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Shopping Guide. Ethical
manufacturers are not obliged to list their ingredients, there is no easy way
of finding out quite what your favourite perfume does contain'
newly published Good Shopping Guide is the worlds first comprehensive ethical
reference guide to clearly list the behaviour of the companies behind everyday
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Heres what the Good Shopping Guide says
make up one of the ultimate consumer luxuries. Driven by huge advertising campaigns
and promotional activities, the fragrance industry is locked onto the aspirational
and escapist part of human nature.
from the dream and a briefly lingering scent, what we are really being sold in
our bottle of perfume is nothing more than a container of unnamed and unspecified
chemicals, or if were lucky, a phial full of essential oils.
recipes have so far been protected from compulsory labelling as a result of highly-effective
multinational company lobbying. Perfume was recently excluded from EU laws aimed
at full ingredient listing because most perfumes had too many ingredients
to list. The cosmetics and toiletries industry has around 6,000-8,000 ingredients
to play with, although it is hardly likely that any single perfume uses more than
20 or so of these. Only about half of the thousands of ingredients available are
the fragrances themselves.
& animal cruelty
a third of all allergies are caused by fragrance, the elixir in the bottle might
give you headaches, rashes or make you sneeze.
In addition to fragrance,
perfumes sometimes contain cruelly-derived ingredients and fixatives like musk
(a dried secretion from the preputial follicles of the musk deer),
civet (taken from the scent glands of the Ethiopian civet cat), ambergris (taken
from sperm whales) and castor (from follicles near genitals of beavers).
The perfume may also have been made from flowers picked in the Third World (where
many of the cheaper essential oils are sourced), often using child labour.
Unfortunately, since the manufacturers are not obliged to list their ingredients,
there is no easy way of finding out quite what your favourite perfume does contain.
child protection authorities and watchdog groups have criticised the perfume industry
for the marketing of scents for children.
Since 1995, Versace, Agnes B, Nina
Ricci, Givenchy and Guerlain have all introduces childrens perfumes for
children aged between 4 and 15.
Some watchdog groups have expressed the
fear that the premature sexualisation of children in certain advertisements runs
the risk of legitimising and encouraging sexual interest in children.
Shopping Guide ratings
Chanel No 5
CK One (Unisex)
To see how the Good Shopping Guide reached these conclusions,
youll have to buy the book, which is available from Christian Aid by calling
020 7523 2229