Your Perfume Could Harbor Nasty Secrets

May 13th, 2010

If you need further proof that synthetic perfumes, colognes and body sprays may be bad for you, take the recent lab tests analyzed by Environmental Working Group (EWG). It turns out that many name brand fragrances are hiding secrets chemicals.

And it’s entirely legal.

Thanks to the 1973 Federal Fair Packaging and Labeling Act, fragrances are exempt from listing ingredients. I’m sure the perfume makers are happy about that too.

Top offenders named by EWG include American Eagle Seventy Seven (24 unlisted chemicals), Chanel Coco (18 unlisted chemicals), plus Giorgio Armani Acqua Di Gio and Britney Spears Curious fragrances, both containing 17 secret chemicals.

On average, fragrances tested contained 14 unlisted chemicals, some of which are linked with allergic reactions and hormone disruption. Get the full list of fragrances that contain unlisted chemicals at EWG: Not so Sexy.

The bad news is that the FDA doesn’t have the authority to control cosmetics and perfume. If you disagree it should be so, then raise your voice. I know the FDA isn’t perfect, but I’d feel safer knowing they had some say in the safety of fragrances and cosmetics, wouldn’t you?

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