Not so sexy

Study shows perfume labels are misleading

A recent Campaign for Safe Cosmetics study found that all perfumes in a random sample contained ingredients not listed on their labels—many of which can pose health risks, according the campaign’s website.

The 17 products tested included designer and celebrity scents such as Calvin Klein, Chanel, Keira Knightley and Britney Spears. On average, the scents contained 14 unlisted ingredients, which the campaign predicts is due to the lack of federal regulation by entities such as the Food and Drug Administration regarding perfume-label requirements.

The independent California lab that tested the scents found that all contained potentially allergenic chemicals that can cause wheezing or headaches, as well as at least one or more chemicals that have been linked to hormone disruption.

To view a full copy of the report, “Not So Sexy,” visit