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Glycol ethers are a family of ingredients. While some glycol ethers have been demonstrated to cause reproductive harm, that’s not true of the whole ingredient family. SC Johnson ONLY allows fragrances with glycol ethers that live up to International Fragrance Association standards and our own SC Johnson standards.
Parabens are a family of preservatives that are widely used in cosmetics. Some of our fragrances contain small amounts of parabens to preserve the fragrance and formula. While a small number of people have allergies to preservatives, they play an important role. Without them, many products would not last more than a week or two before being contaminated by bacteria, mold or yeast. So, we believe adding preservatives in the smallest effective quantity makes sense. We only use parabens that live up to International Fragrance Association standards and our own SC Johnson standards.
Phthalates are actually a large family of ingredients that have many uses. Our fragrance palette does not include phthalates. In 2008, we began requiring our suppliers to phase out phthalates from the fragrances they supply for SC Johnson products.
d-Limonene is an essential fragrance material that is distilled from the oil extracted from citrus peels. Many of our fragrances do contain small amounts of d-Limonene. There are some concerns about using d-Limonene because it can sometimes cause skin sensitivity or allergies on contact. d-Limonene is one the EU 26 allergens, which is a list of common fragrance components that can potentially cause a skin reaction in individuals who are already allergic to those materials.However, consistent with the IFRA standards, we require that fragrance ingredients only be used at concentrations that have not been shown to result in allergic responses in people who are not sensitive to these materials. And, as required by law, where d-Limonene is used this is clearly stated in the ingredients list on the label of the relevant product.
For many years, musk for fragrance was extracted from the glands of male musk deer. But in recent decades, synthetic musks have replaced natural musks for ethical and economic reasons. Polycyclic and nitromusks are two types of synthetic musks. SC Johnson fragrances do not use nitromusks, which have been linked to reproductive issues. We do use polycyclic musks (for example, Galaxolide and Tonalide), which are commonly used in household products and cosmetics and are not classified as either toxic or bioaccumulative, meaning they are not known to build up in the environment. That said, some recent studies have detected these polycyclic musks in blood and mother’s milk samples. When we see new information like that, we take extra care in our analysis of an ingredient, but we have not yet seen any scientific indication of adverse effects of polycyclic musks at the levels in our fragrances. As in the case with all our ingredients, if new scientific information emerges about polycyclic musks, we will evaluate the science and where appropriate make changes to our fragrance palette.
Dyes, preservatives and fragrances provide valuable benefits. Dyes can be an important visual cue that helps you know you are using the product you intended to use. Or for products such as candles, dyes can help you match a color to your home décor. Preservatives prevent the growth of microbes as products sit on store shelves or in the home, helping the products last longer and perform better, without becoming spoiled. Finally, many people associate a fresh fragrance with a clean and welcoming home, and they specifically seek out products that offer this added benefit.
While some chemicals, such as asbestos and arsenic are very dangerous, or “toxic,” just about every chemical has a degree of toxicity associated with it. Take table salt, or sodium chloride, for example. When used sparingly, table salt simply makes dinner taste better. But if you eat an excessive amount, table salt can be a factor in high blood pressure. So is it toxic? The answer is: Table salt CAN be toxic if used excessively, but when used in moderation, it’s NOT toxic. What matters is the amount used, or dose.
These ingredients are common components of many fragrances, especially those based on essential oils such as citrus, floral and pine fragrances. Depending on the particular fragrance, our formulas may contain some of these materials. Safe levels that will not result in allergic effects have been determined and are the basis for the IFRA standards developed for all 26 materials. Our fragrances use these materials at the lowest concentrations possible in creating the fragrance, and always below the safe levels established by the IFRA standards and in accordance with applicable laws. Wherever one or more of the EU 26 allergens is in use, each of these EU 26 allergens is clearly declared on the product label as required by law.While there are a number of different nomenclatures for these allergens, below are their common names per the EU Cosmetic Directive:
• 2-Benzylideneheptanal (Amyl cinnamal)• Benzyl alcohol• Cinnamyl alcohol• 3,7-Dimethyl-2,6-octadienal (Citral)• Phenol, 2-methoxy-4-(2-propenyl) (eugenol)• Hydroxycitronellal• Phenol, 2-methoxy-4-(1-propenyl)- (Isoeugenol)• 2-Pentyl-3-phenylprop-2-en-1-ol (Amylcinnamyl alcohol)• Benzyl salicylate• 2-Propenal, 3-phenyl- (Cinnamal)• 2H-1-Benzopyran-2-one (coumarin)• 2,6-Octadien-1-ol, 3,7-dimethyl-, (2E)- (geraniol)• 3 and 4-(4-Hydroxy-4-methylpentyl) cyclohex-3-ene-1-carbaldehyde (Hydroxyisohexyl 3-cyclohexene carboxaldehyde) (HICC or Lyral®) • 4-Methoxybenzyl alcohol (Anise alcohol)• 2-Propenoic acid, 3-phenyl-, phenylmethyl ester (Benzyl cinnamate)• 2,6,10-Dodecatrien-1-ol, 3,7,11-trimethyl- (Farnesol) • 2-(4-tert-Butylbenzyl) propionaldehyde (Butylphenyl methylpropional)• 1,6-Octadien-3-ol, 3,7-dimethyl- (Linalool)• Benzyl benzoate• 3,7-dimethyloct-6-en-1-ol (Citronellol)• 2-Benzylideneoctanal (Hexyl cinnamal)• 4R)-1-Methyl-4-(1-methylethenyl)cyclohexene (limonene)• Methyl heptin carbonate (Methyl 2-octynoate)• 3-Methyl-4-(2,6,6-trimethyl-2-cyclohexen-1-yl)-3-buten-2-one (alpha-Isomethyl ionone)• Evernia prunastri extract (oak oss extract)• Evernia furfuracea extract (treemoss extract)