Fragrance Ingredients

Fragrance Ingredients & Disclosure

The Issue:
Thousands of synthetic chemicals are used to create modern day fragrances for our products, and some of these chemicals have been linked to health impacts ranging from eye and skin irritation to hormone imbalance and increased risk of breast cancer. Furthermore, these ingredients are kept secret—the vast majority of manufacturers currently are not disclosing fragrance ingredients on websites or on the product label.

The bottom line: Toxic chemicals should not be in fragrance and fragrance ingredients should be disclosed so consumers can choose to avoid chemicals of concern and protect their health.

Avoiding Toxic Chemicals in Fragrance

Facts on Fragrance: Fragrance is a mixture of substances intended to convey a scent, or mask an odor. Fragrance can come from both natural sources (plants, flowers, foods) as well as synthetically manufactured fragrances commonly found in scented household products. Learn more. 

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Toxic Chemicals Found in Fragrance: Phthalates, carcinogens, allergens – just what are the fragrance industry’s standards of safety?!

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Report Unpacking the Fragrance Industry: Exposing the failings of the fragrance industry’s self-regulated safety program

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Take the Fragrance-Free Pledge! Until we have 100% full fragrance disclosure, until we know those ingredients are safe, take control of your health and choose fragrance-free when available.

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Fragrance Allergens Infographic: Secret scents – the allergens hiding in your scented (and unscented) products.

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Alternative to Fragranced Cleaners: Get the “clean” smell without the toxic chemicals

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Ditch the Dryer Sheets: Dryer sheets: an unnecessary exposure to toxic chemicals. Take the pledge to ditch ’em!


Green Cleaning Recipes: A few of our favorite DIY non-toxic recipes to help reduce exposure to fragrance chemicals.

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Fragrance Chemicals of Concern Present on the IFRA List: The IFRA Transparency List (chemicals used to make fragrance) contains many fragrance chemicals that are restricted/banned in products by government agencies.

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Toxic Fragrance Chemical in Cleaning Products: Galaxolide: A Threat to the Environment and Human Health

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Reducing exposure during pregnancy: Tips to avoid toxic chemicals before, during and after pregnancy.

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