January 11, 2016 Stink!

Is Goat Urine in your Favorite Scents?

Most consumers are unaware of the “fragrance loophole.” If you see the word “fragrance” on a product label then you might think it’s a singular ingredient but it’s not. The vague word “Fragrance” is used on product labels in lieu of disclosing the actual ingredients. Companies claim the real ingredients are a “trade-secret.” According to Page Six, “Your favorite fragrance probably has hundreds of chemicals.” Of course everything is made of chemicals and most of them are safe but lab tests reveal toxic and carcinogenic chemicals hidden in many fragrance formulations. Companies are not obligated to disclose these harmful chemicals to consumers, and it’s legal to use literally ANYTHING in a fragrance.

Fragrance loophole.

Fragrance loophole.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates personal care products and fragrances but FDA can’t tell you what the secret ingredients are in scented products. Due to a loophole in the law, it’s illegal for FDA to ask. Personal care products may have undisclosed chemicals linked to cancer and hormone disruption; even ingredients that are just nasty. Seems hard to believe, right? We thought so to so we did a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to the FDA and asked for the list of ingredients in Axe Body Spray. Check out the FDA’s response:

FDA freedom of information Act (FOIA) response for Axe Body spray.

FDA freedom of information Act (FOIA) response for Axe Body spray.

How can the FDA possibly regulate personal care products and fragrance if it’s illegal for FDA to demand a list of ingredients from companies it regulates? How can consumers prevent exposure to harmful chemicals if companies won’t disclose the harmful chemicals on product labels? American consumers need chemical disclosure NOT chemical exposure.

WARNING: DO NOT WATCH THIS VIDEO. You will never smell the same again. Seriously, do not watch this!