Body sprays, moisturizers, bath, and body products may contain any number harmful chemicals of concern, including those linked to cancer, reproductive toxicity, allergies, and sensitivities. To protect yourself, choose brands that are fully transparent about what’s in their product, especially in the fragrance, or choose products without “fragrance” on the ingredient label. Check out the Chemicals of Concern in cosmetics so you know what to look for on labels.
BCPP (CSC’s parent organization), 2018 report Right to Know: Exposing Toxic Fragrance Chemicals in Beauty, Personal Care and Cleaning Products found that fragrance chemicals made up the vast majority of the chemicals linked to harmful chronic health effects in the beauty and personal care products we tested, which included body lotions and body sprays.
In the 2011 report Baby’s Tub is Still Toxic, BCPP’s Campaign for Safe Cosmetics reviewed the labels of Johnson’s Baby Shampoo sold in 13 countries for quaternium-15, a chemical preservative that kills bacteria by releasing formaldehyde. Formaldehyde is a known human carcinogen according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Formaldehyde and quaternium-15 are also strong allergens that can trigger rashes and other skin problems. More than two years after leading health and parents’ groups asked Johnson & Johnson to reformulate its flagship baby shampoo to remove the cancer-causing chemical, the company was still putting the formaldehyde releasing preservative quaternium-15 into baby shampoo sold in the United States, Canada, China, Indonesia and Australia. However, Johnson’s Baby Shampoo formulas sold in Denmark, Finland, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, South Africa, Sweden and the U.K. were found to contain non-formaldehyde preservatives.
The Toxic Free Beauty Act of 2021, part of our Safer Beauty Bill Package in U.S. Congress, would ban two harmful parabens, along with the other worst-of-the-worst chemicals found in body care products. Take action to make beauty and personal care products safer for all!
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