Did you know that most perfumes contain toxic chemicals, animal ingredients, and are tested on animals? I was shocked when I learned this. I wanted to create healthy and cruelty-free alternatives for people like me. That’s why our perfumes are made only with pure plant oils.
Most perfumes contain toxic chemicals such as parabens, ethanol, and even formaldehyde. The Environmental Working Group reports, “The average fragrance product tested contained 14 secret chemicals not listed on the label. Among them are chemicals associated with hormone disruption and allergic reactions, and many substances that have not been assessed for safety.”
You may already be aware that many cosmetics are still tested on animals, even though humane alternatives exist. China requires perfumes and all cosmetics to be animal tested. Many major beauty companies test on animals to be able to sell products in China.
Here are some popular perfume companies that test on animals:
• Marc Jacobs Fragrances
• Dolce & Gabana
• Lancome (L’Oreal)
In perfumes, animal ingredients do not need to be labeled. Perfume manufacturers are allowed to include animal ingredients under “fragrances.”
Animal ingredients that are often used in perfumes are:
• Ambergris (from the sperm whale’s digestive secretions)
• Castoreum (from the castor sacs of beavers)
• Civet (excretions from the African cat-like animal)
• Hyraceum (feces and urine from the hyrax, a rabbit-like mammal)
• Kasturi (secretions from a male deer’s gland)
• Lanolin (sheep’s wool fat)
• Musk (from the glands of the male musk deer)
This is probably enough to make you rethink buying conventional perfume.
What do you think? Are you surprised that most perfumes contains toxins and are tested on animals?
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