GRRRR!!! FDA Lets Shampoo Companies Get Away with Murder

What Kind of toxic, carcinogenic crap is in your perfumes, laundry detergent, and lotion? Well, due to an FDA loophole, companies that make this stuff don’t have to reveal ingredients if they’re part of a ‘fragrance’. The FDA requires companies to list all other ingredients, but fragrances are considered ‘trade secrets’ under an obviously outdated law. Am I the only person who finds this TOTALLY OUTRAGEOUS? Check the Environmental Working Group’s video below (and their great website, the Cosmetics Database, for more information and to support their campaign to get the FDA to work for the American people and not corporations that make personal care products.)

Starre Vartan is founder and editor-in-chief of Eco-Chick.com and the author of the Eco-Chick Guide to Life. She's also a freelance science and environment writer who has published in National Geographic, CNN, Scientific American, Mental Floss, Pacific Standard, the NRDC, and many more. She lives on an island in Puget Sound with her partner and black cat. She was a geologist in her first career, and still picks up rocks wherever she goes.