Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Beauty Info

A Not-So-Sweet Smell

If you've ever read the ingredients list of a cosmetic product, you've probably seen the term "fragrance" on it. Seems kind of vague, doesn't it? Well, that's deliberate— companies aren't required to say what constitutes "fragrance" because that information is considered a trade secret. For this reason, some scary stuff can be hiding behind that term, including phthalates, a group of chemicals that can interfere with reproductive hormones and cause birth defects. If a product contains fragrance, put it back on the shelf.