Chemicals used as preservatives, synthetic fragrance, chemical solvents, petrolatum, mineral oil, nano materials are of most concern. Increasing consumer awareness about the harmful effects of these chemicals has forced leading manufacturers to discontinue the use many chemicals like parabens, formaldehyde releasing preservatives, talc, etc. in the recent years.
We can now see more and more companies using terms like ‘organic’, ‘natural’, ‘no synthetic fragrance’ on their products. However, besides lacking the right amount of organic ingredients, sometimes they have also been found to contain potentially harmful chemicals, often mentioned as ‘base material’ on the label. Without full ingredient disclosure on the label it is hard to really know the truth behind these terms.
Consumer awareness about the safety of the personal care products is the need of the hour. General guidelines for parents:
The government of our country should design firmer laws that take care of all the loopholes through which manufacturers escape. In case of presence of any toxic substance, the company should supply a comprehensive literature regarding it. There should be strict policies regarding declaration of complete ingredients that go into the making of a product onto the label.
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