Not so Sexy: The Health Risks of Secret Chemicals in Fragrance, Canadian Edition

This report found that the fragrances Canadians are using every day contain a dozen or more secret chemicals not listed on labels, multiple chemicals that can trigger allergic reactions or disrupt hormones, and many substances that have not been assessed for safety by the beauty industry’s self-policing review panels.

The study looked at 17 fragrances, bought in Canada and the U.S. and tested by an independent laboratory in California. Canadian fragrances tested were some of the highest scoring:

  • An average of 14 secret chemicals per product: These chemicals were not listed on labels due to a loophole that allows companies to lump all fragrance ingredients under the word "parfum" or "fragrance". American Eagle Seventy Seven (bought in Canada) contained 24 hidden chemicals, the highest number of any product in the study.
  • An average of 10 sensitizing chemicals: These chemicals can trigger allergic effects, such as headaches, wheezing, asthma, and contact dermatitis. Giorgio Armani Acqua Di Gio (bought in Canada) contained 19 different sensitizing chemicals, more than any other product in the study.
  • A total of 12 different hormone disrupting chemicals, with an average of 4 in each product. Halle by Halle Berry, Quiksilver (bought in Canada) and Jennifer Lopez J. Lo Glow each contained 7 different chemicals with the potential to disrupt the hormone system; 6 of these chemicals mimic the hormone estrogen and 1 is associated with thyroid effects

 

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