Women’s Voices Join In Fragrance Disclosure Debate, Citing Allergy Risks
This article was originally published in The Rose Sheet
NGO Women’s Voices for the Earth says the rising incidence of fragrance allergy worldwide points to a need for fragrance ingredient disclosure. In an online petition, the group is calling on IFRA to establish “an industry-wide policy” of full transparency so consumers can make informed choices about fragranced product use.
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