If the reality of what makes up a synthetic fragrance has led you to ditch your perfume, I don’t blame you. Until I learned what makes up a mass market perfume, I had always assumed that their ingredients were naturally derived. If it smelled like vanilla, I figured that was because the perfume was made with vanilla. But that is not the case for your average bottled scent. Most every perfume on the market is a lab creation of mostly 3100 stock chemical ingredients. Even worse, the blend is considered “proprietary information” and the FDA allows manufacturers to keep ingredients a secret, not having to disclose them on the label.
Laboratory tests commissioned by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics and analyzed by the Environmental Working Group revealed 38 secret chemicals in 17 brand name fragrances like American Eagle 77, Chanel and Giorgio Armani Acqua Di Gio.
Have you noticed that every celebrity out there is now marketing their own scent? It can be quite a lucrative deal for the celebrity endorsement and the perfume house. The ingredients are inexpensive, the markup is huge and profit is through the roof!