Flavour and Fragrances
The Scare: Certain groups say fragrances contain irritants, allergens, hormone disrupters, and toxic chemicals that cause everything from reproductive problems to cancer to neurological disorders.
Origin of the Scare: Products in the U.S. aren’t required to list the exact fragrance ingredients they contain. (But a list of almost all compounds used as fragrances — 3,194 ingredients in all — is publicly available.) Advocacy groups want products to list exact ingredients, claiming many fragrances are dangerous. In June, a new version of the Safe Cosmetics Act returned to Congress, which calls for the listing of all ingredients in products.
Bottom Line: When used as directed there’s no evidence exposure to chemicals in flavours and fragrances are harmful.
'Frankincense is not a monster' - the Simpsons