Why You Should Avoid “Fragrance”
What comes to mind when you think of fragrance? Maybe your signature perfume or your husband’s cologne. But what about the scents in your lotion, body wash, shampoo, or face wash? You may see the term “fragrance” or “parfum” on the back of a bottle and pay no mind, assuming it’s just a simple, straight forward ingredient. We hate to break it to you, but this couldn’t be further from the truth!
What Does “Fragrance” Mean?
There’s a reason companies don’t want to disclose what’s actually inside of each fragrance they use. According to the EWG, the average scent contains up to 14 chemicals that aren’t listed on the label and 80% of those have not been tested for human safety. Many of them are even linked to hormone disruption and allergic reactions.
The EWG also notes that 75% of fragrances contain phthalates, a chemical that’s used to make formulas last longer. However, this carcinogen has been linked to cancer, reproductive malformation and diabetes; it’s even been banned in other countries!
What The FDA Says about Fragrances
The personal care industry is not regulated by the FDA, so fragrance falls into the loophole where a company’s scents can be considered “proprietary” (something they don’t have to share). Although the original idea was meant to protect a formula from being replicated or ensure all ingredients can fit on a label, it’s now become a place to hide toxic chemicals.
So when you see “fragrance” on a label, you won’t be able to tell if it’s harmful or whether there are 3 vs. 18 ingredients within it. Sounds pretty deceiving, right?
How You Can Avoid Fragrance
The only sure way to avoid it completely is to check your labels. Remember: anywhere you see “fragrance” or “parfum”, you really have no idea what’s going in that product. Look for items that use essential oils or herbs to add scent rather than questionable ingredients.
In both our Baby Chest Rub and Vapor Rub, we use pure, high quality essential oils. We also use lemon oil to enhance the flavor of our Cough Syrups. You’ll never find any chemicals, flavors, or synthetic ingredients. Mother nature sure does know best!