- secret chemicals not listed on labels,
- chemicals that have not been assessed for safety (the fragrance industry has published safety assessments for only 34% of the unlabeled ingredients), and/or
- multiple chemicals that can trigger allergic reactions or disrupt hormones.
Raising a stink about smelling good
Tip #2: Our next lifestyle tip on How to Reduce Toxic Exposure moves us from the kitchen to the bathroom. Many of the scents we use to mimic the smells of nature are anything but natural. We now understand that fragranced products we use in our beauty routines (you too, men!) are disrupting our hormones, triggering allergies and posing a risk for a range of health effects from sperm damage, thyroid disruption and cancer. Beauty just got ugly. A new study: ‘Not So Sexy, The Health Risks of Secret Chemicals in Fragrance’ released by The Environmental Working Group in May 2010 revealed that many top-selling fragrance products contain: