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Tip of the Month: No More Stinking Lies!

 

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Alex Scranton

Director of Science
and Research

Are you sitting down? Because this one’s a doozy.

Did you know that “unscented” doesn’t necessarily mean the product is fragrance-free? It could mean that there are still fragrance chemicals in there to mask the scent of the other ingredients! That’s right– there are actually products that are labeled “unscented” on the front, but the ingredient list on the back  includes “fragrance” or other chemicals that are common fragrance ingredients.

Huh?

When we launched our Secret Scents campaign, companies told us that they don’t need to disclose fragrance ingredients because people who are sensitive to fragrance can just buy unscented products to avoid having reactions.

Turns out that’s a lousy option, because lots of companies are misleading their own customers! We’ve found a few well-known products (listed below) that are both labeled “unscented” and contain “fragrance” as a listed ingredient – and when our health is in question, this is completely unacceptable.

Want to help us find more brands to call out on this deceptive labeling practice? Join us to create our No More Stinking Lies Hall of Shame:

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1. At home? Check your bathroom cabinet or shower for personal care products labeled “unscented.” Does it contain “fragrance” as one of the ingredients? Unscented deodorants, antiperspirants and hair sprays seem to be the products that most often have fragrance listed – so check those first!

2. Take a photo of the front label with the word “unscented” and one of the list of ingredients on the back. If you have one of the products listed below – send us a pic of that too!

3. At the store? Find your favorite “unscented” product and take a photo of the front label and of the label with the ingredients.

4. Post your photos of unscented products with fragrance to Women’s Voices for the Earth’s Facebook page with the product name, and we’ll add it to our No More Stinking Lies Hall of Shame album on Facebook.

Not on Facebook? Send your photo to us at womensvoices@womensvoices.org, and we’ll add it for you!

Unscented products that contain “fragrance” as a listed ingredient

Hair Sprays

Final Net Unscented All Day Hold Hairspray Extra Hold

Aqua Net Professional Hair Spray Unscented 3-Extra Super Hold

Aqua Net Professional Hair Spray Super Hold 2 Unscented

Salon Grafix Unscented Super Hold Shaping Hair Spray 8

Salon Grafix Non-Aerosol Shaping & Volumizing Hair Spray Unscented

Salon Grafix Non-Aerosol Freezing Hair Spray Styling Mist Unscented

Vitalis Maximum Hold Hairspray for Men, Pump, Unscented

Condition 3-in-1 Unscented Hairspray Maximum Hold

Consort For Men Hair Spray Non-Aerosol Extra Hold Unscented

Consort For Men Hair Spray, Extra Hold, Unscented

Finesse Extra Hold Hairspray Unscented

Finesse Touchables Hair Spray Aerosol Unscented Extra Hold

Suave Hairspray Non-Aerosol Max Hold Unscented

Suave Hairspray Aerosol Extreme Hold Unscented

Suave Max Hold Hairspray Unscented

Suave Rave 4X Mega Hairspray Unscented

Rave Hairspray 4x Mega Aerosol Unscented

CVS Hairspray for Men Unscented Extra Hold

L’Oreal Elnett Satin Hairspray Unscented Extra Strong Hold

Vo5 Hair Spray Aerosol Unscented Hard-To-Hold 14 Hour Hold

White Rain Classics Hair Spray Non-Aerosol Extra Hold Unscented

 

Body Wash

Dove Sensitive Skin Nourishing Body Wash Unscented

Walgreens Sensitive Skin Body Wash, unscented

Salon Selectives Spa Body Wash, Unscented Moisturizing ,Sensitive Skin

CVS Sensitive Skin Body Wash, unscented formula

 

Deodorant/Anti-perspirant

Dry Idea  Anti-Perspirant & Deodorant Roll on Unscented

Dry Idea Advanced Dry 24 Hr. Antiperspirant & Deodorant Roll-On Unscented

Dove Antiperspirant & Deodorant Invisible Solid, Unscented for Sensitive Skin

Mitchum Smart Solid Anti-Perspirant & Deodorant, Clinical Performance Stick, Unscented

Sure Anti-Perspirant & Deodorant Invisible Solid Unscented

Secret Antiperspirant/Deodorant, Invisible Solid, Unscented

Secret Outlast Antiperspirant/Deodorant Invisible Solid Unscented

Right Guard Sport 3-D Odor Defense Antiperspirant & Deodorant Aerosol Unscented

Speed Stick Power Antiperspirant Deodorant, Unscented

 

Insect Repellent

Off! Family Care Insect Repellent IV Spray Unscented

 

March 14, 2013

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Comments

Excellent job, you ladies are picking up where the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics left off and raising public awareness further than ever! BRAVO CRUSADING WOMEN! looking for a safe haven? try Trillium.

I stopped using hairspray a few years ago because of ALL the chemicals listed in them and not just the fragrance. Deodorant- I use only organic herbal or Tom’s brand to be chemical/aluminum-free. This organization is awesome but we are just hitting the tip of the iceberg on the multiple chemicals that can cause cancer, endocrine system disruptors, birth defects, etc. I do appreciate everything this organization is doing and will support and spread the word to everyone I know.

THANK YOU for all of your hard work to keep us safe, WVE – it is appreciated!

whew. I don’t use any of these, nor does anyone else in my house. But i’ll check what we do use tonight! Thanks for all you do.
Ljj

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