Fragrance 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 »

Synthetic Musks musks are chemicals used in personal care product fragrances. They are rarely listed on the label, since fragrance ingredients are often not disclosed. Synthetic musks bioaccumulate in the environment and have been detected in human breast milk, body fat, blood, and umbilical cords. Studies show that these compounds can disrupt cell functioning and hormone systems. FOUND IN: Perfumes, colognes, and scented soap, body wash, sprays, lotions, hair products, detergents,...Read More »

Health Effects and Chemical of Concern 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 »

Top 5 Safe Cosmetics Tips one wants to learn that their trusted personal care products are made with hazardous chemicals. Thankfully, safer alternatives are available and there are steps you can take to reduce toxic exposures in your home and protect the health of your family. 1. Simplify Choose products with simpler ingredient lists and fewer synthetic chemicals. Avoid synthetic fragrance by skipping products with “fragrance” on the label, and use fewer products overall. 2. DIY Some personal care...Read More »

Red List Technical Guidance otherwise noted below, the chemicals on the red list should not be used in personal care products. Some of the chemicals, however, can be used with restrictions. Some are also potential unintentional contaminants of intentionally added ingredients. These contaminants are detailed below, with information about testing recommendations.   Benzophenone: Problem: Benzophenone is persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic (PBT).,  It is linked to endocrine disruption and organ...Read More »

Mixtures aren’t exposed to just one chemical at a time. Because many ingredients are used in many products, exposures for some chemicals are nearly constant. In addition, scientists rarely know the health effects of exposures to the kinds of chemical mixtures found in personal care products, other consumer products, and our home, work and outdoor environments. Introduction In the US, at least 12 offices in four federal agencies oversee chemical regulations across a variety of sources,...Read More »

Preservatives may be used in cosmetics to prevent the growth of harmful bacteria and mold. Parabens and formaldehyde-releasing preservatives are commonly used preservatives in cosmetic and personal care products. FOUND IN: Fragrance, lipstick, shampoos, conditioners, lotions, moisturizer, facial and shower cleansers, nail polish, nail glue, hair gel, hair- smoothing products, baby shampoo, body wash/soap, color cosmetics and anti-aging products. WHAT TO LOOK FOR ON THE LABEL: Formaldehyde,...Read More »

Cumulative Exposure And Feminine Care Products the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, we make it a top priority to provide you with information on exposure to toxic and untested chemicals in personal care products—from shampoo to makeup to fragrances. We often talk about why the timing of exposure matters and why cumulative exposures matter. Industry spokespeople often claim “it's just a little bit” of a toxic chemical in a given product, and that a little bit can’t hurt. But when there are carcinogens in the bathtub, hormone...Read More »