Facts About Fragrances

There are 3,000 – 5,000 chemicals used in fragrance.1
95% of these chemicals are derived from petroleum.1
Over 80% of the chemicals in fragrance have not been tested for human toxicity.1
Some of the chemicals found in fragranced products are on the EPA hazardous waste list.1-2
The perfume industry is not regulated by any government agency and is not required to disclose the ingredients in “fragrance”.1
The National Academy of Sciences targeted fragrances as one of the six categories of chemicals that should be given high priority for neurotoxicity testing.1

Personal Care Products to Avoid

Perfume and Cologne
All Scented Products - including soaps, shampoo, conditioner, and bath products
Scented Lotions
Scented Shaving Cream, Aftershave
Scented Deodorants and Anti-Perspirants
Scented Shampoo and Conditioner, Hair Spray, Hair Gel and Mousse, and Hair Color
Scented Nail Polish and Remover
Scented Make-up
Scented Anti-Bacterial Hand Wipes or Hand Sanitizer
Other Scented Toiletries

Personal Care Products to Use Instead

Scent - use essential oils if tolerated or eliminate perfume
Fragrance Free Products - soaps, shampoo, conditioner, and bath products
Lotion - use unscented versions or natural oils such as jojoba, coconut, and olive oil
Shaving Cream - soap
Aftershave - witch hazel or hydrogen peroxide
Deodorant - peroxide, natural salt crystal, baking soda, unscented deodorants
Hair Styling - aloe vera gel, lemon juice
Hair Color - natural variations, peroxide to bleach, all natural henna for color
Shampoo / Conditioner - unscented variations, baking soda, vinegar, citric acid, oils
Nail Polish and Remover - safer variations from a health food store or go au natural
Make-up - unscented, natural variations or go au natural