Secret Fragrance Chemicals

At a Glance

Almost half of the personal care products on the market today contain the ingredient “fragrance” – a word that acts as a catchall for a mixture of dozens of individual ingredients.

Fragrance suppliers have enjoyed special protections for decades, which allow fragrance ingredients in personal care products to be kept secret from consumers, manufacturers, and regulators.

As a result, fragrances can and do contain carcinogens, endocrine disruptors, neurotoxic chemicals, sensitizers, asthmagens and allergens. These ingredients can lead to serious short- and long-term health impacts and yet they don’t even appear on product labels.

Get the Facts

Fragrance suppliers are not required by law to provide full ingredient disclosure. As a result, consumers get incomplete information regarding the ingredients in their personal care products, manufacturers are unable to provide consumers with full ingredient disclosure, and regulators are unable to determine the full scope of ingredients on the market being used to formulate cosmetics.

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Policy

Federal and state mandated fragrance ingredient disclosure will allow consumers to make safer and more informed purchases, benefit manufacturers who want to practice a higher level of transparency, and provide regulators with the information they need to more effectively regulate the safety of personal care products. Learn more about our advocacy efforts seeking federal and state legislatively mandated fragrance ingredient disclosure.

New Bill Would End Secret Fragrances

A bill introduced by Rep. Jan Schakowsky (Democrat-IL) would ban chemicals linked to cancer and birth defects from retail and professional salon products and require full fragrance disclosure. The Safe Cosmetics and Personal Care Products Act of 2018 is the only federal cosmetic safety legislation that would end secret fragrance chemicals! We need your help to support the bill.

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