CA Fragrance and Flavor Ingredient Right to Know Act

At a Glance

BCPP cosponsored a CA bill, the California Cosmetic Fragrance and Flavor Ingredient Right to Know Act of 2019 (SB574 – Leyva), that would have require cosmetics companies to report toxic fragrance or flavor ingredients to the California Safe Cosmetics Program.

For the first time ever, this would have made information about harmful fragrance and flavor ingredients public.

Overview

The California Fragrance and Flavor Ingredient Right to Know Act of 2019 (Senate Bill 574), authored by Senator Connie Leyva, would have required cosmetic and professional salon companies to report any fragrance or flavor ingredient that appears on one or more of the 27 authoritative hazard lists referenced in the bill to the California Safe Cosmetics Program. The bill directed the program to publish each toxic fragrance and flavor ingredient present in a product on the safe cosmetics program’s public database.

For the first time ever, this disclosure would have given the public and professional salon workers the right to the full information they need to avoid harmful fragrance or flavor ingredients. Currently, there are no federal or state laws that require the disclosure of fragrance or flavor ingredients in cosmetics or professional salon products. Increasing evidence points to harm to human health and the environment from hazardous fragrance and flavor ingredients.

  • Nearly 4,000 fragrance ingredients are currently used in fragrance, according to the International Fragrance Association (IFRA), and over 3,000 flavor ingredients, according to the International Organization of the Flavor Industry. These lists include carcinogens, reproductive toxicants, neurotoxicants, allergens and other chemicals of concern.
  • Recent data compiled by Women’s Voices for the Earth, reveals that a third of all fragrance chemicals currently in use have been flagged as potentially toxic by scientists around the world.
  • Personal care product testing conducted by Breast Cancer Prevention Partners in 2018 showed that ¾ of chemicals found that were linked to adverse health effects were fragrance ingredients.
  • 35 flavors listed on the International Organization of the Flavorings Industry (IOFI) are on the California’s Candidate Chemicals List linking these chemicals to harm to human health and the environment.
  • 10 flavors on the IOFI list are chemicals linked to cancer or birth defects, present on California Proposition 65’s list.

Fragrance and Flavor ingredients are found in 95% of shampoos, conditioners, hair styling products, antiperspirants and shaving products as well as fine fragrances, body spray and lotions. Increasing evidence points to harm to human health and the environment from hazardous fragrance and flavor ingredients. Disclosure of toxic fragrance ingredients would give Californians the power to select safer products.

Although this bill did not pass in 2019, BCPP plans to reintroduce the bill in 2020 in partnership with Black Women for Wellness and Women’s Voices for the Earth.

Fact sheet

Learn about the health hazards we found hidden behind the ingredients listed as fragrance and flavors in beauty and personal care products.

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Press Releases

February 25, 2019 California Bill Seeks to End Toxic Fragrance and Flavor Secrets in Beauty and Personal Care Products

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