Have a question in mind? Here you'll find some of the common questions people ask, and more.
We work closely with our fragrance suppliers to ensure that we have evaluated the ingredients in our fragrances, both for human health and the environment. We meet the regulatory requirements of the countries in which we operate, as well as the standards specified by the International Fragrance Association (IFRA).
Plus, at SC Johnson, we take the review of fragrance ingredients a step further. We evaluate them not only under the IFRA standards, but also under our own standards. We start with the IFRA list and then apply our own internal requirements. These internal requirements may look at the same criteria as IFRA, such as carcinogicity, mutagenicity or reproductive toxicity, but at SC Johnson, we may take a different view of an ingredient. In some instances, we may also consider additional factors such as consumer confidence with ingredients or other scientific viewpoints.
Not in all cases. Products made from natural materials may have more allergens than products made from synthetic materials. For example, fragrances made from natural fragrance materials may contain allergens at higher levels than fragrances made from primarily synthetic materials.
Not necessarily. "Natural" or home remedies are not necessarily safer, effective or lower in allergens. In fact, many natural products undergo limited or no scientific testing compared to the extensive toxicological evaluations that companies like SC Johnson require for their product formulations.
This is a great question and you’ll sometimes hear about this debate as it relates to chemical laws and regulations. “Hazard” is a property of an ingredient. For example, the hazard from table salt is that it can contribute to high blood pressure. “Risk” is the LIKELIHOOD that the hazard will happen. Using the table salt example, the risk of high blood pressure is low if you don’t eat too much of it. So risk is about the degree of hazard with an ingredient AND the dose that a person receives – meaning the amount and the length of the exposure over time. Some people argue that ingredients with any hazard are harmful. But as with the table salt example, often hazards can be easily managed.
At SC Johnson, we take a risk-based approach. This means:
• Ensuring that ingredients with hazardous properties are restricted to safe levels and keep to the lowest concentration for the job at hand, as required by local laws.
• Designing products to act quickly, to reduce the amount and duration of exposure.
• Designing packaging that reduces exposure, for example ensuring a product that could trigger a skin allergy is packaged in a leak-proof container.
• Designing sprays to minimize inhalation, for example creating bigger droplets of cleaner so they’ll fall to the surface you’re cleaning instead of hanging in the air.
• Providing clear label instructions to prevent misuse that could increase the risk associated with using a product. Labels are there for a reason – please make sure you read and follow instructions.
We created our Greenlist™ process back in 2001 to help our scientists choose ingredients families can trust - evaluating them based on their impact on the environment and human health. As part of the SC Johnson Greenlist™ process, we review our ingredients annually.When SC Johnson scientists create a new product or new formula, they work to select raw materials with the highest possible ratings. Reformulations must use ingredients that have ratings equal to or better than the original formula.We continue to validate and improve the SC Johnson Greenlist™ process. It has been reviewed by organizations such as the World Wildlife Fund. It also has been recognized with various awards You can learn more about the SC Johnson Greenlist™ process here.
Some individuals have allergies to certain fragrances or other product ingredients. If you have such allergies, we recommend you contact your physician to discuss these issues further. You may also want to contact our consumer product helpline prior to using SC Johnson products containing these ingredients or fragrances, and they can help you determine which ones would be best for you. You can reach them at 800-558-5252.