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Glade’s Toxic Secrets

You know that SC Johnson commercial (makers of Glade) that’s on 24/7 about how they’re committed to “honesty”? (Except they don’t tell you which fragrance chemicals are in products…) We spoofed it:

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The Problem

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Did you know it’s perfectly legal for American companies to keep “fragrance” ingredients secret? Fragrance is an umbrella ingredient term that can include thousands of chemical combinations. Chemicals of concern in fragrance are linked to allergies, cancer, birth defects, and infertility.

That’s why we’re asking SC Johnson, makers of Glade, Windex, and Pledge to change. SCJ claims to be committed to “honesty” and “transparency,” so why are they keeping fragrance ingredients in their products a secret?

In 2013, WVE teamed up with our friends at SumOfUs.org to deliver 52,000 signatures to SC Johnson asking them to list fragrance ingredients in products. More signatures continue to pour in from Causes, but to date, the company has remained silent.


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Harmful Chemicals in SC Johnson “Fragrance”

SC Johnson has published a master list of nearly 1,500 ingredients they use in their fragrances. However, these ingredients aren’t product-specific, which means that SCJ fragranced products may include any of those chemicals. This massive list is basically useless to the concerned consumer.

Some chemicals of concern in the fragrance palette:

  • Synthetic musks. These chemicals are potential hormone disruptors. They are also persistent (they don’t break down in the environment), bioaccumulative (they build up in our bodies), and may break down the body’s defenses against other toxic exposures. Synthetic musks are showing up in our blood and breast milk.
  • All 26 of the allergens currently disclosed on SCJ product labels in the European Union (EU). SCJ doesn’t disclose these allergens on product labels in the US because they’re not required to by law. Tens of millions of people are sensitized to these chemicals, which cause reactions that range from red bumps, itchiness and wheezing to severe breathing problems.
  • Several additional allergens, which have been deemed of concern in the EU.
  • Several chemicals of concern identified by an EU panel as having no publicly available human safety data.
  • Terpenes, which can react with ground level ozone in the air to form cancer-causing formaldehyde.
  • Petroleum – the same compound in gasoline.