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Fragrance (or parfum), is an umbrella term for thousands of other chemicals. Since fragrance is proprietary—meaning manufacturers don’t have to legally share what, exactly, makes up the said fragrance—they can hide some truly nasty & harmful chemicals, like phthalates, associated with damaging the male reproductive system or octoxynols and nonoxynols which break down into persistent hormone disruptors.
What else won’t the ingredients list tell you? The origin of the ingredients or even how it was produced. A perfect example would be our unrefined Argan oil, which means it still has all its beneficial content, intact, whereas the others may choose to refine & undergo a chemical treatment to make sure it doesn’t have a strong odour or colour, removing all the goodies with it.
You also won’t be able to tell from the ingredients list if the ingredient is vegetable derived, animal derived or lab synthetized and that is very important. To take an example, glycerine, one out of many chemicals can be either animal or vegetable derived, if you are a vegan or vegetarian, it may not be suitable for you, unless the suitability is specifically stated on the packaging.
While a budding chemist bordering on the realms of magic, can synthesize a chemical of a nature identical molecule in the lab, the process to create it is not always clean. There can be many contaminants present in the final product – which does not have to be listed on the label, many of these contaminants can be highly irritating to your skin even in extremely small concentrations.
There really is more to a label than meets the eye.