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 – many of which may be linked to harm. Manufacturers, the FDA and consumers all have a right-to-know what ingredients are hiding in fragranced cosmetics and personal care products.
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Dear Senator Alexander and Senator Murray:
As companies making and selling cosmetic and personal care products, we support full fragrance ingredient disclosure to consumers and to the FDA.
The fragrance supply chain is broken. Although it’s just one word on an ingredient label, “fragrance” can contain dozens, even hundreds, of chemicals. The 1966 Federal Fair Packaging and Labeling Act (FPLA) requires manufacturers to list all of the ingredients on a cosmetic product label, however fragrance and flavoring are specifically exempt from the FPLA’s labeling requirements.
Many cosmetic manufacturers buy “fragrance” formulations from outside fragrance houses or other suppliers. However because fragrance suppliers are not required by law to provide full ingredient disclosure to manufacturers — or even to the FDA — manufacturers are unable to provide consumers with the full ingredient disclosure they are asking for, and regulators do not know the full scope of ingredients that are being used to formulate cosmetics.
The Personal Care Products Safety Act of 2015 (S.1014) continues to extend this special privilege to the fragrance industry. Yet, at the same time, this bill requires cosmetic companies to substantiate the safety of each chemical ingredient in every cosmetic product they manufacture. The lack of federally mandated fragrance ingredient disclosure makes it impossible for companies making and selling fragranced cosmetic products to protect the health of their customers against the allergens, respiratory irritants, carcinogens, endocrine disruptors, neurotoxic chemicals, or environmental toxicants that can hide under the word “fragrance.” Without knowing the chemical composition of the fragrances that they purchase from fragrance suppliers, it is impossible for manufacturers to be confident of the safety of their products and, therefore, would make it extremely difficult for them to comply with the proposed legislation.
Similarly, without federally mandated fragrance ingredient disclosure, it is impossible for manufacturers to provide full fragrance ingredient disclosure to consumers. Consumers are increasingly asking for this information as a way to avoid allergens, and other chemicals linked to adverse health effects. A 2015 survey of 1,000 U.S. moms found that 73% of those surveyed, “often do research to understand the safety of ingredients to which their family is exposed.” Ingredient disclosure also gives researchers and regulators the information they need to understand the full universe of ingredients used to formulate cosmetic products.
Hundreds of leading cosmetic companies are already responding to consumer demand for greater transparency by practicing full fragrance ingredient disclosure on product labels proving this practice is not only possible, it is profitable. However, there are many manufacturers that are simply unable to get this information from fragrance suppliers because the suppliers refuse to provide it.
As business leaders who support full fragrance disclosure, we ask that you support amending the Personal Care Products Safety Act to require fragrance suppliers to provide full fragrance ingredient disclosure to consumers, to manufacturers and to the FDA.