Fragrances can include hundreds, if not thousands of chemicals in them. The exact number can vary depending on the fragrance and the brand, but it's estimated that the average fragrance can contain up to 300 individual ingredients. Here's why fragrance ingredients are not disclosed:
Fragrance ingredients are considered to be trade secrets. Manufacturers are not required to disclose the specific ingredients used in their fragrances because they are protected under trade secret laws. This means that manufacturers can keep the ingredients secret to maintain a competitive advantage in the marketplace.
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not require fragrance manufacturers to disclose the ingredients used in their products. While the FDA does require cosmetic products to be safe for use, fragrance ingredients are not subject to pre-market approval or disclosure requirements.
Fragrance ingredients can be complex mixtures of chemicals, and it can be difficult to determine the exact composition of a fragrance. This makes it challenging to assess the safety of individual fragrance ingredients.
Some fragrance ingredients may be considered to be potentially harmful to human health, and manufacturers may not want to disclose these ingredients to avoid negative publicity or legal liability.
The IFRA (International Fragrance Association) has stated that the fragrance industry is self-regulated and that the safety of fragrances is the responsibility of the manufacturers. The IFRA has created a code of practice for its members that outlines guidelines for the use of fragrance ingredients, but it is voluntary and not legally binding.
For us, we don't want to breathe in more chemicals in our home that we're already exposed to during everyday daily life. The toxin burden for everyday life is already overwhelming when you examine the products you use daily, from the pans you cook with to the skincare you use morning and night. We believe that you absorb what you inhale, and that what goes on your skin goes in your skin. That's one of the reasons why we say no to petrochemicals and synthetic fragrances, and yes to essential oils and plant-powered extracts. We believe in the power of essential oils and the natural health benefits they can offer. Meaningful Mantras strives to create the cleanest, highest quality aromatherapy candles in the world. By doing this, we hope to make each home a little bit healthier knowing that the products that ship to you are clean, petrochemical free, and contain many wonderful plant-powered benefits.