I love discussing fragrance because everyone loves smelling good. But be careful because that smell could be toxic and cancerous!
I want to discuss this again. Do you know that many products list fragrance on their labels but very few name the specific ingredients that make up a "fragrance".
WHAT IS FRAGRANCE?
Fragrance is defined by the FDA as a combination of chemicals that gives each perfume or cologne including those used in other products it's distinct scent. Could be derived from petroleum or natural raw ingredients. In addition to "scent" chemicals that create the fragrance, perfumes and colognes also contain solvents, stabilisers, UV absorbers, preservatives and dyes. These are frequently but not always listed on product labels. In contrast these chemical components in fragrance itself are protected as trade secrets and described on the label as fragrance. Fragrance that are added to personal care products also include a combination of ingredients that give the product a scent. Typically indicated as "fragrance" or "parfum". The International Fragrance Association IFRA lists 3059 materials reported as being used in fragrance compounds. Some have evidence linking them to health effects including cancer, reproductive toxicity, allergies and sensitivities.
Most personal care products including sunscreen, shampoo, soaps, body wash, deodorant, body lotions, makeup, body creams, facial cream, skin toners, exfoliating Scrubs and perfumes
WHAT TO LOOK FOR ON LABEL
Fragrance, perfume, parfum, unlisted essential oil blends, aroma.
ALL especially Pregnant women and infants
Current laws do not provide the authority to require disclosure or public safety of fragrance ingredients in order to preserve trade secrets.
HOW TO AVOID
Read labels and avoid products when no information is given other than "fragrance"