“When we received the laboratory results back for Tommy Hilfiger’s ‘Tommy Girl’ perfume, our first thought was: this is no luxury product. No wonder they don’t disclose the ingredients.”
There’s a massive disconnect between what the Ad Says and what the Lab Says.
Another infuriating example of how misleading so-called “fragrances” are; a complete disconnect between what they say is inside and what is actually inside. If any of the desireable fruits and flowers conjured up in the shiny advertisements were in the product then you’d see them in the ingredient list. This is why companies use the “fragrance” loophole to deceive consumers. If you see the word “fragrance” in the ingredient list then don’t buy it; they’re trying to fool you.
Michael Kors fragrance “Very Hollywood” is marketed as “a decadent but luxuriously wearable fragrance makes a stunning entrance in jewels of shimmering mandarin and glistening bergamot. Captivating performances by jasmine, ylang ylang, raspberry and star-quality gardenia are followed by appearances from a supporting cast of Italian orris, creamy amber, soft white moss and vetiver for the perfect Hollywood ending. The very essence of Hollywood glamour.”
The truth is….there’s a disconnect between what they say is inside this so-called fragrance and what is actually inside. This little stinker should be called “Very New Jersey Industrial Park” because hidden inside is a banned sunscreen ingredient, FDA banned food flavors, ingredients shown to be harmful to aquatic life, chemicals you shouldn’t inhale and our favorite: an insect repellent used to treat scabies and lice.
“Sexy as a New Jersey Industrial Park”
Kors: light on advertised fragrance ingredients April 30th, 2019Stink!
You probably know that conventional nail polish may contain phthalates, toluene and carcinogenic formaldehyde.
But, because of labeling loopholes, you won’t see all chemicals of concern disclosed on product labels. To be safe, you can call companies and ask them directly if their nail polish contains formaldehyde or toluene.
We called a company called Justice to see if its nail polish contained toluene or formaldehyde. Justice assured us that these chemicals were not present in its tween nail polish.
Turns out…Justice lied to us was mistaken – its nail polish does contain formaldehyde and high levels of toxic toluene. We know this because we sent the product to a laboratory for chemical analysis.
FDA doesn’t know if there’s toluene or formaldehyde in your nail polish. The only way to find out is to send it to a laboratory.
Regulators don’t know if there are toxic chemicals in your products so if consumers want to know then they must pay $400 to test a $10 product. Ridiculous! But Don’t blame the FDA, blame industry lobbyists trade associations like the Personal Care Product Council and the American Chemistry Council.
Here’s what the lab analysis revealed:
This is why chemical disclosure is so important for consumers, regulators and retailers. Under current law, consumers don’t have a right to choose what chemicals they’re exposed to; the chemical industry gets to choose for us. Because companies aren’t required to disclose, they don’t make the best choices about what they sell and therefore consumers are forced to make bad choices about what they buy.
The system to regulate chemicals and products is broken in America. Efforts to fix this broken system are being blocked by the powerful cosmetics lobby, The Personal Care Product Council and its stealthy partner, the American Chemistry Council.
They just blocked a California effort to crack down on the some of the nasty chemicals in nail polish.
Cosmetics industry succeeds in shelving California bill restricting toxic ingredients
If you’re interested in avoiding toxic polish then check out this recent article on safer nail polishes
Avoiding carcinogens in nail polish is harder than you think April 28th, 2019Stink!
We sent Beyoncé’s signature scent “Heat” to a lab for chemical analysis and we were surprised that it tested positive for both chemicals recently banned in sunscreen by Hawaii and Key West, Oxybenzone and Octinoxate. It also contains galaxolide and diethyl phthalate. Nothing against Beyoncé; we doubt she’s aware of what’s in her product.
“celebrities probably don’t know, in most cases, about the product they’re endorsing”
Jeffrey Hollender, co-founder, Seventh Generation
Beyoncé “Heat” is described as having “top notes of vanilla, magnolia, neroli and peach; middle notes of almondmacaroon, honeysuckle and musk; and base notes with “a warm and sexy dry-down” of giant sequoiamilkwood, tonka bean and amber.” But there seems to be a disconnect between the fragrance’s exotic “notes” and the actual chemicals identified through chemical analysis. The fragrance industry is opposed to full ingredient disclosure because it would change consumer perception of its products. Here are the top 20 chemical ingredients in Beyoncé “Heat.”
Not so sexy, huh? No wonder the fragrance industry has been fighting to keep its ingredients secret for decades. The former President of the International Fragrance Association (IFRA) told us that ”the position of the industry is that ingredient disclosure, formula disclosure is not feasible for supporting our business model” but Seventh Generation co-founder Jeffrey Hollender offered a different perspective: “If you have an ingredient or a chemical in your product that a consumer can google and find out that it is toxic or carcinogenic, well, you don’t want to have to tell people that that chemical is in there.”
It’s time to close the fragrance labeling loophole. Consumers have a right to know what’s in the products they buy. We understand that ingredient disclosure may embarrass the fragrance industry but there’s a solution to that: use better ingredients!
“the perfume industry is still trying to maintain a mystique because fragrances have always had a certain allure of mystery and romance and creativity about it, and by transforming it into a chemical company with ingredient disclosure, that mystique is gone.”
The Netflix release of Stink! is dedicated to Andy Igrejas. We were honored to have him in the film, awed by his accomplishments and confident that his life’s work will live on to benefit us all. Please read his powerful tribute at Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families.
Andy Igrejas Netflix Dedication
Netflix premiere of “Stink!” is dedicated to Andy Igrejas October 30th, 2018Stink!
New York, NY, September 28, 2016: Net Return Entertainment announced today that screenings of the documentary “STINK!” will be free to the public for the entire month of October 2016 on its website, StinkMovie.com, in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
The New York Times says “STINK!” is “heartfelt…sensible and unnerving” and “Jon Stewart…would probably approve of Stink!”
As 1 in 2 Americans will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime, consumers urgently need to know about the hidden cancer-causing chemicals lurking in their everyday products. Most consumers wrongly assume that if a product is on the store shelf then it must be safe. “STINK!” reveals the truth about chemical and cosmetics regulation in America that every person needs to know.
Follow director Jon Whelan on his unexpected journey as he tries to uncover the truth about the secretive chemical industry. Entertaining, enlightening, and at times almost absurd, “STINK!” takes you on a madcap journey, from boardrooms, to back alleys, through the halls of Congress, and finally, to the sickening discovery of the “Cancer Loophole.” This is the movie that the chemical industry doesn’t want you to see.
Watch “STINK!” for free on StinkMovie.com during Breast Cancer Awareness Month October 2016.
Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Free screenings of the award-winning documentary “STINK!” in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month September 28th, 2016Stink!
Under current law, companies don’t have to disclose all of the chemicals in their products. Artificial odor (aka “fragrance”) manufacturers continue to fight against consumers knowing what is actually hidden in scented products.