Cosmetics like shampoos, shower gels, shaving creams and body lotions contain fragrance to improve the user’s experience.
For many consumers, fragrance is considered to be an important factor in cleaning products such as laundry detergents, fabric softeners, dryer sheets, room fresheners and carpet fresheners.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission regulates consumer products people use in the home, which can include laundry detergents, fabric softeners, dryer sheets, room fresheners and carpet fresheners.
Diethylphthalate (DEP) is a phthalate commonly used in fragrance as a solvent and a fixative. In 2002, the Cosmetic Ingredient Review Expert Panel reaffirmed its original conclusion that DEP was safe to use in cosmetic products.
Uses & Benefits
Fragrances are used in products for a variety of reasons to enhance the user experience. Fragrances can provide a pleasant odor and make the products more recognizable or distinct, as well as help mask the smell of some ingredients.
Some research shows that fragrances can satisfy emotional needs and communicate ideas such as cleanliness, freshness and softness, as well as help to alleviate stress and create well-being.
Fragrances in Cosmetics and Personal Care Products
Fragrance ingredients are commonly used in a range of personal care products. Cosmetics like shampoos, shower gels, shaving creams and body lotions contain fragrance to improve the user’s experience, and maybe even general health. For example, fragranced soap may encourage people to wash their hands, leading to better hygiene. Even products labeled as unscented may contain some fragrance to mask the unpleasant smell of other ingredients.
Fragrances in Cleaning Products
Fragrance is also added to many of the products people use in the home such as laundry detergents, fabric softeners, dryer sheets, room fresheners and carpet fresheners. For many consumers, fragrance is considered to be an important factor in cleaning products.
Fragrance can help to make a product more recognizable and enhance the overall sensory experience. Fragrance is also added to some products to help mask unpleasant odors of other product ingredients.
The Fair Packaging and Labeling Act requires a product marketed to consumers include a list of ingredients. The product must also be labeled with its net contents, the identity of the item and the name or place of business of the products’ manufacturer, packer or distributor. Under U.S. regulations, fragrance ingredients can simply be listed as “Fragrance.” People with questions about allergic reactions to a fragrance may wish to contact the product manufacturer for more information.
Diethylphthalate, or DEP, can be used in fragrances as a solvent and fixative. DEP has not been found to pose a risk to human health as currently used in fragrances and cosmetics. If DEP gets on your skin, your body will likely only absorb a small amount of it. DEP and the chemicals it breaks down into will leave your body, mostly through the urine, in approximately two days.