Keep in mind that labels are provided to make sure that the consumer is aware of the possible hazards that are in a product. The Federal Hazardous Substances Act does not require household products to list their ingredients. Fragrance is deemed proprietary so producers are not required to provide their "trade secret". This can lead to the daunting task of figuring out what is in a label.
Watch for words like:
Perfume, Parfum, Fragrance
There can be a multitude of chemicals in one fragrance and sometimes you will notice all three of these on one product!
- Choose a product that lists the ingredients at full disclosure. If the company discloses the ingredients they have nothing to hide!
- You want to have a product fragranced with essential oils.
- Some products will show some essential oils but then note “synthetic fragrance” as well. You want to stay away from those, they are still adding in those “trade secrets”.
- Warning labels are based on 180lb male and a male's response to the chemicals in a product.