrance allergies affect two to 11 percent of the general population., This translates to tens of millions of people globally affected by fragrance. Fragrance chemicals can become major sensitizers through air oxidation, photo-activation, or skin enzyme catalysis or cross-sensitizing - a process by which a person becomes sensitized to substances different from the substance to which the person is already sensitized. Once sensitized, the only way to prevent the...Read More »

Learn More

http://www.safecosmetics.org/fragrance-disclosure/learn-more/Why Fragrance Disclosure? For 75 years, fragrance suppliers have enjoyed special protections that allow fragrance ingredients to be kept secret from consumers, researchers, and regulators. Fragrance suppliers are not required by law to provide full ingredient disclosure to manufacturers or regulators. As a result, consumers get incomplete information regarding the ingredients in their personal care products, manufacturers are unable to provide consumers with the full ingredient disclosure they...Read More »

Policy and Legislation

http://www.safecosmetics.org/fragrance-disclosure/policy-and-legislation/Federal Legislation Most people assume cosmetics and personal care products are tested for safety before they are sold. In truth, personal care products are one of the least regulated industries in the United States. On April 20, 2015, Senators Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and Susan Collins, R-Maine, introduced the Personal Care Products Safety Act of 2015 (S.1014). The bill seeks to reform a $71 billion industry that is currently regulated by approximately two pages of federal law that has...Read More »